I (MW) had meetings in Chicago this weekend, and my BFF Julie tagged along for the ride. We had an absolute blast! I went in a day early so we'd have some downtime before I had to work Friday and Saturday. We arrived Thursday and had a delicious deep dish pizza at Pizano's, followed by an awesome architectural boat tour on the river. We got some really great photos (of course) and had a great time! We also visited the bean (no trip to Chicago is fun without it;) and the rest of millennium park, enjoyed two of my faves - garrett's popcorn and argo tea, and rounded off the day with a fabulous dinner with Naama and Katie at cibo matto, the new restaurant at the Wit.
On Friday, I had to work but Julie headed over to Willis Tower and braved the glass-bottomed observation cubes and got some really great photos before the storms set in. She saw a movie with some of her new friends (I work with some awesome girlies I tell ya) and they had a nice dinner and I met up with them later in the hotel bar for drinks with an old friend who now lives in Milwaukee and drove in to see us!
On Saturday, after my meetings, Jules and I hung out with Naams and Erin for a bit, and then grabbed a late lunch and headed to the airport, only to find all flights to Atlanta had been canceled due to inclement weather (in Atlanta - tornadoes and all). So we headed BACK to the hotel, watched a movie, and then had a great dinner at Carmine's with Katie, Naama and Erin. Julie's buddy pass chances were shot to hell with all the cancellations on Saturday, so she ended up booking a cheap one-way back to Atlanta and headed out at 5 am. Naams and I followed at 9:45 and we all arrived safe and happy in Atlanta to sleep in our own beds once again.
It was a really fun weekend and I'm so glad my bestie got to come along and spend some much-needed time in her favorite city!