Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Our First Get Away...Since Sarah Was Born!

This past spring, Chris & I received an invite to his annual company party.  This wouldn't be like the parties of the past with a family picnic day or dinner at Maggiano's.  This was ILLCO's 40th Anniversary Party!  

A block of rooms were reserved at The Palmer House Hotel and Carmichael's Steakhouse was closed to the public for the evening to host this party.  Since becoming parents, we have never had an over night get away just us two.  So this sounded like music to my ears!  So here are a ridiculous amount of selfies to document our little weekend.

Waiting for the train.

 My handsome hubby of 11 years!

Fall is one of my favorite seasons of the year.  It may actually be my favorite now that I'm thinking about it.  Sarah loves it too. So I took this picture outside of Union Station to show her that Chicago is ready for fall too!

We were starving by the time we got downtown, but we didn't want to eat too much ahead of our lovely dinner.  So we found a Chipotle and shared a burrito bowl!  A lady took pity on on horrible attempt to photograph ourselves and offered to take our picture.  

This hotel is gorgeous.  I'm really sad that I didn't take pictures to show how ornate and beautifully decorated it is inside.  We just didn't have enough time.

Sadly the pictures I took of us on my iPhone that night really didn't turn out.  We had a great time!  It was a little chilly, so we didn't enjoy the patio at the restaurant as much as I would have liked.  The dinner was delicious and the atmosphere comfy.  Mr. Glass and his wife were so gracious to host this event for all employees.  It made for a wonderful first time get away for this daddy and mommy.

The next morning was beautiful.  We got up early.  Chris ran to get donuts and coffee while I got ready.  We checked out soon after so we could enjoy the city.  We walked through Millennium Park which is always a favorite thing to do.  Then we headed north up Michigan Ave. to The American Girl store for a surprise for Sarah.  I think we enjoy that store as much as she does!

This art exhibit was on display in the park.  It was interesting to say the least.

Chris thought this one looked like it was in a straight jacket!

We took time to explore the WGN building from the outside.  We looked at all the different stones from all over the world that is a part of the building.  We walked past the WGN radio studio while movie & entertainment critic Dean Richards was on the air.  He waived to us and another couple as we stopped outside his studio window for a minute.

Meanwhile, Sarah was at her first over nighter up in Crystal Lake with my cousins Sheryll & Marty.  This was technically her first planned overnight away that didn't include Chris being at the ER or staying with her cousins during Christmas vacation.  She had a great time too!

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