Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Chicago. Perhaps the most typically American place in America.
James Bryce

This past weekend I met my mom in Chicago for a weekend vacation to celebrate her 60th (wow!) birthday. We had a wonderful time traveling back in her life a bit with places from her childhood, seeing the sites, exploring, eating and laughing.

It was a wonderful trip to not only spend time with my mom on her birthday but also see such a fun city!

We stayed at the Ambassador East, in the Gold Coast area.

Outside of our hotel

Photos in the hotel's famous Pump Room of all the celebrities that have eaten there.

Beautiful neighborhood around the hotel.

We drove north to see where my mom grew up and joined her Aunt Rosie and husband for lunch.

My mom's childhood home in Glenview

Wrigley Field

Water Tower on Michigan Ave.

Stopped by the American Girl store to say hi to my Molly.

Victoria's Secret had angel wings to pose with up and down Michigan Ave.

At the Chicago River

On the architectural boat tour, cold and rainy but still fun.

Can't even see the top of the Sears/Willis Tower!

Beautiful trees along the river.

On State Street

My mom used to go to Marshall Field all of the time with her grandmother.

We had lunch in Marshall Field's famous Walnut Room.

At The Second City - hysterical!

Birthday dinner for mom at The Drake

The Drake ballroom where my grandparents had their wedding reception in 1939.

Birthday lady at dinner in the Cape Cod Room

State Street at the Chicago River

Episcopal Cathedral (See how the steeple is black? It is the only part of the original church that survived the Chicago fire)

In front of the Art Institute

Cloud Gate in Millennium Park

Ferris Wheel on Navy Pier

Heading up on the Ferris Wheel

Beautiful view!


My Husband's Watching TV... said...

Wow! You guys did a lot in a little time. Looks like an awesome time though. Happy Birthday Randall's Mom!!!

Rachel H. said...

What a fun weekend! You and your mom have such a great relationship, and it is TOO cute! :)

kari said...

Beautiful pictures, looks like you guys had a great time!

Angie said...

Your mom's childhood home looks like the Frank Lloyd Wright house in Kirkwood!!!!
Looks like you had an amazing time! How special that she got to see some relatives and visit her old haunts. I did that with my mom one time and she really loved it.

Anonymous said...

What busy ladies you were! My Mom, Aunt and I went to Chicago for a girl's weekend and I loved it. (Love your coat!)

Happy Daily said...

What a great weekend! Thanks for sharing the photos! I love your cute coat!

I hope you have a great day!

Heidi said...

Your trip looked amazing! And your Mama is soooo cute!

...I left my enthusiasm on your fb pic comment about Molly...

I believe you were there to see MY Molly!! :) I LOVE her soooo much!

Kristen said...

Those are GREAT pictures! Looks like a wonderful time! I've always wanted to go to Chicago but have never been. Hope your mom had a memorable 60th!

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