Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Chicago Trip

I just got back from a business/pleasure trip with Paul for 5 days. We left a couple of days early to enjoy the city, since it was my first time seeing the Windy City. I know this isn't about Sophie and Sage, but I thought I'd post anyway.

It was great hanging out in Chicago, what a clean, diverse, and fun city...

We flew in Saturday evening, stayed at the exquisite Hilton Hotel.

Then, took a nice walk to Lake Michigan. Wow! There were colored fountains, fireworks over the Pier (Navy Pier), beaches, beautiful boats (yachts), and various bands playing along the lakefront at different parties. It was lovely and magical being there with my sweetie!

On the way back, we strolled through Millennial Park and enjoyed a taste of the concert in the park. It was huge. So many came and brought their chairs, snacks, drinks, etc. to enjoy the Stars of Lyric Opera. I Noticed right away how nice and polite everyone was- I truly enjoyed the mid-west people! (I must, I married one:)

Walking back to the hotel, someone came up behind me and startled me as he tapped me from behind. I jumped back and turned around to see Guy standing there, a good friend from high school. What are the chances? He was there for a design convention- pretty funny. It was nice chatting with him, although he freaked me out for a minute, almost got hit :).

The next morning, we rented bikes and rode down the lakefront. A pleasant way to start the day! The weather was great and we got a little workout in while enjoying the amazing sights. The air is so nice and clear- the wind blows away all the pollution. I kinda like the "Windy City", at least this time of year. Then back to the hotel to get ready for our first Broadway play- "Wicked".

OK, Wicked was FABULOUS! Highlight of our trip. Can't wait to take our kids when it comes to our city next year.

Showed in the opulent & stunning "Oriental Theatre"

Then I enjoyed my first authentic Chicago Deep Dish Pizza at Giordano's. Man is it filling! It puts the pizza around here to shame, delicious!

Day 3 started with an Architecture River Cruise through the city. So interesting learning about the older buildings and designs mixed with the newer ones. Seeing many designs from my favorite designer "Frank Lloyd Wright" and the triangle "Sullivan" designs. The many Gothic buildings and Renaissance influence with the intricate workmanship. I'm amazed at the vision these designers have. Brought back my college days. Slide show coming.

That afternoon, we geared up for the Cubs game at Wrigley Field. Wow! It was awesome just being at Wrigley Field. Such nostalgia and excitement to watch a game there. Ya, my first Major League game, I must've lived a sheltered life, well, sort of. We enjoyed the whole baseball experience- hot dogs, peanuts, nachos, yelling (I mean cheering), new cubs T-shirts and baseball caps for the kids. Cubs beat Cardinals 12 to 3. Go Cubbies! What a fun time.

We traveled to the game on the "EL" (Elevated Train- had to experience the subway at least once, what a smooth system, it was great. Proud to say, we only went the wrong way once, should've followed me hon LOL). For everything else, we just walked or took a taxi, it was nice having everything so close and not having to rent a car to see the city.

Here I am with my Dunkin doughnut, it's probably good we don't have those around here.

Before the game, my sweetie took me on a shopping spree at the Majestic Mile on Michigan street. He's truly awesome! He knows I don't have time to shop much at home, so we found some great stuff. Thanks hon, you're the best!!

Then we got dressed up for the welcome ceremony. Well, it's been awhile since I've really dressed up, it felt great! The international Honda group (about 3000) met & mingled and ate the delicious food prepared. It was good.

The next morning we went to the unveiling of the 2008 Honda Accord. So sweet!! More luxurious and a little larger then before. I like the lines in the Coupe (dang, my whole family won't fit in one, I'll have to keep my Pilot :). We went to our seminars that day, had a little more time for shopping, skipped out on the spread that Honda serves for dinner and enjoyed steaks at Morton's with Paul's bosses & wives. Thanks Dave, it was delicious! Then, went back for the farewell show- Rod Stewart Concert (and they call this a business trip). Yes, Honda sure knows how to put on a show. The concert was better then I expected, didn't think I was much of a Rod Stewart fan, but it was awesome, we knew and liked all of the songs he sang (didn't you think he was great on American Idol last season). He sounds the same as he did 25 years ago, but his moves reminds me of Hugh Grant in "Music & Lyrics", too funny. This was another first- but this time for my husband (first concert).

What a marvelous time!! I admit, it was a little hard leaving my children, especially Trevor and our girls- being younger. Since the girls have been home a year already, I felt they could handle it, and it's been too long since Paul and I have gone overnight without our kiddos, so this was a treat! I prepared Sophie & Sage before we left- and they did so well! They asked for us often and counted down the days, but they had a wonderful time with Grandma's, Danny & Lyndsay, and their Aunt Brenda. I knew they were in great hands, and we called them every night. Big big thanks to all who helped!! Our children were happy and content when we got home.

Here's our girls greeting us when we got home (we snuck up on them), love those smiles, love those girls!! They were terribly missed!


Sophie's Mom said...

Wow! You must be exhausted from all the fun! I'm wishing right now DH worked for Honda! Seems they take very good care of their employees!

Annette said...

Wow, it sounds like you've done about everything you would want to do visiting Chicago for the first time! I so want to see Wicked! Looks like you guys had a great time!

GrandmaD said...

What a great Second Honeymoon! Well earned and deserved! You guys really know how to live it up and have fun! Sounds like a great city to do it in!! Good job on the blog Dianne!
Grandma D and the kids had a great time the few days we had together -going to the Fair, swimming in the pool, Nika driving to church! We found as much mischief as we could while Mom and Dad were away!!

The Boyacks said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip. I am now adding Chicago to one of the places that I would like to go and visit. Wish that Philip had a work trip like that - the only one that is with out fail is Las Vegas and who wants to spend a week in Vegas. Looks like you had a great time - glad to read about your trip.

miss.mer said...

I am so glad you guys got to experience that it sound like it was truly amazing. I definetly have to go and get an authentic pizza!! I really want to see Wicked, I'm gunna have to look it up to see when they're gunna be here! I'm glad the kids had so much fun too, that's great. Love you all. said...

OMG, do you guys look smashing! Chicago is one of my favorite cities. I would never live there (tooo cold) but boy is it fun visiting. Fh and I flew in a couple of years ago to see Bruce Springsteen. We have been known to fly all over the place to see the "Bruce". Sounds like you hit some of the popular spots too.... Looks like you really enjoyed yourself.