This past weekend, the hubs and I took off for a little getaway to the Windy City! While it was tough leaving Nola and Paige behind with their grammys, it was such a great time to recharge and spend some one on one time; our first overnight away since Nola was born!
We got into the city Friday afternoon and of course, immediately kicked off our day with shopping and site seeing! I basically made a beeline for Nordstrom to check out the insanity for myself! I’ve been shopping the #nsale online all last week, but Friday was the first day it was open to the public. Let’s just say, I wish even more that we had a Nordstrom close by! It was chaos, but so worth it! And Aaron definitely appreciated the bar in the midst of the men’s department!
I already did most of my shopping online, but I did find some adorable Fall outfits for Nola, as well as a sweet touch and feel book with a corresponding stuffed animal! I also treated myself to a legit, grown up purse. When in Rome!
In the evening, we headed for cocktails at Rebar in the Trump tower. The atmosphere of course, was sophisticated, upscale and every detail was impeccable. I had heard wonderful reviews about our dinner venue, RPM Steak and it did NOT disappoint! The restaurant was beautiful – everything you would expect from a fine dining restaurant, and the food was incredible! I could probably eat their Coal Roasted King Crab every single day and not get tired of it!
On Saturday, we did all the typical touristy things: walking through all the parks, Navy Pier, more shopping on Michigan Ave and of course, tons of eating! The weather was brutally hot – high 80’s and so humid! I was a bit paranoid about ruining my camera lens from condensation so I didn’t get quite as many pictures as I would have liked!
Saturday night, we had tickets to the Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams Tour at Soldier Field. I am a HUGE Coldplay fan – their music and their shows are so joyful! You can’t help but be in a fantastic mood listening to them! I saw them when they came to Des Moines back in 2009 and it was such an amazing experience! I wanted to share that with Aaron, so when I saw they were coming to Chicago, I snapped up tickets the minute they went on sale!
It was just starting to rain as we walked to the arena, but nothing too crazy. We stepped out onto the field to find our seats and within 5 minutes, officials from Soldier Field gave the order to evacuate the field; severe storms were rolling through, so everyone with floor seats had to shelter in the underground tunnels.
Finally, after about 2 hours, the storm had passed, and we were allowed to take our seats! Due to the delay, the opening acts were cancelled, which meant the entire show would be Coldplay! And boy, did they deliver!
Towards the end of the show, the rain picked up again. After a quick consult with the staff at Soldier Field, Chris Martin announced that they had to cut their show short, but he could squeeze in one more song before we had to evacuate. In the pouring rain, 60,000 people danced, sang and jumped to Sky Full of Stars! It was the most liberating, celebratory feeling in the world! I’m so thankful I got to share that experience with Aaron!
Unfortunately after that experience, we then had to walk back about 2 miles from Soldier Field to our hotel. Not exactly joyful, but I am thankful that I didn’t bring my DSLR or my new purse to the concert! They were safe and dry in the hotel!
The next morning, it was up bright and early to hit the road. This was our first weekend away from Nola, and we were so anxious to get back home! The trip was a blast, but nothing beats being home with the circus. Although I hear Coldplay will be in Dallas in August…. wonder if tickets are still available?? 🙂
A welcome site! I missed that sweet smile! A HUGE thank you to my mom for keeping her while we were away!