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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Chicago: In a Few Pictures

Here I am homies: In front of the Buckingham Fountain. Look at me -- so positive and jubilant in the days before the marathon. Ah, who knew I'd be huddled up near there after the race waiting for my husband while I cried? Below: My husband and I in the Signature Room atop the John Hancock Tower. We enjoyed our beers there and the view. My husband came out in shadow in the picture, but he's really not evil in real life.
Here's my best T-Rex pose in front of Sue at the Field Museum. We spent half the day here: It was great. We also got to visit the Art Institute and see all the same pieces that Ferris Buehler did, so that was awesome.
Below: Me (you recognise that face, don't ya?) with the other RBFers at Barb's 27th Mile gathering on Sunday night. Sorry homies, I don't have time now to hyperlink your asses, but from the left: Denise (MN Firefly), Barb (Running Jayhawk), Dawn (don't know if she has a blog), Mike (Out of Shape Guy, aka "Mr. Jayhawk"), Margo (Running My Mass Off) and Tiffany. There were lots of other runners and bloggers there and it was a beer-tastic good time.
The trip, as I mentioned before, was great. We ate a lot of good food, got to visit some neighborhood stuff in Wicker Park and Bucktown, walked the Magnificent Mile, visited Navy Pier and rode the Ferris Wheel (a little frightening -- neither my husband nor I remembered that Ferris Wheels freak us out; however, it did offer a wonderful view of the city skyline), and saw Soldier Field and the outsides of the aquarium and planetarium. We rode the shit outta the CTA (I *heart* it -- so convenient and reliable, if a bit slow due to some construction out on the Blue Line), and in general, we really enjoyed the city.

Now, if they could just figure out the water situation on a marathon course...

24 comments:

ws said...

thanks for the "through Jess' eyes" virtual tour of Chicago...

(am I supposed to take pictures when I'm in DC?)

RunnerGirl said...

It sounds like the trip wa well worth it. :) I am glad to see that you had fun!

Marcy said...

Yes Wendy you are and you absolutely HAVE to throw up gang signs. East side, East side! :P

Sweet Jess!! Who needed the marathon anyway? Looks like a blast!!! And is Tiff the only one drinking the hard liquor up in that joint? LOL

Randy said...

Great photos...sounds like you you still had a wonderful time...way to bounce back...

Mary Gee said...

Oh Thank you Jess. It was nostalgic for me, I spent my teen and early 20s in Chicago, and I loved it.

I still can't get over the fact that they didn't have water at the race!

Wes said...

Great pics, of course the one with the beer in it is the best ;-)

teacherwoman said...

Glad to hear some positive out of such a stinky race weekend. I wish I could have been there with y'all!

Jes said...

Wonderful pictures. I'm glad you had fun@

Firefly's Running said...

The group pic from the party turned out AWESOME! Could you PLEASE e-mail me a copy so I can have it on file? Thanks, girlie!

David said...

Now that was great. Glad to see you could turn the race into the crappy part of a great weekend. Looks like the festivities were a hoot, also.

CollegeGirl said...

I especially like that TRex pic, haha!

J~mom said...

Love the pics. If I don't forget I am so going to do a Jess pose for my tri just for you. :>)

Looks like so much fun, I love it that you packed in all that fun stuff!

Doug Cichon said...

Looks like you had one top notch weekend, regardless of how the race went!

Tiffany said...

I only put on the medal for a free Manhattan...

RunningCrazyAfter3 said...

I love Chicago. It is such a fun city and you look like you had a great time! How cool that you all met up for drinks Sunday night. Sounds like a nice little vacation if nothing else :)

Bob said...

Nice T-Rex pose :) Glad you had a nice time in Chicago.

P.O.M. said...

Despite the debacle they called a marathon, it looks like you managed to have a good time.

ws said...

december 1st 5K - marathon of the palm beaches - 8am, I think.

ShoreTurtle said...

Great photos. You two really did a lot while you were there. The post race meet up was better than the marathon, for sure.

miss petite america said...

looks like you had a blast!!!! my fave is the t-rex photo! i've yet to visit chicago!!

eyegirl said...

I love the pics. I haven't been to Chicago in several years. Seeing them makes me want to go back. I'm glad you enjoyed your trip even if the marathon wasn't what you'd hoped for!

Laurel said...

Its great to see you enjoyed the city and had a nice time meeting up with everyone!

Aaaannndd had some good beer too :)

Mendy said...

Awesome pictures Jess!!! Looks like a fun time, despite the hell you went through during the marathon.

brunettechicagogal said...

So glad you enjoyed our town!