I recently got my Chicago fix when I joined Dan on a business trip. We stayed at The Drake Hotel. The late September weather that week was really fabulous. Chicagoans were relishing in the last bit of enjoyable weather. Some were walking the streets wearing T-shirts and shorts, and some bare-chested guys were playing volleyball on the beach.
There are always a few things I have to do once I step inside The Drake Hotel: check out the huge floral centerpiece in the hotel lobby (where soon an enormous Christmas tree will stand), marvel at the chandelier, gaze at the tea room cherub fountain and note any other fresh flowers sitting around. As you can see, the lobby was colorful and ready for Fall!
|a close up of one of the cherubs in the tea room fountain|
We had appetizers on the 11th floor overlooking Lake Michigan. Outside the doors of the Drake stood this pretty Fall vignette. Oh, and I always have to check out the wonderful Gothic style Fourth Presbyterian Church across the street when I'm there.
I'm not much for shopping anymore unless I am going for a specific thing that I need or want, or if vintage things are involved, but I do enjoy walking The Magnificent Mile. I did so while Dan did his business. A few blocks from The Drake I came upon the American Girl store located in the Water Tower Place. The sewing supplies in the store window (thread, buttons, pincushions) caught my eye.
Aren't these pin cushions adorable?
These miniature petit fours also caught my eye. So I entered the store and stayed for quite awhile.
I reminisced about when Ashleigh played with these gorgeous dolls and accessories. Look at this ice cream parlor that is available now. I wanted to purchase one outright, but then remembered she is in her mid 20's and the only grandchild I have is a boy.
Back in the 1990s I couldn't wait for Santa to bring Ash American Girls paraphernalia. This baby blue Volkswagon Beetle car would certainly have been in our home had it been available then. LOL
These are a couple of the dolls Ash had: Addy Walker and Bitty Baby, to name a few. I don't know where Addy is but Bitty Baby still looks brand new sitting in my creative space twenty years later.
As I was meandering around the store, I texted pictures to Ash while she was trying to get her work done at the office. haha This is one I sent her since Ash recently acquired a dog.
Of course we stopped on the way to and from Chicago at the Fair Oaks Farms for nourishment. I wrote about FOF once before here.
We also stopped in Frankfort on the way home to check out an antique shop in the Indiana Antique Guide: Simple Thyme. It is located on the town square.
Here are some things I saw inside the shop.
My Indiana Antique Guide came through again with another great antique shop.
|Over the Back Fence is another antique shop on Frankfort town square.|
This was an enjoyable getaway with Dan.
Do you like to visit Chicago? Have you gotten away for a few days lately?