Weekend trip to Chicago

Although we’ve taken some trips during COVID-19, my parents have been pretty locked down. While we were all home in Michigan, Grace wanted to take a trip with everyone to give them a change of scenery. After considering some destinations, we decided on Chicago as we haven’t been there together in forever and the kids have never visited.

My dad is on dialysis and his treatments are M-W-F, so we left directly after his Friday treatment. All 8 of us (including Blue) fit nicely in our rental Suburban and we made the trip to downtown in good time. We stayed at the Waldorf Astoria, which is not only beautiful, but in a quiet and accessible part of town.

Our first dinner out on Friday was at Prime and Provisions, which was kind enough to let Blue eat indoors with us. It was loud, but the food and service were great and I think everyone enjoyed their meals. Olivia especially enjoyed taking in a new big city.

On Saturday, we went on an architectural boat tour, which I think is the best way to see and learn about Chicago and its beautiful skyline. The kids enjoyed it and learned a lot. We spent a little time at Navy Pier before heading back to the hotel.

In the evening, Jen’s friend Kim came to the hotel to sit for Blue. My cousin Sunyong and his family also met us at the hotel for a visit and we went to dinner together. We haven’t seen them in a long time and I’m certain the kids don’t remember meeting Noah when they were all very little.

On Sunday morning, I took Olivia and Lucas to meet her school friend, who was visiting his sister in the city. The Starbucks reserve on Michigan Avenue is a sight to behold, but I don’t really recommend trying to eat there on a busy morning. Our last meal was at Joe’s, which reminded us of our meal there together in Miami.

After lunch, we picked up Jen and got right on the road. We were home by dinner time. Everyone had a great time on our excursion, especially my mom, who appreciated the luxurious time away.

I also shared this in a different post:

When my dad immigrated to the US in 1961, he landed in Chicago and spent a few years studying at the University of Chicago. He has always considered it his home town, despite living in Michigan for over 50 years. He roots for the Bears and the White Sox. Jen, Grace and I also have lived in Chicago post-college. We spent a quick weekend eating, touring, and reminiscing our way through the city with Olivia, Lucas, and Blue. It was us vs. 400K Lollapalooza attendees.

Kellogg 15-Year Reunion

This past weekend we celebrated our 15-year Kellogg reunioni in Evanston and Chicago. It was so nice to reconnect with old friends and I even made a few new ones, too. I feel fortunate to have such an awesome group of friends from all over the world.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the next one or hopefully sooner. Until then, be well!

Editor’s Note: The focus on some of these are very soft. This was unintentional.

Date Night in Chicago

Grace and I flew into Chicago on Thursday, September 1st, on our way to Traverse City for Molly and Marty’s wedding. We stayed at The Peninsula, which was made even more amazing by the suite Grace scored using her corporate rate. We had lunch at Rosebud on Rush and then did some shopping before dinner. After several failed attempts at getting a dinner reservation over the past few weeks, we settled on L20 (thanks, Nick & Herb for the recommendation). It was our most amazing and memorable meal together (we don’t get out much anymore).

It was a short stay, but we had a great night in our old city.

Kellogg 5-Year Reunion

Although Grace and I lived in Chicago at the same time, this past weekend was the first time we’ve traveled there together. The occasion was my 5-year Kellogg reunion. It really is hard to believe it has been five years, but I guess a lot has happened during that time. It was fun showing Grace around Evanston and I was also happy to have her meet many of my classmates who do not live in the Bay Area. By the end of the weekend, I’m sure Grace heard enough of our old stories (mostly made up ones about so-and-so chasing undergrads), but it was good for her to see how worthwhile my Kellogg experience was, especially because she’ll be helping me pay for it for many years to come. Thanks, Grace!

Aside from catching up with many old friends, highlights included:

  • Meeting significant others and babies!
  • Special K followed by a great meal at Pete Millers on Friday
  • Watching Tony D. work an undergrad or two at Bar Louie
  • Not closing down “The Deuce” – sorry, Grace is getting old
  • “Forbidden Donut” reunion tour at Harry Carey’s
  • Winning game 1 of bowling at 10 Pin with a clutch 10th frame (and almost getting a turkey in the 10th of game 2) – see, throwing the ball as fast as possible does work sometimes
  • Late night Korean food on Lawrence Street – just like old times
  • Staying at the Fairmont, which was in my pre-Kellogg neighborhood (directly across from the building in which I lived and adjacent to where I worked for 1.5 years and hence all the random pictures of downtown)