Friday, December 24, 2010


We're back from our little mini break and trip to Chicago. Actually, we got back yesterday we've been busy putting away, getting ready to put together, etc. the goodies we bought on our way BACK from Chicago, when we stopped at the HUGE IKEA store.
So, back to Chicago. It's been a couple of years since we've been to visit the Windy City but what a glorious day we had when we arrived. FORTY DEGREES and the sun was shinning.
We headed straight, ok, let me stop here and just say this, BOYS AND THEIR TOYS..........sigh........
We have a Garmin. We call him Bruce because we have the Australian male voice giving us directions. We tried the "Sheila" in New Mexico but she had a difficult time with Spanish words and my belly laughter about it was apparently "annoying". So, we have "Bruce".
Let's just say that Bruce can't find diddlysquat when he is surrounded by sky scrapers.
By some good Karma we managed to find Michigan Avenue and wind up a block away from our destination, The Art Instutite of Chicago.
Oh, I could spend days, weeks, months, wandering around in there. There is so much to look at, study, think about it's just overwhelming. We did take in the gorgeous stained glass windows by Chagall. I was allowed to take pictures as long as I didn't use my flash.
The word and light display on the steps was a speech given by, I think a monk. The artist has written out the entire speech, in lights that go down all four staircases. The color of the lights was based on the danger levels after 9/11. It's a speech about world brotherhood and much more.
Don't you just love that little clay figure? NOW, does that look like the Zetti's were here visiting our planet, in the past?
We came back to our hotel and crashed after spending the afternoon wandering around the museum. Then we headed back out to find a place to eat dinner. We walked up and down Michigan, loving the lights, in the trees, all the families out shopping, all the great outfits on the younger people, the street musicians and the store window displays. I spotted The Purple Pig which I had read about but there was an hour wait and frankly, I'm not a good waiter.
One of the servers there told us about a great Italian restaurant, only three or four blocks down that a way. After what seemed like a lot more than three or four blocks we stopped to ask directions. Those directions took us ............hey did you know there was a street UNDER Michigan Avenue? Yeah, well those directions took us down that street. I would say we got about half a block when I told Zeus that I wasn't going a step farther and if the restaurant was down that street, that DARK street, where I could see somebody just sitting, on a dark stoop, and the street was hardly lit.............well, let's just say I've watched enough Law and Order shows and The Wire to get my traditional self BACK UP ON MICHIGAN AVENUE where at least, there were thousands of people and lights.
We stopped again, for directions, in a Disney Store. Better directions this time..................asked for clearer directions from the guy, standing in the little booth at a private parking lot and finally found the restaurant, Francesca's.
It was worth all the walking. OMG, such good food.
Next day we packed up and headed home, thinking we would make a quick stop at the Ikea store. Oh, Bruce, Bruce, I could save your "down under butt" when there were sky scrapers but you let us down in the shopping metropolis, of Schaumburg.
We actually called number one son, in Minneapolis, to have him find the actual street address of the Ikea. Apparently, "Bruce" wanted us to drive 455 miles to the "nearest" one.
Oh, wow, what can I say about the Ikea store but WOWOWOWSER. We found a dresser and end tables for the bedroom, we found just the perfect rug for the front room, we found a large stuffed, floppy gray kangaroo for Riley.

We started down the escalator and realized that we better go back and buy different stuffed animals for all the grandchildren. We returned to the escalator with five, large, floppy, wonderful stuffed animals.
We haven't been shopping like that for ages and it was just so much fun. Like the night before, trying to find the restaurant, it was an adventure.
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday. I hope that you are spending it with loved ones.
:) Bea Create what you want, in your life.


  1. Anonymous2:58 PM

    We have a son in Chicago, and we also love it there! Thanks for the wonderful photos. Merry Christmas to you as well!

  2. Wow, that's some adventure you had! The stained glass is stunning. It looks very much like Chagall's work, especially in those colours. I hope you have a Happy and Peaceful Christmas. xx

  3. Geeze Louise, er...I mean Bea...what is Zeus driving these days...a moving van??? LOL And I agree...40 degrees in Chicago in December almost signals the onslaught of an impending heat wave!!!

  4. Merry Christmas Bea and thanks for sharing the pictures. Those windows are fabulous as are the stairs! Wow. Sounds like you had a great adventure. Hugs!

  5. Merry Christmas, Bea. It sounds like you were making memories this year!!!

  6. What a marvellous and busy time you had. I love that little Zetti man and those fabulous blue - what a blue - windows and the stairs - how clever of the artist.

    I can imagine the streets full of shoppers and lights and such fun. Mmmm, lovely Italian restaurant too.

    I love Ikea but the nearest to us is in Dublin - such a long way but we must make the effort and go. I could spend hours and hundreds in there. We need 2 new settees for the snug. I must go! If Jim ever gets well enough to travel that far. Sighs.

  7. Sounds like you are savoring the day whereever you happen to go. I've never been to Chicago but my daughter loved it. Love the stained glass and the little Zetti like statue. Visiting art museums is one of my things I won't pass up when I travel. Hope you are having a nice holiday and seems you are taking a much needed break. Happy New Year Bea.

  8. I am sending you snowflake kisses and warm woolen mitten hugs for the New Year! I so love Chicago...than you for the photos! Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart