Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Chicago recap

We went to Chicago last Friday, arriving at Bryan & Jessie's apartment with enough time to enjoy some of the Oberon that we smuggled across the border and play a couple games of '90s Edition Trival Pursuit.

Saturday we visited the UC libraries on a work-related reconnaissance mission, and went downtown to Millennium Park in the morning for touristy photos of their Cloud Gate piece.

After lunch at some hole-in-the-wall sandwich place, we visited the Jazz Record Mart, where I purchased a Slide Hampton CD. As both a trombonist and a fan of jazz, it was unacceptable that I had not heard his music. He's so smooth it's like his trombone is made of butter.

We had difficulties finding an available brown line stop, but soon we headed up to Lincoln Park for a fantastic dinner at this tapas restaurant, and on to a blues club.

Sunday, Steve used his volunteer access privileges and got us into the aquarium and Field Museum for free. The weather was 40 and windy, but it didn't matter since we were inside. I, for one, did not know that carp can jump four feet out of the water until I saw their informational video documenting said hilarious feat.

Came back Sunday night in a rainstorm that fortunately headed south. It was great to relax out there with the Mulders-to-bes, as this was probably the last time I'll see them before their wedding stuff kicks in to high gear. Overall it was a really great trip.

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