Thursday, June 6, 2013

Chicago Trip-Part 2

Hope you're all having a great week!  It's TIME...(get it?) to share the rest of our Chicago trip with you.  If you missed it, check out Part 1 of the trip that my hubby and I took last week to Chicago here.  Keith took this pic of all these cool clocks at one of my favorite places to visit when we're in the windy city...Randolph Street Market.  We'll get back to that later...

One of our very favorite things to do in Chicago is EAT!!  These little gems were our dessert at a celebrity chef restaurant called Siena Tavern.

Do any of you follow the reality/competition show 'Top Chef' on Bravo?  If you do, then I'm sure that you know who this guy is: Fabio!  Keith and I have watched the show for years, and are huge fans of his.  Imagine our surprise when we found out that his restaurant was right around the corner from our hotel, and our delight that he was actually in the restaurant the night that we went!  He splits his time between L.A. and Chicago, so we were lucky!  (I debated even posting this picture because it is definitely NOT the best pic of Keith nor me, but how many times do I get to brag about meeting a celeb? We were kinda starstruck here...of course Fabio looks great :)

He was so gracious to come out and meet us, and chat for a minute.  (Gotta love that Italian accent!)  The restaurant is gorgeous and of course the food was amazing!

We tried a couple of other 'healthy treats' at different restaurants throughout our stay.  Like this bourbon soaked bread pudding with ice cream...

...and this enormous chocolate chip cookie with ice cream...

...and of course while in Chicago you've GOTTA get one of these...

Did I mention that we like to eat?!  Good thing that we did so much walking while we were there; hopefully it offset some of those calories!
So back to the Randolph Street's like a really, really good flea market, and we hit it every time we visit.  Last time we were there I found these.

Is this a serious collection of chairs or what?  I love these kind of chairs, and would love to own some one day. (sigh)

We saw this little guy in a warehouse/shop that we found by wandering down a side street.  It would've come home with me if we lived closer, but it was a wee bit too big to fit into my suitcase-drats!!  It just needs a little TLC, but I love its potential!  This place had NO ambiance (hint: hard not to notice the yucky floor) but they had tons of great furniture!

I thought this was a cute display with paint brushes in a shop called Roost.

And this shop (Foursided) had all kinds of fun 'bits and pieces' to decorate with.

That's just a taste of some of the fun shopping that we did.  I'll share my goodies that I brought home with you in another post.  :)
Have a fantastic day!


  1. What a fabulous trip! I love Chicago...the food, the sights...and oooohh all of your great finds! Looking forward to seeing what you were able to bring home.

  2. That looks like fun! My son went to college for 2 years in Chicago and we loved visiting and eating there. :)

  3. Hi Susan,
    Randolph Street is great. We have not gone for a few years but I remember it being pretty neat. I am so glad you had a great time coming to Chicago. I love being able to meet up in person!! Please come back soon.

  4. Oh my gosh! I think I would be in heaven shopping and eating there. I've never been to Chicago before. I saw some great things in your pictures. Maybe you can drive there some time so you can haul some bigger items back if you want to.

  5. You're so cute! It's a Susan sandwich! Looks like a fun trip!

  6. I love Chicago...such great restaurants and shopping....Now that pic of you two is cannot take a bad great to have had the opportunity to meet Fabio...I see lots of pretties in the shops!

  7. How fun...and I think you look adorable.
    I need one of those giant cookies NOW!

  8. Thanks for sharing your trip to Chicago. I'm glad you had such a great time. The food looks great. Loving the huge chocolate chip cookie!!


  9. LOL I live in the 'burbs and haven't been to the places you were! Now I have to check these shops and eateries out for sure!

  10. How fun. I think I'll take a 20ft truck with me if I ever get to go! LOL!

  11. Great photos, Susan...and being a Top Chef fan, meeting Fabio would have been a treat!

  12. I think that's a wonderful picture of the two of you...three of you. Looks like you had a great time and discovered some wonderful treasures and good food too.

  13. How cool! I am going to Chicago in the morning. Any recommendations for flea markets or shops should be great!

  14. What great shopping! Love the wagon with blocks! Life to the full! Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

  15. Always a treat to visit the city.We have not been down there in awhile.Unfortunately with the rash of crime there lately we have avoided it :-(

  16. that is SO COOL that you got to meet him!!! I bet the food was was the shopping :)

  17. You got to meet Fabio and eat great desserts and meet Fabio and eat deep dish pizza and meet Fabio and go junk hunting and did I mention meet Fabio??? Isn't he the cutest thing? Hubba hubba baby! LOL! We always watch Top Chef and Top Chef Masters and thought that Fabio (and Stefan) were a riot when they were on together! Too bad you couldn't get that great little dresser shipped - so cute! Nice shops! If I ever get out t Chicago again, I'm going to hunt these places down! Hugs, Leena


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