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Friday, December 02, 2011

Christmas Time In Chicago


Bill had another conference to attend in Chicago this week so Grace and I tagged along!
What's better than to enjoy some Christmas fun in the Windy City? Everything was bright and cheery and we all had such a good time...especially our Grace. We all love Chicago but she had never been at this time of year. It was such a treat to see it all through her eyes!


From Navy Pier...



To State Street...


To the Art Museum...


To the Deep Dish Pizza!


Our girl was enjoying every moment!



From the lights...


To the improv comedy...



To the hustle and bustle...we love this city!

I had always wanted to visit Chicago and experience the Christkindlmarket!
Each year Daley Plaza is transformed into a German Holiday Market! 
Beautiful handicrafts and gift items, delicious food, music, friendly people and yes. A beer garden!






There was so much to see and  wow. It was such a happy atmosphere to be in!







The weather was not bad at all for the first of December, just a tad chilly. 
Of course, if you needed a warm up by the fire you had to wrestle a pigeon or three for a spot!



We met all sorts of nice folks...



No trip to Chicago at Christmas time is complete without a stop at Marshall Field's. 
Okay. I know it's now Macy's but to me it will always be Marshall Field's!


Look who was ringing the bell outside! It's the White Sox's mascot! 
Lookin' good there Southpaw!


Watching the little one's faces is always sweet...


...and watching our 13 year old's face filled with wonder is extra special!



We shopped and shopped (oh can my girl shop!) and then Daddy 
suggested we eat lunch in The Walnut Room. Perfect!


Not only is  Marshall Field's/Macy's Walnut Room a historical landmark in Chicago, it is also home to a glorious 25 ft tree! Surrounding it are lots of smaller ones dressed in ornaments designed by various celebrities. The profits of these benefit Make A Wish.


And wow! Just as we were seated we were greeted by a Christmas Fairy! 
She asked Grace to close her eyes and make a wish as she sprinkled fairy dust over her. I wonder what our girl wished for?


Then we had to decide what to order! It all looked so good!


Thank you Bill for a wonderful day!


Do you think Grace is really sending Santa a letter? 
You never know...after all, I still believe!




That was fun wasn't it Gracie?


Bye Marshall Field's...see you again soon!


Bye Chicago! We will be back in the Spring!

Now it's time to tackle a week's worth of laundry, cleaning and to begin the annual Christmas fluff!
The tree is up but shh...very naked right now. Don't peek yet okay?

But I do have my cards done and the gifts purchased/made! Baking begins this weekend too!

Hoping each one of you has a safe and happy December, one filled 
with joy and the magic of this special season!









7 comments:

Debby said...

Oh that looks like fun. How pretty are all those decorations. Something you and Grace will always remember. You sound like you have alot done for Christmas. Happy Holidays.

Salmagundi said...

I saw on Facebook you were in Chicago, and was hoping you would give us a complete tour on your blog. Thanks for doing that -- it brought back memories not only of Chicago; but of the summer markets I saw in Germany this past summer. The one in Nuremberg had those red and white striped awnings, too. Hope you have a glorious month of December preparing for the big deal - the birth of baby Jesus!!! Sally

Edwig O' Nguik said...

Awwwwwwwww it's so awesome!!! Wish to visit Chicago one day! Nice photos!

Melanie said...

Wow - what a beautiful city at Christmas time! The photos are wonderful. I'm so glad you had such a great time. Now get work with that laundry and decorating that tree! ((Hugs))

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi darling, thank you for taking us along. Your pictures are priceless. My daughter was there a few years ago at a conference, she found Pearson St. took a picture for me.. what a fun and exciting town. hugs ~lynne~

Bonnie said...

What a great time you all had. Chicago is so beautiful this time of year. Although I've never been in person I always feel like I've been lots of places thanks to your "virtual" tours. Thanks so much for sharing.

PS...yes I do think Grace was mailing a letter to Santa.

Janet said...

What a magical holiday season you are having...give my love to all :)