Well, I guess I have time to squeeze in one more blog before Christmas…
On Wednesday my sisters and I (and the little man) went on an adventure downtown. We wanted to do some shopping, but more importantly just soak in the beauty that Chicago has to offer (especially during Christmas time!)
Rachel had a side-mission she was working on: having me collect photos of different letters so she could make a Christmas present out of them. She was very creative in finding letters around the city. Can you see the “L” in the picture below?
We started on the north side of the Mag Mile and were promptly greeted by Miss Monroe. Yes, there is a GIANT statue of Marilyn Monroe right in the NBC tower plaza. As you might imagine, her billowy skirt caused quite the commotion.
Yeah, I told you she was huge.
After leaving the giant Marilyn we headed back down south, stopping in at various shops. We even ran into Santa. Windows 7 was promoting some products and was offering free photos with Santa. We all got in on the action!
The weather was pretty mild in the morning, but by the late afternoon it was pretty chilly outside. We kept ducking into different buildings to warm up periodically.
Here is Rachel trying to keep Andrew happy as we got him bundled up to head back out into the cold! We was such a good little trooper, a Super Trooper if you will.
Here are my lovely sisters and sweet nephew by the Chicago River.
We went to State Street and enjoyed some of Macy’s beautiful window displays. This year’s theme was all about wishes and the displays were divine!
Of course we took some touristy photos next to the Chicago theater:
On our way to the Christkindl market we warmed up at Magnolia Bakery with some seasonal cupcakes (S'mores, pumpkin, and gingerbread.)
I have to admit that I was quiet underwhelmed by these cupcakes. The s’more cupcake I ordered was VERY dry. The pumpkin with cream cheese, picture above, was by far the best. I don’t think I’ll be plopping down another $3.50 a cupcake at Magnolia for awhile.
Getting to spend time with this little guy made the disappointing cupcakes disappear from my mind!
Our last stop was the Christkindl Market in the Daley Plaza.
Super fun day with my super fun sisters! I love the fact that we can all be together for Christmas this year!
To end this post I’m going to include some architectural photos I took while downtown post-processed with a “time machine” effect. Imagine yourself downtown circa 1800’s. Enjoy!
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