girls weekend: chicago

Two of my favorite people in the world have birthdays just six days apart from each other. To my delight, they are also two of each other's favorite people so when I found out my sister was going to be in Chicago, a mere two and a half hours away on her birthday, we quickly decided that the best way to celebrate both her birthday and Elia's would be to spend a long weekend together in Chicago. Our mom was available to join too making it a perfect girls weekend.

We left early Friday morning and Elia was such a great road tripper. As soon as we could see Chicago, she was so excited and kept pointing to buildings and saying, "Is that Chicago?" So sweet.

And now...in lieu of all of the words that I could offer you, I give you all of the pictures. (And just a few words peppered in to explain.)


Art Institute day.
Van Gogh, lunch, play together.
Time for E to rest.

Eataly goodness.
Snacking, browsing, lovely snacks.
Sisters shop downtown.

Finish the day out.
Deep dish pizza for the win.
Full and happy girls.


Happy birthday, Em!
Celebrate with brunch and friends.
So much yum and fun.

Next, to Garfield Park.
Ferns and plants and the best slide.
Beauty to explore.


Time to rest then play
Some more before dinner time.
Then E's first cab ride!

Birthday meal enjoyed.
Delicious and filling for
Our bellies and hearts.


We woke up early.
Brunch. This time at Little Goat.
Again so delish.

Finally, the train!
Elia could hardly wait
To travel by rail.

It was worth the wait.
Off to play then a quick lunch
Before we depart.

Can we stay longer?
The weekend went too quickly.
Let's do it again!

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