Kayaking down the Chicago River!

Katie and the Kayak

If Katie hadn’t visited, I’d blog about a few things:

Ingrid Michaelson at the Chicago Theatre

Ingrid Michaelson at the Chicago Theatre

  • Wine tasting and a major sand dune-based construction stimulus package in Michigan
  • Ramya leaving for Palo Alto; Anthony seeing her off with Malört
  • Gathering on picnic blankets in Millennium Park for an open-air and alcohol-friendly screening of Back to the Future. (It frustrates me that Marty grants himself a mere ten minutes at the end to try and prevent Doc’s death. I leave more buffer time to catch a train.)
  • Seeing Ingrid Michaelson act all kooky but lovable in concert at the Chicago Theatre. For some reason that I made up in my head that she and Sara Bareilles were both Australian. For the record, they are not.
  • Curating a ‘Trashy British TV Night’ for Catherine and Jason. The British Council should probably be paying me. (No likey? No lighty!)

But Katie did visit, so let’s skip straight to that instead:

Kayaking down the Chicago River!

Kayaking down the Chicago River!

Saddened by the age restrictions at Maggie Daley Park (not a joke)

Saddened by the age restrictions at Maggie Daley Park (not a joke)

Waiting outside Kuma's Corner

Waiting outside Kuma’s Corner

The nicest Chicago-style pizza I've had so far at Lou Malnati's

The nicest Chicago-style pizza I’ve had so far at Lou Malnati’s

With a retired ex-raver pig on the roof

With a retired ex-raver pig on the roof

In addition, we (finally!) visited the Field Museum, drunk strictly non-alcoholic cocktails at the top of the Hancock Centre, enjoyed a cheeky Nando’s at their newly opened Chicago location, played an exhausting game of Munchkin against Jatherine, admired Lincoln (who doesn’t?) and continued to funnel lots of breakfast money into Windy City Café. And special mention to the Urban Kayaks tour – it’s a wonderful way to see the city afresh, and highly recommended.

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