So this past weekend, Elliott and I were all set up to go to Chicago to see music. We had it all planned out with a sitter for Silas and we were ready go! Saturday night, however, we wondered - were we making the right decision? Should we bring him? Would he miss us and us him terribly? How would he react to the separation anxiety? I reached out to mamas on Instagram and mamas I knew personally asking for advice on how to get over this separation hump. All the advice I received was well intended and kind but still it didn't make me feel any better about leaving him - especially for something that he loves; to dance. So guess what? We took Silas along with us and we couldn't be any happier with the decision we made! Parenting is so personal and at times so confusing but in the end we make the choices based on our gut. Thank you to all of you for your words of encouragement on leaving Silas. We appreciate it so much! We just aren't there yet.
As for Chicago - well, to be honest I had much higher hopes for the city. We didn't have a bad time but we didn't particularly find the things we love in a city. Maybe you can leave comments on what to do or where to go for our next trip!
For now, below are some of the highlights or the obligatory touristy photos:
Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea
12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
After much searching for coffee in the city, we finally stumbled upon a little shop called Fairgrounds Coffee and Tea on Michigan Ave nearby Millennium Park. It offered several top name coffee roasters including Stumptown, Colectivo, Rishi, and many others. My coffee itch was finally scratched! (If you've been following me on Instagram long enough, you might know that a breve au lait is my coffee beverage of choice.)
We were told by many folks that Millennium Park was a must so we went but we only spent about an hour seeing a few of the things that were recommended before it was time to pack up and head home.
General Chicago Photos
Maybe next time, Chicago!