Thursday, September 17, 2009

We went, we saw, we bought, we ate

My friend Kenan and I made a pilgrimage to Chicago last weekend for the Renegade Craft Fair. Doug and I went two years ago and he was a good sport about it but it really wasn't his scene. The trip started out a little shaky because our flight from Memphis to Chicago was delayed for three hours, then it took us awhile to make it through the maze that is O'Hare and finally we walked around dragging our luggage in the heat because we couldn't find the hotel. Things got better after we made it to the hotel. I won't bore you with all the details but here are the highlights.

Chicago public transit is great. The train took us from our hotel in Rosemont to Division where the fair was. Plus there's knitting time since you don't have to drive! Aloft O'Hare has the cutest shuttle drivers
Margie's Candies gives you a cup or gravy boat of hot fudge sauce with your sundae.
Nina is a great yarn shop on the same street as the fair and the owner and employees are couldn't be nicer.Oak Park is lovely, lovely, lovely. The Frank Lloyd Wright home and studio tour was worth the 45 minute bus ride to Oak Park.Giordano's deep dish pizza is yum.
Cafe Milk & Honey = best bacon.
Lovely bake shop is exactly the kind of bakery I'd want to have if I ever had one.I'll have to do a separate post with pictures of what I bought, I was pretty restrained I think. There were so many great artisans/crafters there. We can't wait to go back next year!


Anonymous said...

Chicago is always fun. It looks like a great visit.

Just saw your pick for TWD. Great choice. Love choc/cherry.

ambika said...

Lucky you! Seattle has the Urban Craft Uprising, which I'm ashamed to say I've never been to. This year, I swear I'm going.