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chicago in 20 hours… May 13, 2009

Filed under: travel — ravennagirls @ 8:59 am
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… including sleep.

It was crazy and I wish I would have had longer to explore – but  alas, here are a few things I discovered…

Spring happens and Chicago’s City Beautiful campaign has done an amazing  job!  The tulips were incredible and made the whole city seem to shine around the brilliant shade of color. 

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I found this adorable little bakery/coffee/cafe in Lincoln Park – Smash Cake.  They had amazing looking cupcakes and adorably short tables for the kiddos to sit and eat.  I though, got a delicious sandwich with beets and chevre which made me the happiest girl-off-a-plane-who-needed-lunch ever. yum.

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After leaving my hotel during my first steps of exploration on, I stumbled totally confused on a Target Bullseye Bazaar.  Does anyone know if these are going to other cities in the future??  Basically it was a three day sale in a downtown storefront of random target stuff.  Very cheap but sadly I only brought one small carry on for the weekend.  I wanted this darling patio set there, but no such space.chitown 009



I also visited a few shops that were highlighted over at Design Sponge’s Chicago Guide.  I wish I could have visited more, but I was very happy with what I saw!

My by-far-favorite award goes to Posh.   Luckily they have a website, because I am still thinking about a few things there for gifts… It was right near my hotel and so much fun to explore every little object in the store.  I am sure B will later post about her little present.    It was the perfect mix of actually vintage and vintage inspired.  They also had a large amount of merchandise from europe.   And look how cute the space is!  There is access to a courtyard in back.

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I also LOVED a store on Chiacgo and Ashland.  RR # 1 Chicago is housed in an incredible space packed with amazing gifts.  They had an ecceltic mix of handmade wares, candles, funny little trinkets, and various home decor.  I bought something for the new home, which i will show off when it’s hanging up.  One of my favorite things in the store though was this light fixture made from old strings.  

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And right on my way out of town I stmbled upon this shop – Habit.   They had adorable dresses.  and jewelry.  I wanted these.

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thanks chicago for some fun.  and thanks to my childhood friend jen for giving me an excuse to go out there.  congrats on your wedding!



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