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Chicago Bachelorette, Part 3

Oh hai!  Sorry, crazy busy at work and umm, oh yeah, I’m getting married in 11 days!

So after we took our architecture tour of Chicago, we all returned to Amy’s loft to get ready to go out.

What night in Chicago doesn’t start out with Giordano’s?

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Mmmm, cheesy deep dish Chicago pizza!

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We all determined that sausage and peppers are the key to the perfect deep dish pizza.

Amy had decorated the apartment with pink and black.

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The theme of the night was pink, black, and PROHIBITION!  We all added prohibition style accessories.

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We also opened some presents, so I added some accessories like a veil with, ummm, yeah, THOSE things, and a garter.

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We spent most of the night at Howl at the Moon dueling piano bar.  Jen had gone earlier and snagged a table, so we had an anchor for the night.  Much debauchery and girly gossip ensued.

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Also, I must show you our obsession with making the word “WOW” with our hands and mouths.

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Jan went against the grain and made the word “MOO”.

There was also an incident at the piano bar involving people paying to have them play “Hail to the Victors”.  (That is the Michigan fight song).  I mean seriously, we are within two hours of Illinois, Notre Dame, and my alma mater, PURDUE!  We had to remedy the situation.  Amy, my Matron of Honor and Ohio State graduate, also got in on some “Hang On Sloopy” action.

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It was not well received by Kelley (the Ole Miss grad) and Brooke (another Purdue alum).

We also spent some time admiring our muscles.

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And Sarah was complimented on her dancing by the women at the table next to us.

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Our final stop of the night was at a drag show.  At this point, I’d had a few too many, and was deeply verbally disappointed in the drag show.  They were just dressed up men lip-synching and not even dancing.  BOO!  Oh well.  It was a great night and I had an amazing time.  The best part was enjoying a night with all of my girls from all of the stages of my life and who thoroughly enjoyed each other’s company.  The wedding will be even better!

Thanks, Ladies! (and thanks to Beckey for most of these pictures.  I did not trust myself to have my camera with me.)

Chicago Bachelorette Part 2

Saturday, the day of the bachelorette party, actually started with a run.  My Maid of Honor is currently training for a half marathon.  She had to get in a four mile run.  I decided to also bring running stuff and leave the house with her.  She took off and I actually did a bunch of run/walks.  My runs were about 5 minutes long, and the walks were about 3 minutes long.  I actually went out for about 45 minutes and just loved running around the loop!  It was so great!

Our activity for the afternoon was perfect for me and some of the attendees as structural engineers and architects:  an architectural cruise of Chicago!  It was an absolutely gorgeous day.  Even the haze burned off during our cruise:

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In case you don’t recognize that building, we started from Navy Pier.

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Everyone had a great time:

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There were a few fun sights along the way:

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What is that?  The Boeing Building (the one with the truss)?  No!  It’s the River Center!  That’s the building where my old work was!  Funny story, my friend’s husband now works in the building at a totally different company!

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We also spotted a bunch of brides, grooms, and wedding parties! 

I would highly recommend this tour to anyone.  Especially if you are a structural engineer and have read books such as “Why Buildings Stand Up” or the sequel “Why Buildings Fall Down”.  Seriously it tells you all about the structural system of buildings like the Sears Tower.  Our guide was amazing!  Sigh . . . I love Chicago.

Chicago Bachelorette, Part 1

Finally, I have the pictures to write up my Chicago Bachelorette party.  It was AWESOME!!  When my matron of honor, Amy, first suggested having my bachelorette in Chicago, I thought that it would be absolutely perfect.  I lived in Chicago for two semesters while in college.  I absolutely love this city!  It is so clean and easy to get around and people are so friendly.  Sigh . . . Matt won’t let me move to Chicago.  Something about the cold and the snow . . .

Anyway, it also helps that my matron of honor currently lives in Chicago; two of my bridesmaids grew up in Chicago; another’s dad lives in Chicago; several friends live there; and the rest of my friends live in a close driving distance.

Friday night, I flew in around 7pm (at first I was mixed up, because I input my flight times in local times in Outlook, but they were given to me in Eastern time . . . yeah, I got in an hour earlier than I had thought I would).   Kathleen, Sarah, and Beckey were waiting on me in the cell phone lot.  Well, after waiting and listening to the radio for 40 minutes, Sarah’s car wouldn’t start.  So I hung out in baggage claim while they called AAA.  That is actually just a tip of the iceburg for the adventures that these three got into while driving from Cincinnati to Chicago.  There was also an incident involving Kathleen putting her coins for the toll in the change slot.  You know the slot that gives you change . . . yeah . . . my friends had fun!

After that whole mess, we finally made it to Amy’s apartment in the West Loop.  Luckily for us, the West Loop is right next to Greek town.  So we just walked a few blocks down and found some great food.  Walking through Greek town was a bit nostaglic for me.  I used to walk from my office to dance class at Hubbard Street right through Greek town.  I loved seeing all of the buildings with the businesses written in Greek.  Being Greek in college, and an Engineer, I would always try to see if I could make out what the word was saying.  What do you think this is?

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(I’ll give you a hint . . . )

Anyway, we started our meal with some flaming cheese:

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I actually ordered vegetarian moussaka for my entrée.  It was DELICIOUS!

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Here’s a bunch of pictures of the rest of the food.  Don’t ask me what it all was.  Most of it was absolutely fabulous!

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After we were sufficiently stuffed (and it was like midnight!), we returned to Amy’s loft.  We went up to her roof deck to see the fabulous view of downtown Chicago.

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Okay, so it was kind of foggy and night time.  But it was still pretty awesome!  The fog around the Sears Tower reminded me of when I lived downtown at Roosevelt University.  The view from my window was the Sears Tower, but I often couldn’t see it due to the fog.  Even though it was only a few blocks away.  It was always so crazy to me!

So that is the first night.

Next up . . . what else would an engineer want to do in Chicago? (guesses?)

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