Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Part One - Chicago Style

Posted by CheapRunnerMichelle

Today the show I have been working at here in Chicago is only a 1/2 day show...yippee!!!! So later this afternoon we'll be homeward bound.  It's been a great trip - I picked up some new clients and was able to build some relationships that I think have real potential for a new venture.  The working days are long here, so it's always nice to feel like you accomplished what you came here for. "Non"-work related - it's also been a great trip. Mike and I love coming to Chicago, it's such a great city with so much to do; so it's been extra great that he was able to come with me on this trip. We couldn't have asked for better weather - it's been beautifully warm (with the exception of last night). I'm just about to finish packing up and then heading to the Bridal Market to finish up the show this morning - so I thought today I would share some of my trip in pics with ya'll.


Unlike when I do bridal shows at home for actual brides, where the booth and setup take 4+ hours, at this one it's a 1/2 hour and we're done! Which then means we've got a little time to tour around the city...which always includes some shopping. While we were looking for some shoes for Mike at the Nordstrom Rack, I was cruising the racks and came across the men's size 17+ rack


They were crazy big...I was actually able to fit both my feet in this one shoe.
On the way back to the hotel before dinner - we stopped into one if our favourite places to grab drinks - Cantina Laredo. Mike loves their margaritas there...as they make them with Patron...cheers


Mike and I actually ventured back there after dinner on both Friday and Saturday night for drinks before calling it a night - it was nice to get some one on one time together!

We love to try new-to-us restaurants when we come, and so we had decided that on Friday night we would try Ditka's. I had pre-picked all my meals before we even arrived in Chicago...and it certainly did not disappoint


This meal was phenomenal!!!! It was a base of jalapeño cornbread, topped with 2 layers/pieces of meatloaf, topped then with smashed potatoes, topped with crispy onion curls - all drizzled in their own BBQ sauce. This is definitely going to be a place that will make it into our regular rotation of must-eat-at joints when we visit Chicago again!

Saturday night was another new restaurant...I loved my meal, but the rest of the gang wasn't crazy about theirs


I had the lobster tail risotto....so yummy!!!! Whenever there is risotto on the menu, I always HAVE to order it...so I lucked out that this one was topped with lobster!

When we got back to the hotel, there was a surprise awaiting me


Mike made an agreement with me quite some time ago, as a weight-loss incentive for me - that when I reached my goal # he would buy me a Louis Vuitton bag...although I'm not there yet, he was proud of me for all the hard work I've been doing, and the goals I've been accomplishing so far - so he bought me a little treat to keep me motivated and working hard for my end goal. Let's all just go ahead and agree that I have the BEST husband ever!!!

I didn't realize that I had so much to share...so I think I'll wrap it up for today...and share some more with you on Thursday in a Part Deux of my trip experience!

Do you like trying new restaurants? Or do you just prefer your old stand by faithfuls?

What size shoe do you wear?
6.5 for me...and Mike is always telling me that I have such little feet.


  1. That shoe is huge - of course, I can't say much since Jordan wears a 14 and Hunter wears a 12!!!!
    Glad you have enjoyed your trip.

  2. That food looks SO good, especially Ditka's!! Yum.
    So sweet of Mike to buy you a LV! You do have little feet! Or maybe mine are big, I wear a 10. :)
    4 more days!!!