Chicago! Chicago!

My sister-in-law and I are in Chicago this week for some long-overdue ‘sister’ time together.  I hope each of you share equally wonderful relationships with your own sister-in-laws!


Our ‘first’ hotel room overlooked Lake Michigan.  We have a long history together of changing rooms/hotels until we find one that we like.  The beds have to be soft enough, the rooms have to maintain the right temperature, the chairs in front of the television need to be comfy, etc. etc.  I used to tease my SIL about imitating the Princess in the fairy tale, “The Princess and the Pea” but have now discovered that the older I get the more I am becoming like her!

The morning was spent shopping at the Water Tower, a seven story shopping mall in the heart of the city.  City shopping is a unique experience in and of itself. 



The afternoon was spent at the American Girl Place.  The American Girl Dolls had a pretty substantial place in our family for many years.  My daughters had the original four historical dolls,Felicity, Kirsten, Molly and Samantha.  I was surprised to see all the additional dolls that had been added since our American Girl Doll days! 


But, I was HORRIFIED to discover that the newest historical doll was one named Julie, a girl who lived in 1974!  That was the year I graduated from high school!  How can I already have a historical era existing??  Am I that old?  Yes, everything this doll had on display brought back memories for me!  The American Girl doll people did a very nice job indeed of capturing the seventies.  I used to have long straight hair just like Julie and I would have a narrow braid in the front, too!


The absolute BEST part of the day was going to the Cadillac Palace to see Phantom of the Opera.  It was wonderful!  Our seats were on the sixth row and were just perfect!


Tomorrow will be a full day of museums.  No time for knitting!

12 Comments on “Chicago! Chicago!

  1. What a nice retreat you are having with your SIL! I had to laugh about Julie being considered “historical”.(LOL)

  2. 1974?! You’ve got to be kidding me! I think a character needs to be at least 100 years old to be considered historical. But that’s just me.

    Hope you make it to one of the Chicago yarn shops while you’re there!

  3. Well, considering the fact that many of my students know NOTHING about the Vietnam War, Kent State, Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem, the end of the Cold War …. maybe 1974 is another era (depressing as it may be to those who were actually alive then!!). My own mother is the ‘contemporary’ of the Molly doll and we’ve heard some of the very same laments from her ….

  4. I hate that music I grew up with is on Classic Rock radio stations. It’s just wrong, I tell ya.

    Hope you continue to have fun.

  5. Glad you’re enjoying Chicago – I’ve lived in the area my whole life & still think it’s the best city in the country (maybe the world). If you get a chance, come visit Oak Park – you can see Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home & studio & Hemingway’s childhood home. Just take the Green Line to the end, get off at the east end of the platform & follow the signs to the visitors center. I can’t wait until my granddaughter is old enough for American Girl place. In 1974 my first daughter was a year old!!!! I wore my hair like that in the 60’s too.

  6. Needless to say, I AM JEALOUS! You are in my hometown and I’d kill to be back there again. The mall was one of my favorite places to go…and to Marshall Fields. Eat pizza every night! 🙂

  7. sounds like you girls had a ton of fun! I had a Samantha doll when I was little, (she needs to visit the doll hospital and have her arm re-attached) I purchased Molly for my oldest daughter last Christmas, and was amazed by how many more dolls there are now!!

  8. I adore Chicago, I have been sent twice for conventions and stay at the Four Seasons, so high up they leave earplugs on your pillow because the winds howl. Is that doll wearing Frye boots? Please say no…please….

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