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Our trip to Chicago!

We had been planning this trip for over a year now. Kurtis’ best friend is studying for his Ph. D.  at Northwestern University, and he invited us to visit him in Chicago.  We were really excited to go visit ‘the windy city’! There were so many things to do and to see there! Unfortunately, I got sick and we had to cut our trip short, but despite that, I had a really awesome time.


We left for Chicago right after I got off of work on Tuesday. For some crazy reason, my husband decided it was a better option to drive to Chicago instead of just flying. The cost of fuel was infinitely cheaper than buying two air plane tickets. And hey, who doesn’t love a good road trip?  With that being said, I slept through most of the drive. I fell asleep in Tennessee and woke up in Indiana. I really didn’t enjoy our time in Indiana. Not even five minutes after we crossed the Missouri River my husband said, “Welcome to the north, my dear” and I kid you not we hit a pot hole immediately after. Yeah, just not impressed with the roads there. Although, waking up to the sun rising in the Fowler Ridge Wind Farm was absolutely breathtaking.

Whelp, after our twelve hour drive we finally arrived to our destination! Our first few days there were pretty laid back. We spent the first couple of days sleeping in and relaxing in Evanston. We explored a few restaurants nearby and visited Lake Michigan and relaxed on the beach there for a while. It was really nice, a bit windy, but very relaxing.

I absolutely loved visiting The Art Institute of Chicago! I was finally able to see so many of the paintings I learned about in school in person! It was great! That was a perfect way to spend a rainy day!  I caught  a quick picture of Kurtis and Andy talking about a piece of art.  It was nice seeing these guys hanging out with each other again. I know Kurtis missed it, but I think Andy did too.

After our visit to the museum we did a little shopping and went to Coach Dicka’s for dinner. Da Coach did not disappoint! After dinner we explored a little more of the Majestic Mile. Chicago was still absolutely beautiful in the fog! This is probably my favorite photo from our trip:

On Sunday, we attended mass at Saint John Cantius Church. Yep, while we were in Chicago we visited one of the many traditional polish parishes. That Church was beautiful! We went to confession and attended their 12:30 Latin mass.


To be honest, I was a bit nervous to go to confession because it had been a good month since my last confession, but I’m really glad I went. The priest gave a lot of helpful advice. This statue stands outside of the confessional booth at the Church. It was just so moving to me to see 🙂

While we were in town, Kurtis, me, and Andy had planned to see a Cubs game, but unfortunately, it rained out. They barely missed the crazy bar crowds after the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup! I am glad they got home safely. I had stayed home because I really was not feeling well. Good thing I did, it was poring rain! Luckily, Kurtis and Andy were able to catch the game the following day. They both had so much fun. All Kurtis could talk about was how great it was to catch a game with Andy, even though the Cubs lost and Andy never let him live it down. In an attempt to convert me to being a Cubs fan, my husband bought me a Cubs baseball cap and cardigan. I guess I will consider being a fan…

Closer towards the end of our trip we explored China Town and Museum Park. China Town was one of the few places in Chicago where I felt like I could blend in (being Asian and all). I enjoyed my time there. It was kind of miserable being sick in a city I didn’t know very well. Museum Park was so beautiful! We went on a day it actually wasn’t rainy! Unfortunately, I started feeling worse and I didn’t get to spend a lot of time there. Instead I spent a few days in bed and Andy and Kurtis watched something called E3 and had a great time. Boys and their video games!

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We took a break from sight seeing for a few days so I could go to the doctors. During my doctors visit we were advised to should cut our trip short and see a specialist. I really wish my immune system could get it together. So, yes, our trip to Chicago came to a brief end. It was sad to leave, but I knew then we would have to come back again soon (so long as Andy will have us), at least so my husband could see Andy…and I could see the museums!



I’m usually a laid back person. I love to read. I’m a history nerd. If I could go back in time and meet just one person it would probably be Pope John Paul II. I’m married to my best friend. Fall is my favorite season. The Giant Panda is my favorite animal. I love it when you go somewhere, see something, or even eat something and it bring back memories from your past. I love the smell of rain. Oh, and by the way, I’m Leila (lie-luh).

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