Sunday, December 5, 2010

First snow & Chi-town

We woke to our first snow of the winter yesterday, about 6 inches of the stuff in fact.

We had planned to take the train in to the city with a group of friends so did we let a little snow stop us?  No way, no how!  Should we have???  uh, maybe?


Ours friends, Ron & Jodee (from my Gilligan's Island post this summer) picked us up at 6:15 am so we could meet two other couples and head to the train station which is an hour and 15 minutes drive from our house.  Our goal was to catch the 8:25 train.  Most of the roads, even though they were state highways weren’t plowed yet so the 8:25 train we did not make but only by 15 minutes.  So to Mickey D’s we went to have a cup of coffee and wait for the next one.

As far as I’m concerned, the train is the only way to go in to the city.  It’s cheap on the weekend, no parking hassles, no making wrong turns, it just plain rocks!IMG_5316

First stop since we arrived later than planned was lunch at Millers Pub.  It’s always been one of our favorite places to go but this time I’m not so sure.  A reservation given away even though we were there minutes before the time we requested, bad sauerkraut and I mean really bad, no apology and they still charged them for their meals.  My pork chops were good and Dan’s chicken was outstanding but service also means alot so not sure how soon we’ll go back.

After lunch, we stopped in at the Palmer House Hotel to see their decorations and had to have our picture taken with a Nut.  Cracker that is.  IMG_5317 Then some shopped and some wandered, we & R&J were the wanderers.

The trees were so pretty with the way the snow was hanging on the branches.  Chicago didn’t have as much snow as we did at home but it did snow most of the time we were there.IMG_5330IMG_5338


We watched them skate awhile at Millennium Park.  We considered renting skates but the line was long and we thought it could be a really looonnggg trip back to the train station with a broken bone so we passed on it.

We walked down the famous Michigan Avenue but only went in two stores.  The Harley Store expecting to look at bikes but all they had was Harley merchandise. A little disappointing. 

Then we went to Trader Joe’s.  No Christmas trip to Chicago is complete without a stop at Trader Joe’s to pick up a box of the Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s and a bottle of Two-Buck Chuck Wine.  Yeah, we’re big spenders like that!

IMG_5346 Our last stop was the Christkindl Market, a German style open air Christmas market.  We walked down the first aisle at the market and it was so crowded that we decided one pass was more than enough. 


We took our obligatory picture by the Christmas tree in the Market and back to the train station we went.     IMG_5344 What a fun day in the city with great friends!  You oughta try it sometime!


  1. Unfortunately here in Arkansas there aren't any trains to ride, no snow to frolic in, and no downtowns any more. :( However, I wonder if I could convince my husband I needed to go to the city. :) blessings, marlene

  2. I wanted to talk to you at church this morning, but didn't get away fast enough---was so curious how you all fared! LOVE your new hat---super Cute!

    Bummer about Millers--they were ok, but its Chicago, there's gotta be other really cool places ;)

    It aint Christmas without the JoJos! Yummo

  3. I saw Chicago once in the snow. St Pat's day to be exact.
    But your trip looked beautiful! Too bad about the bad food and service.
    That trip would put anyone in the mood for Christmas!

  4. Looks like you had a great time. But it sure looks cold! Brrrr! I love TJs! The closest one to me is 2 hours away. Thanks for sharing. Blessings, SusanD

  5. Looks like a fun day, of course, any day with friends is a fun day! Blessings!

  6. Does that train to Chicago come by Snead, AL? lol.

  7. Sounds like you had a wonderful time.
    Any time with friends is wonderful!

  8. I've been to Chicago once - in January. LOVED it even though it didn't snow while I was there.

    Wish we had a TJs nearby.

  9. hmm i'll have to go to trader joes and try jojos. I need to pick up some chocolate truffles. They are just heavenly.

    Don't forget that I am only a couple miles from the train station and McDonalds is even closer. Feel free to stop by if you need anything or have some free time.

  10. I thought of your gang and wondered how it all went w/ the snow & cold. Glad you had a great time, I knew you would!

    No mugs of warmness from the Market??? :)

    Well, there is always Pizano's north 2 blocks. It is on Madison. K worked there... pretty good pizza plus other stuff.