saturday night was spent in bucktown/wicker park. it's definitely a neighborhood i could see myself enjoying. tons of thrift shops, boutiques & bars - next time i'm in town, i'll have to get there during the day. we grabbed some food & headed out for a night cap at nick's. while we were all pretty pooped from the previous events, it was nice to be out on town together.
most of the crew left on sunday morning, but a few of us were able to spend the afternoon getting lunch at millenium park & seeing those iconic grounds. i work at a landscape architecture firm & i hear a lot about it. i was pretty impressed over all. there are so many solid features. i loved the lurie gardens with big sweeping fields of purple & green. the kidney bean was another great feature, capturing & distorting the city, visitors & the sun. the face fountain was a riot - kids & adults alike were enjoying the humor & spray of water on a sunny sunday. the amphitheater & lawn were a favorite of mine - i'd kill to have an amenity like that in seattle. we spent an hour sitting in the sun under the blue skies & bands of metal. i would have loved to go inside the art institute's new modern wing, but until then, the overlook & sky bridge will do. i think i walked the entire way up with my hand on the banister, it was a gorgeous wood that contrasted the brushed metal details so well. all in all, a gorgeous day with 3 of my favorite people.
i leave in about 10 hours for stockholm. i'll be spending that time getting some last minute items crossed off my list & getting outside for the first run or workout in almost a week.
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