Happy Three Years, Chicago

I’m a pretty sentimental person. If there’s a major milestone, I think it needs marking. Well, I’m ashamed to say, I missed my Chicagoversary this year. Three years ago on a warm July day I packed up and moved from my hometown of Bentonville, Arkansas to the big city. As if watching my dad navigate…

Annette’s

You don’t fully appreciate summer until you live in a city like Chicago. Everyone talks about how bitterly cold the winters are here, and don’t get me wrong, they’re not for the faint of heart. But I think it’s the length that makes them so brutal. So when summer in Chicago finally does arrive, it’s…

Prost! {Chicago}

Eating out with friends is one of my favorite past times. Seriously, if it was a sport I’d be MVP. I also feel like there’s just something about sharing a laugh and a meal that brings people together. One of my dear friends once said that the table is where friendships are born. I love…

Summer in the City {and Beyond}

The months before my senior year in college I remember thinking, That’s it. Farewell carefree summer days. Turns out I was wrong. Despite the fact that the duties of adulthood still call {read: work, and her bestie: bills}, I managed to have a pretty stellar summer.

Eataly

When I moved to Chicago I kept hearing buzz about a place called Eataly. “It’s the cutest little Italian market.” “My favorite cookbook is from Eataly!” “I love their cafes and bakery.” “They have the best wines.” “Every time I go I can never decide which restaurant to try.” This place sounded like it was suffering…

Little Goat Diner

If you’ve ever been to Chicago you know that brunch is a weekend way of life. This week’s Foodie Friday is one of my favorite brunch spots. Little Goat Diner is best described as comfort food with a gourmet twist. Both Little Goat and her big sister Girl & the Goat are the vision of executive chef…

Honey Butter Fried Chicken

One of my favorite topics of conversation is the best places to eat in Chicago. My friends know I have a running checklist in my phone. I fondly refer to it as my dining wish list. I decided to start the Foodie Friday series to share some of my favorite culinary experiences, in Chicago and beyond….

One Year Anniversary

A year ago this month I packed up my life in Arkansas and moved to Chicago. There are few experiences that I can look back on and say have profoundly impacted who I am. I understand the power of that statement, so I’m careful to only use it when my life takes a major turn. This past…

41 Days

I learned a lot during the 41 days I was job searching in Chicago. I learned how to cold call and email like a pro. I learned about Starbucks’ Rewards Card (I’m already halfway to the Gold Level). I discovered that networking isn’t that scary, it’s just coffee with a potential new friend. I know…

One Month

Today marks our one-month. It’s been a tumultuous relationship. We’ve had a lot of ups and downs in a short amount of time. But I guess that’s how you know a relationship is solid – when you’ve experienced both laughter and tears, yet you’re still in it.