I love Chicago, but of course, y’all know that. I also love the type of weekend I just had, where random people cross my path while I shop on Michigan Avenue or attend a Cubs Rooftop fund raiser.
On Friday night, Michael and I hit Shaw’s Crab House for dinner. Make sure you get the BBQ Eel and Avocado roll. Good lord, it was amazing. I don’t think most folks know about the stellar sushi selections at Shaw’s. Go get some. Also, try the Pomegranate martini, topped with champagne. Thanks to Martin for making two yummy drinks for yours truly.
While at Shaw’s, Alice Cooper strolled in for dinner. I think he was with his wife and a buddy. Sure, a couple of folks turned their heads, but in true Chicago spirit, the table was left alone and had a nice meal. The night was topped off with watching Superbad. Michael Cera is a star in the making – his comedic timing at such a young age is dead on.
Saturday was shopping day. My wedding shower is in Detroit this weekend, so I hit Michigan Avenue bright and early. I ran into Kim Coles going down the escalator at Bloomingdale’s. Kim is one of the co-hosts of the new show, ‘In the Loop’. Since I went to the first taping, I had to stop her and tell her what a great job she and the cast are doing. Kim was so nice and laid back. I think this is her first long-term stint in Chicago, and so far, she is digging it. Ms. C also mentioned how nice everyone is. She’s got that right. No zany photo people will be chasing her here! Welcome to Chicago, Kim!
After buying a dress at Mark Shale, I strolled down to Nordstrom to see Reggie in shoes. On my way, I ran into Norm Bobbins, Chairman of LaSalle Bank. I had to stop him on the street and let him know about the amazing job he’s done at the bank. LaSalle Bank is also the sponsor of the annual Chicago Marathon and Mr. Bobbins always represented us well with international media. Such a nice man.
I finished my shopping trip at Nordstrom. Franco Sarto was in the shoe department signing things, but I didn’t pay much attention. I needed some shoes to go with my outfit. As usual, Reggie took care of me, complete with a pair of chocolate brown suede Mary Janes.
On Sunday, I headed over to the Cubs Rooftop Fundraiser for Alderman Fioretti that I mentioned in an earlier post. I had the chance to meet Brian Rosen of Sam’s Wine. Sam’s is opening up a new location in my South Loop neighborhood. Needless to say, we are all very excited for the new addition on Roosevelt and Wabash. Tony Peraica was also in the crowd, too. I always wanted to meet him (I personally wish he won his election, but oh well…and yes, I’m a democrat). Mr. Peraica is running for State’s Attorney.
And this is why Chicago is such a great town. You’ll never know who you’ll meet and who is making an impact in your neighborhood each and every day.
On a sidenote: I was on the fence about this Children’s Museum issue, but I gotta say, Mayor Daley, you’re terrific. But….
Can’t the Museum go oh, I don’t know…in the current Museum Campus facility? Interesting how the Children’s Museum will get $1Million in taxpayers money for moving to Grant Park.