03 October 2010

One Day In Chicago

Currently Reading: Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Currently Listening To: Unbearable by Paul Baribeau

Clay came to visit this weekend, but due to the short notice of his trip & coordinating both of our very busy schedules he was only able to be in Chicago for one day! I spent Friday evening scoping out activities for our weekend so that we wouldn't waste a moment. 

Friday night we went to the new theater near my house, The Showplace Icon, to see The Social Network. I was pumped for this movie for a few reasons 1) Jesse Eisenburg, 2) Justin Timberlake, 3) FACEBOOK, 4) Secret Societies at Harvard, 5)I love going to the movies - not to mention all of the guys in this movie are dorky hot. Also, the little boy from Jurassic Park was in this all grown up, and it was kind of a relief because I've been quite concerned about the child actors from that movie. Looks like he's doing fine. The movie was hilarious, fun to watch, informative, and just plain awesome. If you're thinking of seeing it GO SEE IT.

We were out pretty late Friday night, so sleeping in was on our agenda Saturday. I can't remember the last time I slept in past 11 AM. Weird.

We got breakfast at Heaven on Seven in the Garland Building, and I definitely overate. Gumbo, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Onion Rings - I was in heaven. Not to mention the lunch was paid for with a gift card from my Mom (thanks Mom!). 

After lunch we headed north to The Music Box to catch the 3:00 screening of Howl. Clay just read Howl in one of his Lit classes, and was pretty pumped to see the filmic rendition of the poem, I was excited to see James Franco do Ginsburg and was pleasantly surprised by a wonderful appearance from John Hamm. I was surprised by the animated segments, but found Franco's performance fantastic and the telling of the story in good fashion. The costumes were great, and I found myself lusting over the interior decor of Ginsburg's apartment - cozy, kitschy, vintage. That's exactly what I picture my own future apartment looking like.

After Howl, Clay and I stopped by Guthrie's Tavern in Wrigleyville for a couple of beers and some good old fashioned game playing. If you're looking for a bar in Chicago that isn't full of bros in backwards caps and blasting Lady Gaga - this is your place. Dim lights, a floor to ceiling rack of games, delicious beers on tap, and a gigantic binder of takeout menus. Ben and I went there after The Cremaster Cycle and had baked potatoes delivered to our table. I love this bar. 
Jacket: EDC [Rinascente, Firenze]; Oatmeal Pullover: Uniqlo [NYC], Pillowcase Dress: American Apparel,
Tights: Zara [Firenze], Boots: Thrifted, Silk Scarf: Thailand, Beret: Gap, Necklace/Earrings: Thrifted
Yesterday was pretty chilly, with a biting wind and spurts of rain and drizzle, which makes perfect weather for a bowl of ramen at Urban Belly. We got in right before it got busy, shared a bowl of the house ramen with pork belly, wrinkle beans, and an order of Chinese eggplant that blew our minds. And after dinner we met up with Grace at The Rainbo Club for a night of cheap PBR's, photoboothing, and listening to the best music from high school. I love a bar that will play Radiohead, Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips and Neutral Milk Hotel all night long - not to mention that those are the bands that Clay and I were listening to when we began to fall in love. It was a rainy, cold, and all around perfect day. Thanks for sharing it with me boo!


  1. I read about that movie....unfortunatelly in Spain we mut wait till they translate movie into spanish...i want to watch it !!!!!!! :D:D:D


  2. this sounds like a fantastic weekend, seriously can I invade your life? Food, films, food! Awesome!

    I was drooling and jealous throughout half of this post. Social Network is still not out here yet, but it will be in 10 days and I dunno if Howl is ever releasing, but I hope so. Glad you liked both of them.

  3. Thanks for the movie recommendation! I've been wondering if I should see it (as I've heard mixed reviews) but come this weekend, I'm GOING to go see it!

  4. kathryn is very jealous you saw Howl. she LOVES james franco!

  5. You two are adorable. I SO want to see both of those movies, and a trip to Guthries is officially on the docket!