Rookery Building Chicago Illinois
In 1871 The Great Fire of Chicago ripped through the city leaving massive destruction in its path. As the city began to rebuild the architects pushed the envelope with new innovative structures. The Rookery Building was one of these structures. Daniel Burnham and John Root were commissioned in 1885 to design a building for the Central Safety Deposit Company. Burnham and Root’s building was inclusive of metal framing, fire proofing (can’t really blame them, right?), an elevator and plate-glass. The Rookery stood at an impressive 11 stories tall, the tallest building in Chicago at the time. The Rookery is now considered the oldest standing skyscraper in the city of Chicago. Continue reading
The Art Institute of Chicago
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it” – Ferris Bueller
Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House
If you have been reading my blog for a while you may have figured out that I am a Frank Lloyd Wright fan. I collect FLW house tours like one collects ball-caps of their favorite baseball team. There are a few houses that Wright designed that one should visit in my opinion: Fallingwater, Taliesin, Taliesin West, Wright’s Home and Studio and lastly The Frederick C Robie House. The Robie House is a stunning representation of Wright’s Prairie Style work. Continue reading
The Willis Tower (left)
The tallest building in my town is 5 stories. Imagine that. Just 5 floors. You could probably sprint to the top floor in under 2 minutes. The tallest building in Chicago Illinois is 110 floors. Slight difference… and there probably isn’t any sprinting to the top.
Formally known as the Sears Tower, the Willis Tower has stood proudly in the heart of Chicago since the 1970′s. The building took 3 years to complete with the help of around 2000 workers. The building has some impressive statistics: the amount of concrete to make the building could pave an eight-lane, 5 mile (8 km) long highway, 25,000 miles (40233 km) of plumbing fill the building, 1500 miles (2414 km) of electric wiring snakes it’s way around the building and lastly there is 80 miles (128 km) of elevator cable. Continue reading
The Bean in Millenium Park
You’re probably wondering what the hell do I mean by backpackish Chicago, right? Don’t worry when I told my friends I was going to backpackish Chicago even they gave me a funny look… probably the same look you are giving the computer screen now. Continue reading
bribed with a treat Boomer looks like he cares (a little more) about planning out our trip!
My friends and I joke often that I should be a travel agent. Except I’m not joking. I think I would be excellent at it. I love to travel, I love to plan and I love to share my thoughts on where I have been. Sounds like the perfect fit to me!
I am often asked for advice on where to travel to. I seem to specialize in road trips, as many of friends have been moving away and they want to know what there is to do along the way to their new destination. I oblige them, give them my recommendations and send them on their way with a small frown on my face. No one likes to see a friend leave, right? Continue reading
Temecula Cable Car Wine Tours
Anyone who has gone wine tasting with their friends knows it is no fun being the driver. You are limited from drinking most of the day while your friends progressively get drunker and drunker. I don’t know about you but I am not a fan of being around people who are drunk when I am stone cold sober!
So while visiting Temecula my friend Meg and I sought out a car service to cart us both around so neither one of us had to miss out on the fun. We chose Temecula Cable Car Wine Tours. I thought it would be fun bouncing around wine country in a cable car! Continue reading
A hot air balloon ride in Temecula
I have had taking a hot air balloon ride on my bucket list for a long time. Go ahead and judge me for having a bucket list, I know it’s cliché :-). As my friend Meg and I were headed to Temecula for wine tasting, we thought why not throw in a balloon ride too?!? Luckily Groupon had a deal for a 2 for 1 and it cut our costs in half, which was great as the ride was not overly expensive, but it was not inexpensive either. Continue reading
Stone Brewing Escondido California
Stone Brewing is one of the largest craft breweries in the United States and 1 of the 5000th fastest-growing private companies. Stone Brewing was founded in 1996 by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner. Probably their best known beer is the Arrogant Bastard, but don’t worry you don’t have to be one in order to enjoy this beer!
Stone Brewing’s logo. A gargoyle not the devil!
image credit: Bill Selak
They are also well-known for their IPAs and stouts and – well – that gargoyle that people always confuse with the devil. Sure he doesn’t have a very friendly look on his face, but he usually has a beer in his hand. I am only defending him as that previous sentence may also describe me from time to time. Continue reading
crockpot beer chicken tacos
We at a lot of tacos when I was a kid. I still eat them as an adult but maybe not as much as I did as a child. While making some tacos I thought I would spice things up and add beer to the tacos. This was certainly not something added to my childhood tacos. Mostly because my parents did not drink beer, nor cooked with beer. I’m not sure how we are related. Continue reading