Dinners with Uncle Steve

Let me preface this post.  We were in Chicago for two weeks and the posts about our time there won’t necessarily be in chronological order. While we were in Chicago we stayed with Caleb’s sister and her family.  We had so much fun spending time with them and I was able to get a ton of photo practice in.  I’ll be posting those on my photography blog soon but will also link to it from here.

There were many reasons we stayed in Chicago for a couple weeks.  Caleb had a financial bloggers conference to attend during the first weekend of the month and we wanted to spend time with family and friends in the area as well as see the city.

We had dinner with my uncle Steve a few times while we were there.  He is a Jesuit professor at Loyola so we simply took the L up to campus and spent time walking around and letting him show us the city.

The first night, he was kind enough to offer to take us to Ditka’s, which is an amazing steak and seafood house downtown.  The mashed sweet potatoes were divine!  I’m really close with my uncle and it was important to me that we spend some time with him so that he could get to know Caleb better.

After dinner we went to see 50/50 (a really good movie) and then walked over the Tribune building I was so bummed that I didn’t have my camera for this.  The Tribune has pieces of other important buildings inlaid into the walls.  There were pieces from St. Peters, the Coliseum, the Pantheon, Ground Zero, the Great Wall, the Berlin Wall and so much more.

We were there quite late at night and it was relatively peaceful for downtown Chicago.  It was inspiring to walk around the base of this building and feel connected to all the other parts of the world that its stones call to mind.

We met up with Steve again a few nights later and went to the Rosebud for dinner.   Before dinner, Caleb and I went down to the Apple Store in the hopes that we could get cases for our new iPhones that we were expecting.  When we got to the store we were both awestruck by the memorial to Steve Jobs.  The sidewalk was crowded with people writing post it notes, taking pictures and simply standing in silence.

At Rosebud, I was in heaven because I love food, but this has to be the closest thing to real Italian food that I’ve tasted since I was in Rome.  It was soooo good!

It was wonderful to be able to spend some quality time with uncle Steve.  More to come on Friday!  Hope everyone is having a great week!