chicago in november

On Thursday, Brian and I were both feeling homesick for city life. Montreal pretty much ruins you for living anywhere else, you see. It's almost the perfect city. So, as lovely as Madison is, after living in Montreal for seven years, Madison can feel pretty small. Despite its beauty and peacefulness, there are moments when I crave a bit more from a place. You know, sometimes you just want to be around more people, and noise, and things.

So we spontaneously booked a hotel on Thursday night and drove into Chicago on Friday. Luckily, it's just over two hours away, so it's easy to pull off a spur-of-the moment weekend getaway. We walked a lot, went out for food and drinks, did some shopping, and that's about it. It was just what the doctor ordered.

Some highlights: a visit to the Diptyque boutique for a hazelnut candle; stocking up on Cream of Earl Gray and White Chocolate Frost at DAVIDsTea (my favourite tea shop, which is slowly expanding into the US market); catching some great stand-up at Zanies; brunch at Avec and making new friends at their communal tables; shopping in Wicker Park and Bucktown; cocktails at Grass Fed and Bangers and Lace; hazy morning walks along the Chicago River.

The weekend ended on a rather intense note, as a dangerous storm rolled into town and we had to seek shelter during what we didn't know at the moment was actually a tornado watch. I am terrified of tornadoes, so this was particularly scary for me, and I was heartbroken to see how much damage was done across the Midwest as dozens of tornadoes touched down (many not far from Chicago) during just this one storm. Very scary stuff. The drive home was pretty frightening too, with extremely high winds and incessant rain,  but thankfully we made it home safely.

After all the excitement and weather scares, I'm now happy to be back in the quiet of Madison for a few more weeks before I'm back in Ontario for the holidays. Speaking of the holidays, I have just two spots left for my Cozy Glam Boudoir Portrait Special. Get in touch to snap up one of the last spots!

Here are a few moments from our weekend away.

And a few more from Instagram, where I do my best to document day to day life. I'm @dallascurow if you want to follow along.