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My Kind of Town

Last Saturday night we were on board the Evening Star, cruising up and down the Chicago River and out to Lake Michigan. It was a beautiful night — a little cool for August, but pleasant nonetheless.

There are so many things I love about Chicago, and the view of the skyline is just one of them.


While Navy Pier, the brightly lit area in the foreground, is a popular tourist destination, it’s not high on my list of places to go. It has a number of attractions for families, though, like the Ferris Wheel and Children’s Museum, and is also the home of the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

Although the beer garden at the end of the pier can be fun on a hot summer night, in general there are much better places to eat in Chicago than on Navy Pier — most of the restaurants there are chains.

In my opinion the best thing about Navy Pier is the incredible fireworks display on Wednesdays and Saturdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and on Saturday night we had a front-row seat.



Really, what made this night extra special is the reason we were on the boat: to celebrate the wedding of Pete’s sister, Terri.

Terri is not just my sister-in-law — she and I have been friends since high school. We both went on to the same university, initially living in the same dorm (but thankfully not as roommates). We’ve remained close friends throughout everything we’ve both been through, including my marriage to her brother (which neither of us ever could have imagined!).

We are just thrilled for her and her new husband, Joe. It couldn’t have been a more perfect night in the city we love.

1 Comment

  1. Mom on August 13, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    Yes, it was great fun and your pictures are great. Can’t believe I was still going @ 2:00 am. Can’t remember when the last time was staying up that long! Much happiness to Terri, Joe and their blended family.

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