Snapshots From the Windy City! And a Dream Fulfilled

by ilene on July 13, 2011 · 14 comments

in jeff, travel

Hello from Chicago!! Jeff and I are in the middle of a 2 week trip around the US.  We have been in Illinois the past 5 days visiting good friends, eating Chicago-style hotdogs and deep dish pizza, sailing on Lake Michigan and trekking through cornfields to visit Jeff’s hometown.

The highlight of this trip so far for me though?? Making my long-awaited first pilgramage out to Hobby Lobby!!  (for those who are like me and don’t have the fortune of living near one, Hobby Lobby is a megastore full of craft/art/decorating supplies. Way better than Michaels and AC Moore.) I’ve been wanting to go to Hobby Lobby my whole life!   Those who live near a Hobby Lobby may think its ridiculous, but it’s always been a lifelong dream of mine! There has never been one within a 300 mile radius of where I lived. I finally got to go yesterday!   I didn’t even let Jeff come with me because I knew he would hold me down.   I wanted to spend some long uninterrupted hours there browsing at my own pace without being harassed to hurry up.  I bought so much stuff, I actually had to buy an extra tote bag at Hobby Lobby to bring everything back on the plane! ha!

Here are a few snapshots from the past few days:

Next stop on this North American tour of great cities: Los Angeles!!!

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1 Kate July 13, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Glad you loved Hobby Lobby. I live three minutes from one. It is a blessing……..and a curse!


2 Anonymous July 14, 2011 at 5:06 pm

When we move to Boston, discovering that there were no Hobby Lobby stores here was on my list of reasons we needed to move back to the midwest! I can’t wait to see the stuff you’ll create from your purchases. 🙂


3 Anonymous July 25, 2011 at 9:15 pm

They just opened one in Manchester, NH. It’s about an hour from Boston.


4 ilene July 25, 2011 at 11:02 pm

oohh really?! thanks for letting me know!!


5 hswinson July 27, 2011 at 12:52 am

Beautiful pictures! So jealous you got to go sailing! Can’t wait to start my own little tour around the US and Canada at the end of August! Love your blog btw!


6 Brooke Ann July 27, 2011 at 10:29 am

Welcome to the wonderful state of Illinois! And Hobby Lobby IS THE BEST! 🙂


7 S.A July 27, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Wow! Amazing photos!
Great post too!


8 Suzanne July 28, 2011 at 8:46 am

I have lived on both coasts and now live in the Midwest. I know EXACTLY what you mean about wanting to visit Hobby Lobby. It’s a great store. I like to shop there unencumbered by appendages such as my wonderful husband and children. 🙂 Of course, I do much more damage there with I am alone.


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