We kicked off October with a cupcake tour. Even though the day of the tour was one of the coldest days we have had here so far, we loved tasting all the different cupcakes and can’t wait to go back to some of the places we visited to try more flavors.
We finally got to try Au Cheval, which The Food Network claims is the “best burger in America.” I’ll be honest, I’m a bit of a burger snob. I think I have had better burgers at other places, but it was definitely good. Also, the fried egg fries with mornay sauce and garlic aioli were the real stars of our meal.
My best friend from high school came to visit for a long weekend. You know you love your city when you can’t wait to show it off to people who have never visited…and want them to fall in love with it too. I had a blast showing Ally around Chicago, and on Christopher’s day off, we showed her more of Illinois by going apple picking!
Y’all know how much I love day trips, so this month I planned two on the days Chris wasn’t working: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and Starved Rock State Park in Oglesby, Illinois. In Lake Geneva, we took a boat ride featuring some of the most beautiful fall foliage (and mansions) I have ever seen. I will be posting about our Starved Rock adventure soon, but we enjoyed a trolley tour and hiking to a canyon.
It hasn’t been all fun and games: Christopher’s hours have been super long lately, and there have been several two-week stretches with no days off (we are in the middle of one right now), and he hasn’t had a day off on the weekend since we went apple picking. Even so, we are trying to make the most of a hard situation, and I love spending time with him when I can.
Fall in Chicago has been beautiful with all the gorgeous fall foliage and wonderful weather. I am so excited for the holiday season to start at the end of the month because everyone keeps telling me Chicago is magical at Christmas. Let’s just hope the weather stays beautiful as long as possible!