staycation : days one two

The last couple of years have been very busy at work and I squeaked in a little vacay here and there, but didn't come close to taking all of my vacation days.  So ... this year I said I was going to take as many of my vacation days as I could!  Why let them go unused, right?!? This week will be my first ever "staycation!"  It's odd for me to take time off from work and not be going somewhere.  Kind of funny to hear everyone's response. "Where are you going again?"  I finally started answering "Chicago" and then they kind of got it.  I feel like I do a pretty good job of getting out and about around town, but Chicago has so many amazing things to offer - why not be a tourist in my own city?

So let the stacay begin!

stay : one brunch @ Farmhouse Evanston shop local - ventured into a few shops that I had never been in before and found a couple of great items end of summer party on rooftop in Bucktown with a pretty spectacular view - my pitiful iPhone photo just does not do it justiceIMG_6570

stay : two brunch @ Little Market Brasserie Kind of got rained out today, so we spent a huge chunk of the day sitting and chatting over some fabulous food and drink.   I topped it off with a black bottom sundae that had the most delicious homemade salted caramel - I literally ate it by the spoonful - oy!Little-Market-Brasserie

And they had live music - every Sunday for brunch!  I have never seen this before and think it's a fabulous idea! The lead singer was dishing up acoustic versions of his band's music (Mighty Fox) mixed in with covers.  He had a great voice too!  We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. [soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/78936477" params="" width=" 100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]