Happy Official Fall! The Midwest may take a lotta heat for our horrible winters but nothing beats the Fall in these parts. Crisp air, delicious food, football, sweaters, honey crisp apples, boots, windows open...need I go on?
Perhaps you're a veteran or maybe you're a Midwestern virgin...either way, I've rounded up our favorite activities to do with family and friends this time of year. I recommend them all, I've done them all and I'll continue these traditions for as long as my children will let me hold their hand. Enjoy!
- Oktoberfest at the Hofbrauhaus in Rosemont
- Goebbert's Fall Festival: definitely bring the kids!
- Apple picking at County Line Orchard
- Pumpkinfest at Didier Farms
- High School Football: anywhere!
- Visit the Statesville Haunted Prison in Joliet: bring extra underwear!
- Eat Zullo's apple cider donuts at Green City Market
- Visit The Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest: they are trying to break the record for the most carved jack-o-lanterns!
- Visit Fright Fest at Great America: it looks a lot scarier than I remember!
- Take in the Fall foliage in Lake Geneva: we recommend a stay at Grand Geneva
- Jumping in leaves: FREE!
- Cheer on the runners at The Chicago Marathon
- Autumn Brews at the Botanic Garden
- Indulge in Bacon + Beer at Soldier Field
- Boo at the Zoo: bring a wagon for the kiddos and dress 'em up!
- Bake a pie
- Andersonville Dessert Crawl
- Attend the Really Big Halloween Party at Navy Pier
- Go to a Bear's Game
Happy Fall friends!
Apologies for the radio silence. I have been bitten by the winter flu bug and I'm still not 100%. But there is no rest for the weary...or moms...as you know. Really, that applies to all parents. But that's a different story for a different day. So! Today's post is not related to fashion but rather, remedies!
I can't imagine a winter that didn't involve heavy coats and multiple layers. It's all I've ever known. And if you talk to any good Midwesterner, they'll be extraordinarily candid about how important a good coat can be. Take it from someone who is looking forward to 40 degree temps today. And yes, you read that correctly. We were in the negatives just 48 hours ago, my friends.
Quality time with my kids is somewhat a challenge before the holidays. There's a lot of craziness and running around...and events. We usually average about two weekends of "absolutely nothing" before we turn into spinning tops. Sound familiar?
Well, recently we got to hit the "pause" button and take our kids to the circus for the first time. Honestly, we had forgotten how good it was! Or maybe as adults, we've come to appreciate what a production it is. And our kids...they loved it!
Corri has been an unstoppable force in the fashion community for years. Her story has inspired young women and fellow entrepreneurs for years including myself. Not only has her brand, eDrop-off, withstood multiple economy shifts but it continues to thrive. She's a knock-out, a rocker, a momma, a #bossbabe, a fashionista and more. Check out what makes Corri such a fan favorite in the Chicago community!
It's always nice when you meet a fellow color lover like Lindzi. She is unapologetically vibrant and girlie to the core. I often think to myself...if you're gonna be a girl...go big! That Lindzi does. With two FT businesses, I don't know how she comes up for air but such is the life of a #girlboss. From sassy tees to a well curated collection of whimsical paper goods and coffee mugs, you can find a gift for just about every lady on your list. Perfect timing for the holidays!
When you meet Liz, her warm smile will undoubtedly be the first thing you notice. She puts everyone at ease. There is a twinkle in her eye that never dulls and, in fact, gets brighter when she talks about her husband or her kids...and now her newest baby, Coat Check.
Having lived in Chicago followed by a short stint to New York only to find herself back in Chicago once more...Liz is the perfect addition to the emerging fashion scene in Chicago.
September came and went in a flash but there were many memorable moments. It also marks my husband's birthday, a new school year and a change in seasons. Truly my favorite time of year, this month was chockfull of memorable moments and events.
The evening light is changing and there's a different scent to the air. I smell Fall. Last call for Summer.
Charles and I met at an event a little over a year ago. He was catering and whipping up gourmet bites and the conversation was easy. This is often the case with creative types as I gravitate to them like a moth to a flame. He was at ease and passed his business card to me on the way out. I was just launching Oak St. Social. Needless to say, the food we inhaled was nothing short of amazing and I felt we needed to collaborate in some way.