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A Family Affair

Posted Jul 13 2011 5:35pm

It’s always a treat when my family visits us in Chicago. Last Wednesday, the Benders started arriving for a fun-filled weekend, kicked off by a trip to Cirque du Soleil, one of my favorite shows .

This time around we were under the big top at the United Center to see Ovo . It was quite the treat and although I would argue that it was not my favorite of the Cirque shows, it is definitely still worth going to if it’s ever in your city.

The next day, Papa Bender came to town, which was followed by a lovely breakfast at Yolk . I started out with a strawberry-orange juice that was absolutely wonderful.

For my entree, I went with the Tuscan frittata, which was out-of-this-world good. Eggs baked with chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh basil, and red diced potatoes, then topped with goat cheese. I could not get enough.

I also enjoyed a side of whole wheat toast.

After breakfast, my dad and brother headed to Milwaukee to spend time with our family up there, while my mom and I got ready for our girl’s weekend with Jill and her mom, who also came to town!

Our first task was to get ready for a big Friday night barbecue with the boys in our lives. :)

We put together quite the feast, starting with an appetizer of barbecue and salt + pepper popchips .

Our Take Two Burgers were grilled, while watermelon was balled…

…and wine, of course, was served. :)

Bobby marinated some red pepper with mushrooms to top the burgers. They turned out fantastic!

My mom also made her prized asparagus, grilled in aluminum foil with butter and Parmesan cheese.

Everybody agreed that the meal was a hit — and saved just enough room for some frozen yogurt for desert. I can’t believe I haven’t had Stonyfield After Dark Chocolate since July of 2008 . It was just as good as I remembered!

The rest of the night was spent chatting amidst games of Scattergories . We had a blast!

The girl’s weekend continued into Saturday, when we saw Midnight in Paris — definitely an interesting movie if you love literature and art — and went to Grand Lux Cafe for dinner. On Sunday, we ended things on a boat note.

The moms and daughters took a Shoreline Architecture River Cruise , which was awesome!

We navigated all parts of the downtown Chicago river area, more than any other architecture cruise I’ve ever been on. It was great to see more of the city and hang out with Mama Bender.

Of course, no Chicago sightseeing tour would be complete without an overly expensive photo. Yes, I am that person who doles out for the semi-professional photograph with the cheesy foreground. I did it when Bobby and I went to Alcatraz , too!

Ah, memories. :) Cheers to a fantastic mother-daughter weekend!

My dad and brother came back into town Monday afternoon for one more night of hanging out. It was sad to send them off to the airport yesterday, but I’m glad that Chicago Family Weekend 2011 was made into a reality! Hoping for a repeat next summer.

What’s one tourist adventure that you absolutely love in your city?


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