I have wanted to take a day to spend w/ K in Chicago so she could take me to Vogue Fabric store. 🙂
Finally, we had plans for Wednesday so I then thought of calling Gma M. She so wanted to see the German Christmas Market and it would be easy for us to go there. She said YES!
I had already decided to take the train in from Elburn. I picked up Gma M at 6:20 in the morning! Wow! It was still dark and patchy fog…. but thankfully the fog only lasted about 5 miles.
We got to Elburn about 7:55. Parked and finally got the money folded precisely into 1/8ths for the parking box. !!! The train was already there waiting and we were able to get a good seat… only 5 of us total in our car.
Soon we started picking up passengers by the droves! By the time we were 6 stops away from downtown, it was packed. Upstairs & downstairs…. people were in every seat.
I’m sure we looked like tourists!
- We didn’t have a newspaper to read!
- We didn’t bring a disposable coffee or our IPods.
- We talked to each other.
- We had no idea that Ogilvie Transportation Station was the official name of our stop.
When we arrived at 9:30 a.m. and got off the train, K had said to walk to the bus area and she’d find us. We were in the MASS of crowd so decided to get to the blank wall and call K. About that same second, she found us! Yeah!!
We still needed a day pass for CTA for Gma so wandered this train station (aka a mall!) and found CVS and indeed they had a pass.
K found us a bus around the corner and we went to her room. Ahhhh….
After a bit of a break and thawing time, we walked to the German Christmas at Daley plaza. It was 1/2 hr before opening (oops, forgot to check that!) so we went the next block over to Macy’s. We saw the windows and went inside but decided not to venture to the Walnut Room to see the extravagant decorations!
Another block to the Chicago Cultural Center. The featured display was by an artist K had studied in a class. He makes embroidered pictures with his sewing machine, dropped feed dogs, and NO presser foot! Agh… watch your fingers! There was a video running of him working which was very fascinating to me!
Here are photos I wasn’t supposed to take of his work. (I honestly did look for a sign!) Up close of part of the sky (see his stitches?):
Now it was finally time to head back to the German Christmas. (Because of construction, all the pedestrians were on one side of the street! Crowded!!)
Gma M seemed to enjoy seeing the little shops and what they had to offer. One had Christmas decorations by a well-known German artist that she was familiar with.
We were quite hungry after our very early breakfasts and walked a few blocks to Subway. After lunch, we got on the Red Line (subway) which was only 10 steps out the door!
We found Vogue Fabrics quite easily even tho the bus was jammed to the gills!! We were standing smooshed next to everyone!
I got a good chunk of one batik fabric I want to use in a wildflower quilt. Found some very nice black corduroy with a diamond pattern on sale for $1.99/yard. (insert large happy face here!) I’d like to make it into a swing cropped jacket as I saw at the Art Show 2 weeks ago.
I also found a remnant of cotton fabric that looks like green cutting mat! I’m going to use it for the inside of a tote I’m making for carrying bigger mats & rulers to workshops.
We headed out to wait for the bus back and it was there just as we arrived. The in & out of the bus stop curbs were FULL of snow so that was a bit precarious!
We had completed our list of to-dos and it was only 2:00. We went to K’s room to relax before supper. She has lots of stories and showed Gma M more of her projects from the semester.
On the way to supper, we stopped at a bead store. Wow! It was small quarters but stuffed full of beads and vintage buttons. Wouldn’t you know, I found pink vintage buttons for my corduroy jacket! K got beads to add to Dee’s bracelet she is making. (commissioned project)
Gma M enjoys the ice skating at Millennium Park. We stopped for K’s picture outside The Art Institute by the holiday dec’d lion.
We ate supper at Bennigan’s across the street from The Art Institute and then headed to K’s room to get our things. Of course, by this time it was after 5 and rush hour downtown. Ugh! Even walking was difficult. Even more tricky when we added in my backpack on wheels and a big bag of Christmas presents we toted home for K.
Again the bus to the train station was jammed packed. I finally slid to a seat since Gma couldn’t get to it. We were glad to get inside the train station and didn’t mind waiting a bit for the train.The train was late and full due to a previous accident. We had to wait quite a bit for the train to unload and then the loading of all those waiting took a while, too. We were quite pleased that K found us 2 seats together! She went on the train with us to help w/ carrying the extra bag. (Getting the extra off the train was NO problem when only 6 of us were left and the train didn’t rush away so we could take our time.)
The train ride out was packed and we were quite confused at the lack of stops. Later, we decided the speaker in our car wasn’t working as we never heard stop names called out for the few stops we did make. The regulars knew their stop by the time and/or view even in the dark. Hmpf!
We peered out the dark windows when we thought it was our stop and recognized our vehicle in the parking lot and the depot building. Silly travelers!
Phil had warned me that there was dense fog near home. It was quite spotty all the way and then thicker the last 20 miles. But we made it home just fine albeit a tad tired. Home at 9:20 p.m.
A good time was had by all!
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