We were in Chicago for only two days, but we filled them up, walking around town, touristing on Michigan Avenue, eating some of the best vegan food I’ve ever had, and ending up in the emergency room. (those last two aren’t related)
Drew had some pieces in Typeforce, an art show in Bridgeport, so we decided to get out of town and make a weekend out of it. The trip to Chicago from Nashville isn’t that bad—around 6 or 7 hours—and it’s easy enough to bring Rufus along, although I had to knit him a sweater really quickly before we left. He’s not used to midwest winters, and neither am I. But it wasn’t bad. We bundled up, I wore my sensible gardening/rain/work boots and I used the cold as an excuse to buy a scarf at Madewell. We walked around during the day and took the CTA and taxis (when we got lost) at night.
We went to the Museum of Contemporary Art for the first time (where I also used Groupon for the first time), walked around Michigan Avenue, stopping in stores to warm up. We ate at a place called LYFE Kitchen because it was close to our hotel, but got really excited about going to Native Foods again. We went there the last time we were in Chicago and couldn’t get over how good the food was—all vegan, with so much flavor. I just wish they could bring a restaurant to Nashville.
The art show was fun, and I loved seeing Drew’s new pieces on the wall (the photo here is pretty small, but you can check out better photos of it on his site). I got to meet some Chicago friends of his, who were all super nice. But the room was loud, and my vision started to blur, and I fainted before I could go find somewhere to sit. All I can remember is waking up and being conscious of where I was (and being really embarrassed) and then fainting away again. I didn’t want an ambulance to come, but when I couldn’t stand up without passing out I knew it was probably a good idea. So the paramedics came, and as soon as I could lie down I felt much better, but they took me to the emergency room just to be on the safe side.
Well, I was fine. I think it was just a combination of a lot of things: low blood pressure, not drinking enough water, drinking a few coffees and a few drinks. Mostly I was just embarrassed for the dramatic exit and sorry for taking Drew away from his show so soon. But it did make our Chicago trip more exciting.