March 15, 2015

SOL 15: The Annual Suburban Pilgrimage

I don't know how it works in other cities, but it's common knowledge that here in Chicago, people from the city do NOT enjoy the suburbs. I realized this to be true when I moved back home after college (in the city). If I wanted to see my friends, my ONE choice was to shlep into the city because it's honestly like pulling teeth to get them to come visit me!

"It's too far!" they complain without recognizing that the distance is EXACTLY the same when I drive to the city to see them.

"There's nothing to do in the suburbs!" they whine! Uh... we have pretty much everything you do. Bars, restaurants, parks, theaters... what are we missing? Traffic, no parking, and high taxes!

Today, though, some of my favorite city friends (whom I've known for 15 years now) make their annual pilgrimage to the suburbs to hang out with me for my birthday. Just like last year, we spent the afternoon reminiscing and laughing as we prepared and ate a meal (unstuffed cabbage, potatoes, kale salad, and carrots) together.

And Matt brought pie because that's what he does best!

It's honestly one of my favorite ways to spend an afternoon. Good food, good company, and good conversation.

It was the perfect way to end our not-feeling-so-good weekend.


  1. I remember thinking it was such a schlep to go to Westchester, Southern CT, or NJ when my friends moved out of the city. But for good friends, you travel with a happy heart, which it sounds like your friends do for you. :)

  2. That is funny. I live in a rural area and we talk about it quite a bit that most of our professional meetings are on the other side of the state and that people rarely come to us. It is always nice when they do though.