I’m in Chicago tonight and tomorrow doing venue visits for our second annual fall digital event. Fortunately, we have a Chicago office now, so we all actually have a place to call “home” when visiting for business.
After my site visit tonight (the Hard Rock Hotel), I had dinner with a dear friend tonight at Luxbar and am going for a long sunrise run along Michigan Ave. in the morning before my other venue visits (the Renaissance and the Allegro if anyone is interested; we used Hotel 71 last year but they’re booked for the date we need).
Whenever I am in Chicago, I try to run either along Michigan Ave. or the lake-front, depending on where I’m staying. I don’t run a ton at home, but when I travel, it’s my preferred form of exercise/exploration. It’s how I’ve familiarized myself with pretty much every city to which I’ve traveled. (Getting lost is quite fun too!)
Being here always makes me long for my life in D.C. I miss walking everywhere. I miss the hustle-bustleor urban life … but then on the flip-side, I love my 10-minute commute here, the bike path behind our house, and the fact that I can leave work at 5, 5:30 and be home from the gym and grocery store by 7 …
There are tradeoffs everywhere in life … that much is true. And don’t get me wrongl; we have a great life here — wonderful friends and colleagues, great property, great jobs, and my hubby’s getting his MBA from a top biz school. We’re definitely taking advantage of being here.
But I do miss living in a huge city sometimes, which is why when I travel, that nostalgia for 20-something urban life comes back.
Anyway, I will be back blogging next week. Hope everyone has a safe, happy and healthy weekend!