My night in Chicago and visiting the Merchandise Mart for the first time

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I am in love with this image of the Mart and wish I knew the source. I’d totally frame it and hang in my den/office which has that exact color scheme. See bits and pieces of my home here.

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If you follow me on instagram, you are aware that I took an overnight getaway to Milwaukee’s sister city. For a $10 upgrade, I had incredible views of East Chicago and the river. The black tallest building is called the Hancock and I’ve been to their observation deck in the past. Best views of the city, even better than the Sears aka Willis Tower (since it’s closer to Lake Michigan). Smack dab in front of my room was the Merchandise Mart.

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A view of the river looking east. Anyone who knows me or watches what I like on instagram, you’ll notice I have a strong appreciation of skyscrapers and skylines. I have to go to any city’s downtown at least once. I HAVE to go to the tallest building’s observation deck (in Atlanta go to the Sun Dial Restaurant at the Westin hotel…in Dallas, go to the globe shaped Reunion Tower…in Vegas ride the Big Shot on top of the stratosphere..yep I’m crazy like that). So this view was almost heaven for me. Lol

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I was able to watch all the tourist boats pass.

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I ordered ridiculously overpriced room service. At least it was delish!

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I just think Chitown has the best skyline in the U.S.

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A couple friends of mine moved down there so whenever I am in the city I try to meet up. So after walking all around looking for a deep dish pizza spot that was still open at such a late hour, we finally found one.

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Yes it looks like lasanga but it was soooo good.

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After walking back to the hotel I walked by the Mart and snapped a photo of this gorgeous bronze soaking tub from Waterworks.

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Cool.

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After viewing the sunrise between the skyscrapers and having breakfast, I went to Luxe Home, the first floor of the Mart where the kitchen and bath and some lighting showrooms were. Stay tuned for a more detailed post on the boutiques inside but here are a few snippets.

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It was unfortunate as many showrooms didn’t allow pictures so I snapped pics in the ones that didn’t have a “no picture”sign or anyone near to ask permission.

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I had every intention on hitting Michigan Ave for some shopping but it rained. So instead my friend showed me how to get to Lake Shore Drive where the beaches and Navy Pier is located. I think I know a lot of the downtown streets by heart now.

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But as soon as I got on the highway to head back to Milwaukee….the sun came out. And stayed out. If you know anything about Chitown’s traffic…you know it’s almost impossible to cross over many lanes. I was already in the slow express lanes with 5 of the regular ones at speeds of 80. So I sulked and didn’t get off. Had I killed time for one more hour….I would have been on Michigan shopping. Oh well, my bank account still loves me.

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  1. Nice, don’t you just love that mart. I sure do….

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