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Long Weekend

On Friday afternoon, Pete and I cut out of work early, leashed up Stickers, and walked down to Andersonville for some sun and shandys. We also stopped by Haymaker, a swell local design shop, for Stickers to claim the title: cutest dog of the day. It was a great start to the weekend—save for my sandal breaking on the walk home.

The Gastronauts met Friday evening at Pequod Pizzeria in Morton Grove. Later this summer, Peaquod’s is moving from their charming little wood paneled home to a big, slick new location near the train station. So we had to bid adieu and enjoy some of their renowned cheese pan pizza and raise a few glasses of Tucher.

Saturday lunch: leftovers.

On Saturday afternoon, we headed south to enjoy the evening with our friends Becky and Billy, super cute kids, Maggie and Alex, and precious pup, Lewey in their lovely backyard. It was great to barbeque and relax and roast marshmallows for smores—perfect for Memorial Day weekend. Pete played basketball and catch with Alex. And I loved chatting about animals with Maggie. Pictured above is Stickers posing with Maggie’s portrait of her.

Our weekly SociaBulls walk kicked off the second half of the long weekend. Stickers trotted with her pittie buds along the path in Garfield Park. I liked the ponds bordered with purple flowers. She liked the water break. Yes, it was very hot on Sunday. We stopped by newly opened Glazed and Infused in Wicker Park for doughnuts on the way home. Yum. Raspberry glazed and vanilla cake with chocolate frosting and sprinkles.

Our pals Jim and Albert, of The Found, met us for dinner Sunday night at Chilapan on Montrose. Dinner was delicious and the conversation was even better. Always lots of giggles. The only thing missing was Stickers and their dog, Macho Todd. Afterwards, Pete and I made our way to the 22 bus and waited out the 20 minute lag by sharing a PBR and enjoying a few country tunes at Carol’s Pub.

Monday was also very hot.

We celebrated Memorial Day by working during the day and taking in a show at Millenium Park at night. The Pritzker Pavilion was the perfect location to hear Kelly Hogan perform live. She has such an amazing voice and a fabulous backing band.

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Weekend Haps

Our weekend really began on Thursday with some fantastic brick oven pizza at Antica—shared with some fantastic friends. We also enjoyed a few Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot Jobless Recovery Ales. Hee Hee.

On Friday, we saw a raucous performance by JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound. Plus, I loved his story about missing his dog while touring–especially when he found a stray white hair on his t-shirt. Awwww.

After the great Bulls win on Saturday and super bummer news about Derrick Rose, we walked over to The Mayne Stage for comedian Nick Thune’s 8pm show. I have enjoyed Thune’s interviews with Marc Maron, Riki Lindhome, and Pete Holmes on their podcasts. Thune is lanky and shaggy and charming, and the set–stories, one liners, and bits with guitar accompaniment–was great.  Afterwards, Pete and I watched the White House Correspondence Dinner. While the president and Jimmy Kimmel were very funny, our favorite part is the arrivals. We love to catch candid moments and bizarre pairings. What were Leon Panetta and Diane Keaton chatting about?

Yesterday was Stickers’ sixth birthday. We celebrated with a lovely SociaBulls walk, a bath at Soggy Paws, and a few treats. Happy Birthday, pretty girl!


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Scenes from a Weekend

It was a weekend of avoiding the rain, visiting museums, walking the pup, catching a flick, a record fair, Don Draper’s amazing sportcoat, and poutine!

Poutines at Bad Happy were delicious. Plus, we saw a guy almost eat like six hamburgers to win a free t-shirt.

Pete spent his Saturday afternoon manning a booth at the well-attended 10th annual CHIRP Record Fair.

And Sunday, we enjoyed another wonderful walk with Stickers’ friends at Chicago SociaBulls.

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Weekend Review

It was an extra busy weekend for Team ZimmerGreen starting with a Friday night viewing of 21 Jump Street. We’ve been wanting to see this since it was released because we were both fans of the original TV series and were interested in seeing if we agreed with all of the positive reviews of the film adaptation. The movie stars the skinny version of Jonah Hill and an extremely likeable Channing Tatum. It also features an excellent supporting cast that includes Ice Cube, Brie Larson, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle, Ellie Kemper, Chris Parnell, Nick Offerman, and the guy who plays Nick on New Girl. And the movie is often hilarious. Keep an eye out for a couple of terrific cameos too.

After the movie we headed down to Lincoln Park to try out a new restaurant called Forza. The restaurant is nice with exposed brick, tables on one side and a long bar on the other side. The bar has large TV’s that were all tuned to sports until 9pm when the lights dimmed and for some reason all the TV’s switched over to a Karl Lagerfeld fashion show featuring Florence minus The Machine. We started off with a couple of cocktails (Manhattan, Martini) that were decent and competitively priced. We shared the Sicilian Rice Balls which were really good and the Mascarpone Polenta which we thought was a little too runny. We also shared the Campagna di Campofelice (mushrooms, artichokes, olives, truffle oil, topped with an organic egg) pizza which was very good and a bargain at 10 dollars. Overall, the drinks were average, the food was good and fairly priced, and the service was exceptional.

After dinner we walked down the block to Lincoln Hall to see Swedish duo First Aid Kit. We arrived early enough to see the openers Peggy Sue and I really liked their A cappella version of Ray Charles’ “Hit the Road Jack” and their cover of “Heatwave” by Martha & The Vandellas. First Aid Kit took the stage and played an inspired set of music featuring songs from their excellent new record The Lion’s Roar. Highlights included the sweet “Emmylou,” the lovely “Blue,” and a great version of the Patti Smith classic, “Dancing Barefoot.”

On Saturday morning we woke up early for our weekly visit with SocialBulls, a local dog walking group. Stickers led the pack with two other white pitties, Questifer P. Doggins and Lacy. It was a beautiful sunny morning to spend with cute dogs and other dog lovers.

Saturday night we ventured down to the Ukranian Village for the Outer Minds record release party at the Empty Bottle. Before heading to the show we decided to check back in with the recently renovated Bite Cafe. The good news is that the space is still great and the food is even better. Mollie had the Falafel which she didn’t share but it looked really good. I had the fish fry dinner which I didn’t share and was also really good. We shared a lovely chocolate brownie with pretzel ice cream, pretzel crunch, and peanut butter caramel drizzle.We washed it all down with a couple of cans of Shiner Bock. It doesn’t get too much better. After dinner we headed to the show. I was excited to see Summer Girlfriends, which features the amazing Kristin Marks, an excellent CHIRP DJ who precedes my show on Wednesday afternoons. Summer Girlfriends played a nice set of catchy guitar rock that had me anticipating a proper release. Next up was Radar Eyes who really impressed me with their combination of garage rock fire power and punk rock energy. We wanted to stay to see Mannequin Men, who put out one of the best local records of 2011, but we were tired and had to be up early for Easter services so we left having already seen Outer Minds a few weeks ago at the The Hideout for the SXSW send off party. With Mannequin Men scheduled to play Do-Division and Outer Minds playing Pitchfork, we hope to catch both of those bands in the very near future. The show was recorded and you can watch the archive here.

On Sunday morning we woke up early to attend Easter services at Holy Covenant Methodist Church. Having been to Catholic School most of my life I wasn’t sure what to expect at this service. But within the first 10 minutes I was singing Bruce Springsteen’s “The Rising” along with a smiling choir. If I went to mass at St. Patricia in 1985 and had to sing along with something from Born in the U.S.A., my Catholic career might not be as stalled as it is today.

After church we headed down to Pilsen to Nightwood, one of our favorite restaurants in the city. I had an amazing bagel sandwich while Mollie had a grilled asparagus and cheddar omelet.

The next few hours were spent either napping or watching Chicago sports teams until our Pete’s Pizza arrived in time for Mad Men.

This week we are scheduled to see Perfume Genius at Schubas, Expo ’76 at Simon’s, while also checking out the CIMM Festival and the awesome CHIRP Record Fair this weekend. Stay tuned for updates.

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