a week in Chicagoland

Well, I’m done with work! I quit my job last week and now I have a few days to relax while Daniel finishes up his school year, and my mom and sister visit Seattle. After that, we’ll have just over a week to pack, clean, and say goodbye to Seattle.

Two weeks ago I flew to Chicago to look for an apartment. My awesome friend Pamela volunteered to drive me around all week.

As soon as my flight got in, we headed to Logan Square for a late night bite at the Longman and Eagle; we had some sort of corn-on-corn churro thing for dessert that was delicious.

at the Longman & Eagle

After noms, we headed up to the North Chicago/Waukegan area to spend the next 5 days apartment hunting. We put a ton of miles on the car, driving from suburb to suburb (more like ex-urb really) looking for a place to rent. The whole Chicagoland area is so different from Seattle; it’s going to take some getting used to. We also took the opportunity to sample the food and culture in the North Chicagoland area.

First we stopped at RFUMS for bumper stickers and t-shirts:

RFUMS swag

We also discovered that apparently it is ok to park on the grass when all the parking spots are taken:

Parking

Then we took in some nightlife in the nearby town of Libertyville:

Pamela

Then we spent a  whole bunch of time just driving around the city of Waukegan, Illinois, looking for FOR RENT signs. This is all old Saunders stomping-grounds, since Pamela’s dad grew up in Waukegan.

Pamela approved of Joplin’s Java, the only independent coffee shop in Waukegan (for the love of dog, please correct me if I am wrong here and Waukegan is full of secret local coffee shops – this is the only one we could find!) The coffee shop is really cute and it overlooks a beautiful ravine.

Joplin's Java

Anyway, so after lots of running around, a few disappointments, and some tears, I found an apartment! It is is Waukegan, in a safe, but working class area. It’s less than 2 miles from the elementary school where Daniel will be teaching, and it’s about 7 miles from RFUMS. We’re excited to have such short commutes in an area where it seems everyone is willing to commute miles and miles to work every day. We really don’t want to have to get a second car, at least right away. Also, Daniel is really happy about our close proximity to lots of taco shops and Mexican groceries.

Anyway, the apartment is a 3-bedroom, 1 bath with hardwood floors and a nice big porch/balcony area. I will have one whole bedroom to myself for an office, and we are also planning a guestroom for when family and friends come to visit. It will be so nice to have more space to spread out and set up a proper office. One of the biggest perks of living in the suburbs – you can get a 1400 square foot apartment for less than you were paying for your 525 square foot place in Capitol Hill!

Thanks for a great week Pam!

Pamela and me

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