Week #23 – “Breakup at a Wedding” Movie Screening & Miller’s Pub

A handful of my friends are moving back to Chicago this summer, including Ali, my good friend from college, and her husband Adam. Ali and I met freshman year through our sorority, and lived together our senior year at U of I—needless to say, we’ve been through a lot.

Ali has lived and worked in NYC as an actress since we graduated from college, and although I visit New York often, it just got hard to see each other. So I was pretty excited when she messaged me on Facebook to announce her move!

We reunited over sushi last week, and I’m happy to say it was just like old times. When she asked me to come to the screening of her new feature film, Breakup at a WeddingI couldn’t wait to support her. Watch the trailer here! Having planned my wedding less than two years ago I was pretty intrigued by the title…ha!

We went to DePaul University’s CDM Theatre, where Ali and her co-star Mary Grill (she also appears on The Mindy Project) were hosting the screening. The movie features a bunch of hilarious young actors Ali’s been working with for years. With a small budget and 12 days of filming near JFK Airport, they were able to make a laugh-out-loud, heartfelt film.

Here’s the scoop: The night before her wedding, the bride-to-be (Ali!) decides she doesn’t want to married, but convinces her fiancé to go through the motions on their wedding day (except for signing the marriage certificate part). The groom hopes a present at the wedding with change Ali’s mind. Does it? (This is the part where you go to the website and pre-order the movie that comes out on June 18th if you want, hint hint.)

Seeing Ali larger than life on the silver screen for the first time was surreal. I’m so proud of her and her friends for the awesome film they made, and I’m glad we saw it in a theater. It’s pretty cool to hear people laughing at your friend’s jokes—especially when your friend is on screen.

I should also mention that at the screening, I also met Ali’s husband Adam and saw one of our sorority sisters, Stacey, who I haven’t seen since college (many years, people)!

After we snapped some photos at DePaul (Ali’s dad even brought his own red carpet!), we headed over to Miller’s Pub (another new spot) for a celebratory cocktail or two (a Midwest Mule and a wheat beer for me). This place felt so old-school Chicago, like the décor (with it’s street signs and Chicago memorabilia), the bartenders (in white shirts with black vests), and the people (a solo man next to us has been coming since the early ’90s) haven’t changed in years. There’s comfort in the familiar, and this was a great place to get together with old friends, and new, in my beloved city of Chicago.

Cheers, Ali!

Breakup at a Wedding
Release Date: June 18, 2013

Miller’s Pub
134 S. Wabash
The Loop

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Week #13 – Chicago History Museum

My family friend Megs works at the Chicago History Museum and offered to take me on a personal tour—how could I refuse? She mentioned a new fashion exhibit called Inspiring Beauty that was definitely worth seeing. Sounds like the perfect Saturday afternoon. And it was!

There is SO much to do here—for adults and children alike—so I’m including just a few of my favorite memories from the day.

  1. FACING FREEDOM – This exhibit gives interactive examples of how groups in U.S. history worked hard to fight for freedom, from the women’s suffrage movement (see me holding my banner below) to a Chicago school boycott. Megs and I were a part of this exhibit, too! First we took our picture, chose a word to go with our photo (we chose UNITE), and, voila!, our photo is one of many that appears on a pillar in the exhibit.
  2. TOURING THE FIRST L TRAIN CAR – Did you know the first L train car can be found here? Not only can you see the train, you can walk through the car. The seats are a little hard, but the car is so beautifully designed. It’s fun to sit and think about all of the people who’ve been on the train before you.
  3. INSPIRING BEAUTY: 50 YEARS OF EBONY FASHION FAIR – Think Oscar de la Renta, Christian Dior, and so much more! If you see only one thing during your visit, it should be this featured exhibit (open through January 5, 2014). You can’t take photos, so you’ll have to experience this one for yourself! Don’t miss the dozens of haute couture outfits featured during the 50-year history of Ebony Magazine’s annual traveling fashion show. Their beautiful construction, fierce colors, bold patterns, and exotics materials make it difficult to choose one favorite! Some of my favorites include a full-body tattoo black dress by Sarli, a Nina Ricci bold purple coat and jumpsuit, and an elegant blue coat by Pauline Trigere that was worn by Eunice Johnson, co-founder of Chicago’s Johnson Publishing Company and producer and director of the Ebony Fashion Fair.
  4. VIVIAN MAIER’S CHICAGO – A picture is worth a thousand words, especially in this exhibit. The black and white photos of Vivian Maier, a nanny who photographed her life during the ’60s and ’70s in Chicago, speak volumes of the times without using a single word. This was another fun way to see fashion of the past, too.
  5. SENSING CHICAGO – I dressed up as a human-sized hot dog, rode a high-wheel bicycle, and smelled a farm. All while in this fun, experiential exhibit. Priceless…

I’ve included lots of photos, so be sure to take a look. Or better yet, plan a visit to the museum! Special thanks to Megs for the great tour!

Chicago History Museum
1601 North Clark
Old Town

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