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Christmas tree in the Walnut Room of Macy's, State Street, Chicago

Just returned from a few action-packed and fun-filled days in Chicago.  It had been nearly 10 years since I had been back “home”, so it was great fun – revisiting favorite places, eating long-missed food, having a dose of “city”, and getting a much-needed serving of cold, snow, and city-Christmas feeling.  (Other pics are on my Flickr set, here.)

We managed to walk nearly everywhere – from the glitter of Michigan Avenue to the blustery lakefront and the museums.  We did take the train out to the suburbs one day, just to revisit the town I grew up in – Downers Grove.  The boys and Mark graciously indulged my desire for the re-visit to places from my past.

We saw a few sturdy cyclists braving cold, snow, and messy streets, but not as many as I expected.  Then again – would I be braving the crazy holiday streets in the same weather?  … Well, probably not.

a night-time commuter

Chicago Police Bikes

blue christmas, blue bike

Back home and celebrating Christmas in more balmy temperatures and rain.  I somehow managed to make Santa’s not-so-naughty list, for he brought me some really nifty bicycle-themed gifts this year.

Santa was in a bicycle mood this year ... 🙂

Wishing everyone a holiday filled with peace, friends, and family … I am so grateful for the wonderful people who fill my life with joy.  Looking forward a new year full of new adventures.  Cheers.