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Flagship Walgreens: My dream home

Forget fancy Lincoln Park condos and grand estates in North Shore.

I want to move into the new Walgreens drugstore on State Street.

For those who haven’t heard everyone freaking out, Walgreens has opened a two-level flagship store in the former (RIP) Loehmann’s space. And it’s pretty amazing.

Seriously, if I didn’t have to earn a paycheck or see my husband, I could spend all of my waking hours here. And I pretty much could. It has everything a gal could need.

Fantastic wines on heavy rotation (literally)

Cheese heaven

Nail salon

Frozen yogurt on tap

And let’s not forget the sushi bar, espresso bar, Freestyle Coke machine, humidor, international newsstand, virtual make-up artist display and virtual bartender.

Excuse me while I start packing now…

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I dream of delivery

It’s all snowy and blizzard-ry outside in Chicago. Snowtorious BIG, Snowpocalypse, Blizzaster (or whatever else we’re calling it) is underway.

The view from my window screen. Except more blustery and snowy.

I’m snuggled up next to my iMac, feeling cozy and somewhat sentimental. So, I feel a need to profess my love. And give credit to happiness where it’s due:

I love you, Peapod.

You’re always there. You let me order groceries online when I have a busy week. You bring my food to my door when it’s too cold to go outside. Major crush.

Thanks to the internet, we want everything immediately. You can, however, get a lot of things delivered in Chicago. The typical stuff—like flowers or food from pretty much any restaurant, for example. But we’re not as far along as say, New York, in terms of what can be delivered.

Here are the top five things I’d want delivered to my door in a dreamy snowstorm world:

  • At-home manis/pedis: Some days, I could use a nice mani/pedi to lift my spirits or make me feel pulled together. But I don’t want to leave the house. And let’s be honest, it never looks as good when I do my nails myself. Enter a fancy at-home service. I actually think there may be such services, but they’re only for groups like bachelorette parties.
  • Sundries via Target: I would go completely broke if Target had a home-delivery service. Sure, you can order things online via their website, but you can’t get everything online. Or even the next day without paying a fortune. Like cheap bottles of wine, almonds, Q-tips, Method hand soap. I would spend my paycheck in the winter on this service. Target, can you hear me?
  • Tasty organics at Trader Joe’s: Same as above. I’d spend a fortune, but it’d be good to have an alternative to Peapod. Especially one that offers crazy cheap, organic and delicious goat cheese, hummus, pizza, soups, wine and frozen deliciousness at my beck and call.
  • Booze: Some nights when I’m making dinner, I’ll have a specific wine in mind to pair with food. Or it’s late at night, and I want a nice night cap and nothing sounds savory. Can’t someone deliver the booze I want when I want it? (Realllll booze hound-ish, huh?)
  • Brunch: Ever notice tons of restaurants deliver, but no one delivers brunch? Sometimes, it’s too cold or you’re just too hungover to walk a few blocks to get eggs cooked by someone else. I can haz eggzz, hashbrowns and blood marys delivered?

That’s just me. What delivery dreams do you have?

If you’re in Chicago and it’s Peapod you’re dreaming of, you’re outta luck for tomorrow. 😦

Hope you stay safe, warm and fed the next few days, Chicago.

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Yard sale jackpot

Living in Lakeview, I had forgotten about the concept of yard sales. Because most people on the northside live in large apartment buildings, there is a lack of yards and garages. Hence, very few yard or garage sales. My unwanted items during this chapter either went to Salvation Army or to my mom’s for yard sale-ing. Thanks, Mom.

On the westside, most people live in three flats or tiny houses with yards, therefore, making yard sales possible. My friend Andrea and I actually hosted one a few months back. I managed to get rid of some stuff and make $50. Success! Since I failed to take photos that day, I stole these from Casey:

Dre stylishly holding down the fort. I think I ended up giving away the chair she was sitting in.

Hi. This is Andrea. Isn't she stylishly holding down the fort?

Joe discovered the liberation of "yarn bras." And mostly napped.

Joe discovered the liberating feeling afforded by a "yarn bra." And mostly napped.

There are yard sales over here EVERY weekend. I am intrigued by the range of advertising strategies:

Some employ a modest, straightforward approach.

Some employ modest, straightforward approaches.

Some use elaborate, artistic spray painted flyers. I saw many flyers for this particular yard sale, each more colorful and elaborate than the next.

Others use elaborate, artistically spray paint techniques. There were many versions of this flyer, each more colorful than the next.

A select few use mannequins to market for them. Yes, this neighborhood has a thing for mannequins.

Mannequins work for a select few. Yes, this neighborhood has a thing for mannequins.

I usually don’t hang out at the yard sales. I have the same aversion to them as I do stores like TJ Maxx or Loehmann’s. Love the concept, but lack the patience to dig to find what I want. However, I stumbled upon two today and hit the jackpot. All discovered items were actually things I needed or was in the market for.

A set of espresso cups and saucers. Aren't these adorable? I was informed by their former owner that they are intended for Turkish coffee.

A set of espresso cups and saucers. Aren't these adorable? I was informed by their former owner that they're actually intended for Turkish coffee. Same idea. I made some espresso immediately upon returning home. And washing.

These are actually better quality than the Forever 21 versions they're replacing. Let's not lose these, too.

These are better quality than the Forever 21 version they're replacing. Let's not lose these, too.

I've been eyeing these exact pair of gray Levi's at the Levi store for a few months. These fit perfectly (such an anomoly) and were $67 cheaper. Deal of the century.

I've been eying these exact pair of gray Levi's at the Levi's store for a few months. These fit perfectly (such an anomaly) and were $67 cheaper! Deal of the century.

Since I failed to purchase clothing such as tank tops and summer dresses, I'm in quite the predicament for my upcoming trip to Cabo.

Since I failed to purchase clothing such as tank tops and summer dresses this season, I'm in quite the predicament for my upcoming trip to Cabo. Suddenly, not so bad.

The grand total for these treasures? $9! I might be a convert.

Just please have an intervention with me if I become a fan of “Yard Sales” on Facebook.

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Friends do let friends drink and shop

I love grocery shopping.

This seems surprising considering that since I spent countless high school days and college vacations in a grocery store as your friendly, local check-out girl. As it turned out, I actually liked that job. The combination of food and shooting the shit suited me. Go figure.

So, you can imagine my elation when I discovered that the new Whole Foods in Lincoln Park combines three of my loves: food, shooting the shit and drinking wine. Yes, wine! I could honestly spend hours in this place. And my whole paycheck. Wait, I think I’ve done both.

Is this a wine bar, you ask? Why yes...I indulged in a flight of wine while doing this...

Is this a wine bar, you ask? Why yes...I indulged in a flight of wine while doing this...

The grocery cart. Featuring joe's art direction and my blurry photographic style.

Grocery shopping. Featuring Joe's art direction and my blurry photographic style.

Did I mention you can pair a cheese flight with your wine flight at this wine bar within a supermarket?

I should mention that there’s also a coffee bar, a bar that serves beer and an incredible food court. Speaking of the food court…

Beyond the four salad bars, there's a sandwich shop, carving station, taqueria, drive-in type diner, italian bistro and sushi bar. Just try to make a quick decision about dinner.

Beyond the four salad bars, there's a sandwich shop, carving station, taqueria, drive-in type diner, Italian bistro and sushi bar. Just try to make a quick decision about dinner.

Now do you see why it’s easy to spend hours in this place? If I had the time and the cash, I’d spend every weekend in this organic mecca. It’s like dying and going to food and beverage heaven.

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