Love Jones for Chicago

Chicago

Discovering Our Love Jones for Chicago:

Nina + Darius = Love Jones.  This movie highlighted a young couple and the beautiful city of Chicago.  Renne recently took a weekend trip to Chi-town and quickly discovered the movie was right; Chicago is amazing.  From stepping to architecture and nightlife, the Windy City has plenty to offer a travel lush escaping his/her day-to-day life for a weekend of fun.

Darius and Nina molded our views about relationships, friends and the life of a young professional.  Any trip to Chicago must include visits to the lovers’ hotspots.

 

Wild Hare Reggae Club – Nina and Darius danced the night away at this spot.  The venue shut down in 2011 and reopened its doors in 2013.  They are currently working to get their amusement license, which allows them to feature live music in the club.  Don’t fret, the club is currently open and serving Caribbean cuisine, boasts a full service bar and is still jamming with Reggae music.  If you’d like to sign a petition to help the owners get their amusement license, you can sign here.

Take a stroll through Millennium Park

Grant Park – Highlighted in the opening scene of the movie, Love Jones shows us Chicago’s “front yard.” Grant Park is an urban park located in the Chicago Business District.  It is home to Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum Campus.  Stroll with your family, friends or your lover to enjoy people watching, public art and marinas.

 

Taste of Chicago – Ok, this wasn’t in the movie, but it deserves a mention.  The Taste of Chicago is the nation’s premiere outdoor food festival.  Hosted in Grant Park, this festival has pop-up restaurants, food trucks and music highlighting the city’s dining scene.  Admission is free, but some events require you to purchase a ticket in advance to attend.  See all of the events here.

Lake Shore Drive – Darius and Nina strolled through this beautiful urban parkway after a date one evening.  Lake Shore Drive is an 18-mile road flanked on the west by parks, skyscrapers and luxury apartments; to the east you’ll see the breathtaking expanse of Lake Michigan.  Make your way to the Lakefront Trail to join joggers, visitors and people watchers as you enjoy the view.

The Sanctuary Poetry Club – This list wouldn’t be complete without including the jones in our left thigh becoming the funk in our right!  The Sanctuary, with its cool vibes and intimate setting, sparked the relationship between our beloved title characters.  Unfortunately, this location is purely fictional, but Chicago does offer plenty of poetry.  Visit the Chicago Reader to find poetry hot spots and the best days to visit here.

Chicago Stepping – The outfits, the moves and R. Kelly….oh my!  Darius took Nina to a steppers club and our young, non-Chicagoan minds were opened to a whole new world.  Steppin’ was created in Chicago and has spread across America; people from all over the world flock to the city during the Chicago Summer Dance festival as the city transforms to an urban dance space.  This free event offers 44 bands at live events from June – September.  Don’t know how to step?  They offer dance lessons Thursday – Saturday so everyone can join in the fun.

Step to the left, step to the right

Spin around and bring it down tonight

Bring it on up, move in close

Let me see you and your partner stroll

 

marina

navy pier
The famous Navy Pier
pizza
You can’t visit Chicago without tasting deep dish pizza!

Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn Festival

  Do you like festivals? Unfortunately, someone actually used “do you like festivals?” as a pick up line. While visiting the Sweet Auburn festival in Atlanta, you’ll see and hear a little bit of everything. Yes, sir, we do like festivals!  We love festivals and everything they stand for.  Oversized turkey legs, funnel cakes and people

Roadtrip to Charleston, SC

Charleston Bridge

Who knew Charleston, SC was so much fun?!  We headed down to Charleston for a weekend trip and took in all this charming city had to offer.

Are you a shopaholic?  Get your fix on King Street.  Situated in the heart of downtown, King Street is a charming outdoor shopping mall.  From Brooks Brothers to Victoria Secret and everything in between, King Street has what you’re looking for.  Forbes Traveler named the King Street Fashion district one of the “10 Tope Shopping Districts in the USA”.  The Fashion District has handbags and shoes straight from the runway.

Looking for something a little older?  The King Street Antique District is the place for you.  Voted “Best antique shopping in the US” by the readers of Travel + Leisure, you can find antiques from any period and from all over the world.

Rainbow Row
Rainbow Row

Shopping is fun, but after awhile your feet start to hurt.  We hopped on a carriage ride to rest our toes and take in some history.  Charleston’s horse tours take visitors around the city and share it’s local history.   Our tour guide was amazing and shared some great information. For instance, In 1866, Charleston was struck by one of the largest earthquakes on the east coast. Buildings were rebuilt using earthquake bolts to secure them.

 

 

 

 

Rainbow Row is an area of Charleston noted for its colorful historic homes; this is on of the most photographed places in Charleston.  We owe our gratitude for this charming section of town to Dorothy Porcher Legge who was the first homeowner to paint her home a pastel pink.  Other owners followed suite creating the “rainbow” of

Rainbow Row

pastel colors present today.  Folklore provides many more reasons for the colorful homes; our favorite is that the different colors helped drunk sailors remember which houses they were bunking in.  Both versions may be true….I’m leaning towards the sailors.  Rainbow Row is lined with beautiful cobblestone streets; great to look at, hard to walk on, ladies wear your flats.  The horse navigated through the area perfectly this tour is a must.

 

It's legal!
It’s legal!

We can’t talk about visitor attractions without telling yall about the drinks!  Have you ever had moonshine?  We hadn’t either, but the stuff is delicious.  From the tub to our table this stuff is good, ok, that was a joke.  We did have a lovely flavored moonshine , if ever you have an opportunity to try some, it’s worth it and it’s legal.

Sometimes the best trip is in your own backyard.  The next time you find yourself in South Carolina, make a point to visit Charleston…it’s worth the trip!

A Wee Bit Irish

We visited Savannah for their annual St. Paddy’s Day parade.  Savannah hosts the second largest parade in America. This 3 hour parade consisted of over 350 units including several US military divisions, colleges, universities and tons of award-winning bands. You were certain to see a little bit of everything at this lively St. Patrick’s Day

A Day in Nicaragua

Ever been on a day trip?  We had the opportunity to take an impromptu day trip to Nicaragua and we got it in!  From majestic lakes to active volcanoes, Nicaragua is where you want to be.   We started our day at Lake Nicaragua, the largest lake in Central America.  This lake is a gem;