Saturday, October 25, 2014


We took Bowie on his first roadtrip. The plan was to take Bowie to the "David Bowie Is" exhibit at Chicago's MCA. We didn't have much time (we left Thursday and returned Saturday) so it was a definite whirl wind trip. I was a bit apprehensive about how he would do during the long drive there and back but he was fantastic (mostly sleeping and playing). The spectacular fall colors also made the drive enjoyable. Overall I would call this trip a success. Day 1: we drove to Milwaukee. Here we are taking a rest stop break:

We stayed at the Milwaukee Athletic Club, which was fancier than expected. We were able to swim, steam and sauna at the hotel which was super relaxing. From the hotel we were able to walk just a block to the Milwaukee River and explore the city along the River Walk.

Perfect weather!
Unfortunately we were only in Milwaukee on a Thursday. Maybe next time?
Yes we drank beer and yes we ate cheese curds but the best part was the Safe House. I can't tell you too much but if you're ever in Milwaukee you can look for International Exports Ltd. Luckily we knew the password so we were able to enter through the bookcase and hang at the bar for awhile. It was Bowie's first time at a bar. I don't have any pictures from inside because it's top secret but essentially it's all you can imagine that a bar/restaurant for spies would be.

Outside of Safe House.
Day 2: We ordered room service and took our coffee up to the roof top of the hotel to enjoy a bird's eye view of Milwaukee before we hit the road for Chicago.

We got into Chicago in time to do some vintage shopping and enjoy lunch then it was off to the MCA. David Bowie Is. Other than paying $34 for parking it was sooooo worth the trip. The exhibit was truly amazing. We each had headphones that synced to whatever part of the exhibit you were in. There was music, lights, handwritten lyrics, costumes, movie props, live show sets, art wow everything David Bowie. We weren't able to take pictures inside the exhibit (we did sneak one...) so we mostly indulged in photographing the outside. It was the best, most interactive, engaging, exciting, interesting exhibit I've ever seen. Bowie just slept but I'm sure he experienced some of his namesake through osmosis. We are bigger Bowie fans than before that's for sure. 

Yes. Jareth's crystal ball from Labyrinth. We had to take a picture. Shh. Don't tell. 

After the exhibit we got to meet up with our hosts, the fantastic Marc and Janice. They have the cutest new apartment in Pilsen and lucky for us they were sprucing up for a housewarming party so we got to see the place in all of its glory. Marc made dinner, we drank wine and had a nice evening together. Bowie is in love with Janice. Our friend Katie stopped over and it was great to see her too! Silly me I forgot to snap a pic of Katie so you can just imagine in your head that she's a beautiful lawyer lady.

Bowie and his love Janice.
Bowie and Marc have the same hair style.

Day 3: Bowie got to "sleep in" with the big kids. We had time for brunch at Dyseks and the food there alone would have been worth the drive to Chicago. Then it was the long drive back home. Like I said, it was a whirl wind but definitely worth it. Thanks Marc and Janice for hosting us and being brave enough to have a sleep over with a new baby.

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