Surviving Chicago: Day Nine

Hello! Matthew here, checking on our last official day of vacation. The day started … wait for it … ON TIME! Yes, we finally woke up on time. On the very last day, we figured out how to not be bad at vacation. Typical.Anyway, we woke up on time to put the finishing touches on

Surviving Chicago: Day Eight

Val here. Bear with me as I try to knock out this second to last post of Chicago. 9:30 a.m. • Arbor We were a little confused when we first walked into this building because the coffee shop isn’t the only thing there. It looked to be the lobby to an apartment building at first,

Surviving Chicago: Day Six

9:15 a.m. • Osmium So I was pretty sure this place was called Osmium (as it says online and it’s also printed on their window), but their sign out front and their cups say Dark Matter Coffee. * Note: Matthew just told me it’s Dark Matter Coffee presents Osmium. That’s not confusing at all. Other

Surviving Chicago: Day Five

Hello, and welcome to the fifth entry of Surviving Chicago! This is Matthew, checking in from Chicago. Well, we got up late again. It was by about 30 minutes — which seems to be the magic number of tardiness for this trip. If you’ve been following along with our previous entries, you’ll remember that this

Surviving Chicago: Day Four

Hello, friends!This is Val … let’s talk about today. 8:30 a.m.• Cafe UmbriaThis place is in walking distance from our Airbnb, which was nice. It looks like they built their idea around shipping crates, with a slightly modern touch.It’s also a roaster, so Matthew was first drawn to the huge roaster in the other room.

Surviving Chicago: Day Three

Hello! This is Matthew checking in from the bustling metropolis that is Chicago. Welcome to Day Three. Today has been full … of rain drops. Thankfully, we aren’t talking deluge-level rain — more of a constant light mist, occasionally tipping into a bit more. You know the medium-low setting on your stove? Kind of like

Surviving Chicago: Day Two

Hello all, this is Val. I’ve decided to take a little different approach for my posts this trip … mainly to avoid the hassle that is transitions. I don’t like to think that hard this late at night. My posts will be written as they’re happening. Hopefully this helps me remember what I enjoyed about

Surviving Chicago: Day One

Welcome to another adventure with the Pearons!
 Matthew here, and I’ll be your guide for Day One. If you’ve followed along with us before, you know the drill. If you’re new here, I’ll give you a quick rundown. We love to travel — be it across the country or across the globe, we’re ready to