Yup, I just got back from Chicago! The weather was beautiful, and I got a chance to walk up and down the Miracle Mile. The reflection "bean" is really cool:
I also got to visit two yarn shops -- Loopy, down on West Polk, and We'll Keep You in Stitches, up at East Oak. What a contrast in atmospheres, but both really interesting and chock full of beautiful yarns. Loopy is located off of South Michigan Avenue, in a down-to-earth neighborhood. It's huge, with two floors and multiple rooms (there was a knitting class going on downstairs), and an amazing selection of yarns. I was really tempted by the buffalo yarn, and, although a very generous hank, at $45, I decided to skip it this trip.
We'll Keep You in Stitches, on the other hand, is located off of North Michigan Avenue, in quite the upscale part of town. It's up on the fourth floor of a small building wedged in between some swanky stores. I didn't get a pic :-( It's in one small room, but a whole wall was well stocked with yarns and needlepoint supplies. Now, here I did splurge and get two French crochet and knitting booklets by Anny Blatt.
So, I had a great time, but it's always great to come home. As I heard someone say "Chicago is like New York, but the people smile."