It’s very rare that I have a whole Sunday to myself. I work part-time at a bar in Wicker Park and when I usually have the day off it is because something was well planned in advance. Last week a co-worker from the bar asked if she could work this Sunday for me. Since it is the holidays and folks could use extra cash and since I have another full-time job and could use a day off, I said yes!
To start the day off Caity and I went to Renegade Craft Fair. Renegade Craft Fair is the world’s premier network of events serving the DIY craft community. It is the largest and most far-reaching with 14 annual events in Chicago, IL; New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Austin, TX; Portland, OR and London, UK. Hundreds of thousands of people attend annually and hundreds of craft-based businesses have been launched successfully out of the fairs. Renegade started in Chicago and there are about 2-3 markets every year in the city. I have been wanting to attend one of the markets for almost two years now and every single time it has been in Chicago I’ve had a wedding, or had to work at the bar, or a prior engagement, so I was really excited when the timing finally worked with my schedule.
The holiday market was held at Bridgeport Art Center and showcased over 200 talent makers–ranging from holiday inspired stationery and gift wrap, unique and one-of-a-kind jewelry, children’s toys, apparel and shoes, to natural beauty products, furniture, housewares and much more! It was perfect for me to potentially get some holiday shopping done (I didn’t. I only shopped for myself!). At first it was a bit overwhelming with so many people and vendors. I feel like we didn’t even get a chance to look at everything. After a couple of hours of roaming around I bought:
Although we felt completely overwhelmed when we first arrived , by the time we left we felt inspired and thinking of a creative outlet we can share.
Shopping really made me work up an appetite. I was craving fried chicken after passing a Popeye’s but decided on Leghorn Chicken. Leghorn Chicken has two locations in Ukrainian Village and River North.They serve fried chicken sandwiches that are either pickle brine or Nashville hot on a bun or biscuit. Nashville hot fried chicken is MY FAVE. I had it for the first time last May, when Caity and I took a weekend trip to Nashville. We went to the iconic Hattie B’s Chicken and I haven’t had chicken that tasted so good in my life. Don’t kill me now, but it is even better than Harold’s (I have a couple friends from Chicago who agree). Anyways, the point is I want Nashville Hot Chicken all the time and Leghorn does a pretty good imitation. I ordered the sandwich on a buttermilk biscuit because I’m like Paula Deen and looooooove butter.
The sandwich was really good! Better than the last time I remember eating it. I literally inhaled it within 10 minutes and remember looking at my last two bites like, “I don’t want this to end.” It did though so now I have to wait another week or so until I crave chicken again for that delicious sandwich.
After Leghorn, I decided I needed to rub my belly and sit on the couch. After about an hour of browsing Netflix titles I came across a movie called, In a World, a dark and heartfelt comedy about a struggling vocal coach, Carol Solomon, who strikes it big in the cutthroat world of movie trailer voice-overs. The role she is auditioning for is the biggest cinematic event of the decade and in an industry that is heavily dominated by men. However, in the midst of prepping for the role she finds herself in direct competition with the industry’s reigning king, her father! *dun dun dun* I won’t spoil the ending, but it was a good movie to watch and learn about another side of Hollywood.
Overall, a great Sunday! I had a few other activities planned, but opted for some well deserved rest!
Ariel & Caity