Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in *Some Kitchen Stuff* | 3 Comments


6 and a half years ago Mike and I packed up our life in Philadelphia and made the move to Chicago, a city we knew very little about. We moved here for design jobs and didn’t know a single person in the entire state (probably the entire midwest actually). Next week we say goodbye to Chicago as we move back to the Philly area. We’re excited to be back on the east coast, close to family and old friends, and back where our roots are, but we owe a lot to Chicago and it’s hard to say goodbye.

Mike and I spent the majority of our time together as a couple in Chicago, we got engaged here, planned our wedding, spent the first 2 years of our marriage here and got our dog Lola here. We jumped around to a lot of different design jobs and met incredible people along the way. Judi and I met at one of those design jobs and started SKS on our lunch breaks. After 4 years of working at different design jobs, Mike and I went on our own and are now working for ourselves, and while we work way too many nights and weekends, it’s incredibly rewarding and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Chicago has given us amazing friendships and great work opportunities and we’re forever indebted to the city for that.

We’re excited for what’s next though. We bought a house, we’re moving to the suburbs, and I turn 30 next month, it’s all very strange and I officially feel like a grown up. We decided to go for professional moving services provided by Removalist Brisbane for some help on the move. We’re ready for some peace and quiet though and anxious to get the next chapter started.

Top food/drink places we’ll miss in Chicago:

1. Rangoli Indian Food
We eat here at least once a week, it’s by far my favorite food in Chicago. It the best food I’ve ever eaten actually.

2. Jeni’s Ice Cream
Free samples of the best ice cream on earth.

3. Alliance Bakery and La Colombe
La Colombe coffee mixed with an almond croissant from Alliance bakery is a delicious breakfast.

4. Mana Food Bar
Mana is a tiny vegetarian restaurant with delicious food and cocktails.

5. Violet Hour
When we want a classy cocktail I like to sit at the bar at Violet Hour and watch them make it. It’s dark and quiet inside, and the bartenders know what they’re doing.

6. The Aberdeen Tap
The Aberdeen Tap is our neighborhood spot. We’ve had many going away parties there (including our own next week), many late night dinners, afternoon drinks on the patio, and brainstorming sessions. And their fried mac & cheese squares and hushpuppies are going to be missed.



  1. Janice chase
    September 22, 2014

    Love your blog.
    I would b sorry to leave all that behind
    (You’ve made it sound so inviting).
    But it’s soo special to be near family.
    Here’s hoping the next phase of your life will be even more rewarding.
    Here’s to great memories!!
    And many years of happiness!!

    • Nicole
      September 22, 2014

      Thanks Janice! We are sad to leave, but excited for what’s to come and excited to spend more time with family 🙂

  2. Erin Bassett
    September 29, 2014

    Sad to see you go but thanks for shouting out to two of our West Side favorites in Aberdeen Tap and La Colombe! This little neighborhood really is a treat isn’t it? I’m sure we’ll miss you just as much as you miss us. Moving is always an adventure and to do it with your spouse and partner makes it all the better! Best wishes for the move and I can’t wait to read all about it!


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