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IKEA, French Market & Connie's Pizza
December 14, 2013


I had never been to an IKEA store and had no idea what was in store for me.  There are enough ideas and displays to make you want to redecorate your entire home.

We ventured out on a very cold and snowy morning.  The Toll Road conditions were fabulous.....they had been perfectly plowed.  And we found that the Chicago area didn't have as much snow as we had overnight, even though it did look pretty ugly upon our arrival.

We walked through the front doors and this lovely display greeted us.  Almost the entire store is set up in this manner and is priced individually, as well as a group price for all furniture in each display.  As you can see, all of the furniture, including the tables, cabinets, etc. have a price tag of $599.00.  What a deal!  The catch is that it is all broken down and you have to assemble.  Still a deal!

We hopped on the first escalator.  At the top was a table with bathroom/kitchen rugs.  After I looked them over and put one in my basket, I knew I was headed for trouble. 

I loved this kitchen faucet.  No, that did not go in my cart.

Darling kids' kitchen set.

$6.99 for these Christmas lanterns.

And what a nice cafe.  Everyone said their food was good.

I was totally amused by their escalators for carts.

My treasures after check-out.

After loading the bus and boarding, we headed to the Chicago French Market downtown - a very unique and eclectic market.

  The young lady in the Delightful Pastries booth was from South Bend.

Superior Nut & Candy, a very familiar name on one of our twice a year trips, had a booth there.

With everyone starving, we headed just a few miles to Connie's Pizza for dinner.  Great food, great service, and great hospitality.

It was time to head home with the biggest job ahead of us - unpacking all of our "stuff".