Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Chicago Meetup This Sunday!

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There’s a meetup in Chicago planned for this Sunday, Sept. 14, at Portillos. (The photo above is from one of the very first Chicago meetups, and at least one or two of the same people promise to be at this week’s meetup, so go and meet these pretty ladies). “Lurkers coming out of the woodwork” have been specifically requested.

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  • Addie Pray

    Addie Pray September 11, 2014, 3:02 pm

    AWWW, THE MEMORIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Lurkers, come! Regulars? Ok, you can come too.

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    • Addie Pray

      Addie Pray September 11, 2014, 3:05 pm

      (ps, thanks, Wendy)

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      • MaterialsGirl

        MaterialsGirl September 11, 2014, 3:11 pm

        yeah isn’t that when LadyinPurplenotRed was still in Chicago, too? Have you heard from Jilliez lately?

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      • LadyinPurpleNotRed

        LadyinPurpleNotRed September 11, 2014, 5:42 pm

        I was in Chicago still! I miss it so much!

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  • Addie Pray

    Addie Pray September 11, 2014, 3:08 pm

    So who’s coming?

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    • Addie Pray

      Addie Pray September 11, 2014, 3:08 pm

      I’m coming!

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray September 11, 2014, 3:08 pm

        oh hey me too

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      • MaterialsGirl

        MaterialsGirl September 11, 2014, 3:11 pm

        me three

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      • Amanda

        Amanda September 11, 2014, 3:20 pm

        And me!

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        ktfran September 11, 2014, 3:38 pm

        Me five.

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    • honeybeenicki

      honeybeenicki September 11, 2014, 3:17 pm

      I think the Chicago meet-up should make a field trip to WI to see me 🙂 And maybe we can get AliceInDairyland to take time out too.

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      • MaterialsGirl

        MaterialsGirl September 11, 2014, 3:20 pm

        can we go to Mars Cheese Castle?

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      • Portia

        Portia September 11, 2014, 5:12 pm

        Mars Cheese Castle FTW!

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        Berrribabe September 12, 2014, 9:27 am

        The Cheese Castle has a bar & recently named “best grilled cheese” on yahoo.

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray September 12, 2014, 9:55 am

        …. and does that mean Berrribabe, you’re coming to our meetup too? yes? yay!

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    • Astronomer

      Astronomer September 11, 2014, 7:31 pm

      I can’t promise to be a “pretty lady,” but I will show up!

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray September 12, 2014, 9:55 am

        i can promise you that everyone will be lovely!

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      • kmtthat

        kmentothat September 12, 2014, 10:11 am

        BLASPHEMY

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    • kmtthat

      kmentothat September 12, 2014, 10:12 am

      Me, obviously.

      Man I’m OVER this early Fall weather situation…

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        ktfran September 12, 2014, 10:52 am

        Don’t even get me started. I refuse to wear boots yet. Simply refuse.

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray September 12, 2014, 10:54 am

        oh my god, i woke up so happy! the fresh, cool, crisp air! the sweater i got to pull out today! yay for fall!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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        ktfran September 12, 2014, 10:58 am

        Boo. I love fall. Just not so soon. Like, can’t it wait until November 1st?

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray September 12, 2014, 11:04 am

        over all i’m just really happy with chicago. we had a cool summer and fall is coming NOW. i’m a happy camper.

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        ktfran September 12, 2014, 11:07 am

        Gross. I no longer like you. I kid, I kid. Have you figured out the Pedway yet? We can tour together. I walked it this morning to get Pret for breakfast.

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    ktfran September 11, 2014, 3:11 pm

    Am I considered a regular? So, should I not show?

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    • Addie Pray

      Addie Pray September 11, 2014, 3:23 pm

      yes *you are!) and no (you should NOT not show)

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  • Copa

    Copa September 11, 2014, 10:13 pm

    Am I allowed to come? I’ve slunk back into lurker-dom since last fall, but I just moved to Chicago a handful of weeks ago and would love to meet you guys! Now that the bulk of my unpacking and moving-related errands are winding down, it’s really hitting me that I’m all alone in a new city. 🙁

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    • Addie Pray

      Addie Pray September 11, 2014, 11:31 pm

      Y E S
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      I think this may be the biggest chi meet up yet!!! Everybody come!

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    • Astronomer

      Astronomer September 12, 2014, 12:39 am

      What? Totally come!!! If I remember correctly, you lived in the same area in Michigan as I did. I moved from there to Chicago 8ish years ago. (Am I remembering correctly?)

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      • Copa

        Copa September 13, 2014, 11:44 am

        Yes, Just moved from (southeast) Michigan in mid-July! But, I think there was another DW-er who moved to Chicago from Michigan within the past year, and she was ready to move home because she hated it here, and that’s not me. (Yet? Heh.)
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        In any case, I’m coming! Excited to meet you all!

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    • kmtthat

      kmentothat September 12, 2014, 10:11 am

      I was totally alone in Chicago a year and half ago and went to a DW meetup feeling like a weirdo trying to make friends haha. Everyone is really awesome! We would love to meet you.

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray September 12, 2014, 10:15 am

        aw, i remember that day in the park! and randomly, that morning was the last time i had sex with my ex boyfriend. i just remember that b/c he took me to trader joe’s to pick up some pita bread and then he dropped me back off at the meetup and as things would have it we have never seen each other since. and starting now i’m going to try really hard to not remember these things! and to stop over-sharing.

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray September 12, 2014, 10:16 am

        (lurkers who come: don’t worry, you won’t be required to share your deep dark secrets or anything like that; we are a welcoming and not-too-imposing bunch. right?)

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      • kmtthat

        kmentothat September 12, 2014, 10:20 am

        But yeah secrets get out… I blame the red wine 🙂

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        ktfran September 12, 2014, 10:26 am

        AP doesn’t ask people to spill at all. Never. Ever.

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray September 12, 2014, 10:31 am

        Never. That would be so uncouth.

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      • MaterialsGirl

        MaterialsGirl September 12, 2014, 11:02 am

        Nothing wrong with a gaggle of “yoga friends.”

        Speaking of yoga: c’mon AP: we gotta get our asses in gear

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      • Copa

        Copa September 13, 2014, 11:51 am

        Haha. I’m glad I won’t be the first weirdo to show up to a DW meetup hoping to make friends. 😉 After a year and a half, are you happy in Chicago? With friends? I was so pumped for my first handful of weeks here, but was so busy with moving, unpacking, and errands, that I didn’t have time to really stop to think, “Hey! I’m all alone! And it’s kinda lonely!” until pretty recently. And now I vacillate between, “Give it time, you’ll make friends eventually!” and “OMG, the city is so big and there are so many people and nobody wants to be your frand.” I went on a first date on Thursday and even though it was perfectly fine (no fireworks, but not a bad date), it made me feel REALLY lonely for some reason and I cried on the bus on the way home. Ha.
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        That said, it’ll be fun/weird meeting a bunch of people who I used to over-share to (like about how I cry on the CTA) and have cried to about super petty problems, breakups, exes.

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray September 13, 2014, 3:58 pm

        Ah, I know the feeling! I went out with one of MG’s friends once… on the second date I cried quietly on the way home because it was SUCH a bad date that i thought “man, there is NO ONE out there for me – and the ones that are out there for me are NOT GOOD DATERS!” Haha.

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    ktfran September 12, 2014, 9:32 am

    Oh my god, we’re going to have a bazillion people. Yay!

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    • Addie Pray

      Addie Pray September 12, 2014, 9:55 am

      it’s gonna be epic!

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    ktfran September 12, 2014, 9:59 am

    Well done, AP. Well done.

    We’re going to Portillo’s on Monroe, right?

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    • Addie Pray

      Addie Pray September 12, 2014, 10:03 am

      There’s a Portillo’s on Monroe? I’m only aware of the one in River north

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    • MaterialsGirl

      MaterialsGirl September 12, 2014, 10:04 am

      I thought the only Portillos was on Ontario?

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    • Addie Pray

      Addie Pray September 12, 2014, 10:04 am

      This is the one I put down in the meetup forum: 100 W. Ontario

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    ktfran September 12, 2014, 10:06 am

    Oh, that’s it. I’m not sure why I had Monroe in my head. I think there was another event I was interested in this weekend on Monroe. I beer event I believe.

    SORRY!

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    • Addie Pray

      Addie Pray September 12, 2014, 10:08 am

      how dare you misspeak. watch yo self.

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        ktfran September 12, 2014, 10:10 am

        Right? I’m such an ass hole. I didn’t even go out last night so there is no excuse. NONE.

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    Nico September 12, 2014, 10:35 am

    PORTILLOS!!!!

    We should meet before we get in line? It might be busy, it might not be? We should be able to find like a big table upstairs!!!

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    • Addie Pray

      Addie Pray September 12, 2014, 10:55 am

      With all the new lurkers coming out, i’ll be sure to bring a cut out of Wendy’s pretty face to plant on the table. So lurkers can find us.

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        ktfran September 12, 2014, 11:00 am

        Wait, I like the idea of gathering outside or something then going in. No? How does this work?
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        I’m thinking I should go shoe shopping at Nordstrom’s either before or after our gathering.

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      • MaterialsGirl

        MaterialsGirl September 12, 2014, 11:07 am

        or we can all go to sephora.. not that i need to spend any more on makeup, but i do want that YSL concealer

        also, i just bought the Dior airbrush makeup. HOLY AMAZEBALLS

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        ktfran September 12, 2014, 11:08 am

        Ooh, I actually need to go there this weekend too. I need a new clarisonic brush. And Keihl’s. We should totally make a day out of it.

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        ktfran September 12, 2014, 11:09 am

        Also, are you talking about the undereye concealer? I desperately want to try it, but don’t want to spend the dough.

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      • MaterialsGirl

        MaterialsGirl September 12, 2014, 11:11 am

        yuuuup that’s the one I’m talking about! Do you need a new brush or do you need the replacement heads? i need some replacement ones too ( i think.. i gotta check my stash). I actually JUST went to kiehls to get the midnight recovery and more of the Ultra Face cream, although i’m all out of my eye cream..shit i just spoke and spent like $200

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        ktfran September 12, 2014, 11:15 am

        Hahaha. Right? And everything runs out at once, I’ve noticed. I need the the same face cream as you. I’m just about out. I use their avocado eye cream. Just the replacement heads. I think I’m going on nearly six months. Eek! I need a new one. I huge pimple on my cheek just popped up, which prompted this need to buy one stat thing.
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        Our skin care regimen is scary similar.

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      • MaterialsGirl

        MaterialsGirl September 12, 2014, 11:39 am

        Right? I did like the samples of the avocado eye cream and it’s cheaper than the other stuff. I was using the brown/red eye and face cream, then switched the purple kind.. and summer etc I just use the cheap(er) one. Will probably have to get the purple one again come january. The midnight recovery is like the most amazing thing in the world and I kid you not, i only use some random olay night cream over it.
        What cleanser do you use? I’ve been really happy with the Neutrogena ultra gentle foaming.

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        ktfran September 12, 2014, 3:25 pm

        Right now, I’m using the Keihl’s cleanser too, but should switch. You like the Nuetrogena one?

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      • MaterialsGirl

        MaterialsGirl September 12, 2014, 5:26 pm

        yup, i love it. we’ll chat more sunday about beauty stuff 🙂 (but you HAVE to get the foaming one.. not the creamy one.. doesn’t quite work the same)

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      • Amanda

        Amanda September 12, 2014, 11:10 am

        I like that idea too! I’m coming in on the train, and would like to at least meet up with somebody before wandering around looking lost inside Portillo’s.

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        ktfran September 12, 2014, 11:16 am

        I could meet up beforehand. I really do need to run some errands around the loop and I don’t think I’ll get a chance today.

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      • Amanda

        Amanda September 12, 2014, 11:26 am

        Thanks! I’ve been down a bunch with friends and family and all. But this is the first time going into Chicago by myself so I’m a little nervous (which is DUMB, I know).

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        ktfran September 12, 2014, 11:32 am

        Was AP going to meet up with you? Let’s figure this out….

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      • Amanda

        Amanda September 12, 2014, 11:46 am

        I know there was some discussion on the forums. But I didn’t want to assume anything was set in stone since it’s been a few days (and, personally, things change daily for me).

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray September 12, 2014, 2:14 pm

        Yes i can meet early too and we can all walk over…. Um, where/when? Let’s meet at 12:30 … somewhere. There’s a Starbucks on Monroe between Canal and the river…. We could meet there at 12:30 and walk over to Portillo’s.

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray September 13, 2014, 4:01 pm

        so i’m pretty sure now that that starbucks will be closed … whoops… but that’s ok, there’s a nice outdoor patio there and it’s right on the river so it’ll be an easy spot to meet. i’ll see casey and amanda there at 12:30 on sunday! (and ktfran too?) i’m the dweeb third from the right in the pic holding wendy’s purdy face on a stick. i’m not that tan anymore. i can’t remember why i was so tan in that pic – i think i had just gotten back from either mexico or a cruise.

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        Casey September 13, 2014, 5:12 pm

        So are we meeting at the starbucks that might be closed, or the portillos? I just checked again and my train comes in at 11:47, so I’ll have plenty of time to kill.

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray September 13, 2014, 5:25 pm

        Oh if you have 1 hour and 15 minutes to kill, you’re not going to want to hang around waiting to meet at that Starbucks. That starbucks is by the train stations and dead on the weekends. So feel free to venture into the loop and river north and meet directly at Portillo’s. Or if you prefer I meet you early, I can too – just let me know what you prefer!

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        Casey September 13, 2014, 6:05 pm

        In that case, I’ll wander around and entertain myself. There’s a fancy chocolate shop in the mall on Michigan that I may have to visit.

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      • Amanda

        Amanda September 13, 2014, 9:25 pm

        I’m still planning on meeting there! My train gets in right at noon, so I figure by the time I get out of the station and walk there and all, I may be just a little early (but I can just read a book or something).

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray September 13, 2014, 10:57 pm

        Ok I’ll still meet too there Amanda. 12:30 or a few before

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        Casey September 12, 2014, 2:07 pm

        Amanda, I’ll be coming in at Union Station too, around noon. I would meet up somewhere before Portillos as I don’t know the area well.

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      • Amanda

        Amanda September 12, 2014, 2:37 pm

        What train line are you on?

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    Casey September 12, 2014, 2:44 pm

    The BNSF line, coming in from Naperville. What about you?

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    • Amanda

      Amanda September 12, 2014, 2:51 pm

      Probably Milwaukee District West, leaving from Schaumburg, but I was also thinking Union Pacific West in Wheaton (I live pretty much smack dab between the two) but it comes in at Oglivie.

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray September 12, 2014, 3:15 pm

        The starbucks I mentioned at Monroe and b/w Canal and the river is a block from both Oglivie and Union Station. Let’s all meet there at 12:30 to walk over to Portillo’s. …. Cool?

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      • Amanda

        Amanda September 12, 2014, 3:30 pm

        Sounds good to me!
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        Casey – either line I take will get me in before 12:30. We can meet up at Starbucks earlier if you want!

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        Casey September 12, 2014, 3:31 pm

        That sounds like a plan,

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