Visiting Chicago’s Suburbs

Visiting Chicago’s Suburbs

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Summer Roadtrip 2011

I had the good fortune of segueing a Chicago area conference into a vacation up the coast of Lake Michigan. I loved the coast from Ludington to Traverse City and hope to take my boys back next summer.

The trip began at the Infusionsoft Customer Tour in Lombard, Illinois. Infusionsoft has put together a knowledgeable team to help small businesses automate their marketing. If I had a do over I’d sit in on their advanced sessions, but it was my first workshop with them and I wanted to make sure I had the basics covered.

Creamy spinach and artichoke dip served with flax crackersAfterwards, I spent the evening with Amy Kazor, who introduced me to a wonderful restaurant in Downers Grove called Borrowed Earth Cafe. The food was delicious and my first experience at a raw food restaurant. Most (not all) of their food is gluten free as well. I’ve always eaten healthy but lately I’ve changed my diet to include more raw foods and for the first time in my life I can imagine a diet without meat. The Borrowed Earth menu was a fantastic introduction to the many raw possibilities. The owners were a treat to chat with and their culinary endeavors began with a raw food Meetup group and a Secret inspired manifestation. Stuffed pepper with 3 side salads

As we sat on the patio of the restaurant I marveled at the train traffic through the town’s core. It’s not often I see trains and people in such close quarters anymore. After dinner we then wandered around appreciating the charm of Downers Grove which was teeming with pedestrian traffic viewing the extensive car show.

Amy & I at the Cellar Door

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