The Weekend Chronicles: Part 2

Another weekend and another edition of The Weekend Chronicles! For those of you who missed The Weekend Chronicles: Part 1, it is a weekly series that details all the crazy and exciting things that happened over the weekend. This weekend much like last was filled with great food, even better people, awesome entertainment and even some time to recoup as well as plan for the week ahead.

Rock Bottom - 2:00 AM Burger
Rock Bottom – 2:00 AM Burger

The weekend started off with me getting out of work 30 minutes early which might not seem like a lot of time but in reality is a lifetime considering that I commute from the city to the suburbs each day. It allowed me to get home while the sun was still up which is becoming a rarer feat with each passing day. As I pulled up to my house I was greeted by my mom who had just a few minutes earlier texted me to let me know that we would be heading to Rock Bottom, a restaurant and brewery, for a celebration for my cousin who had recently accepted a job as a nurse after graduating in May. Now I don’t know about you but any time that someone offers to take me out to dinner, I am going to say yes. A wise man once said, “If it’s free, it’s for me.”

Now this was my first experience at Rock Bottom but I had heard many great things about it so I was excited and believe me it did not disappoint. To start off the parking lot was packed which made me a little nervous but much to my surprise we were seated within minutes. This was followed by fairly decent service and one of the best burgers that I’ve had in a while. After changing my mind for what seemed like the millionth time I decide to go with the 2:00 AM Burger which was comprised of crispy hash browns, American cheese, hickory bacon and a fried egg all on top of a handcraft signature burger that was fresh, never frozen, 100% certified angus beef, seasoned and cooked to my liking and served on a toasted bun. You get the idea! Now for $10.95 it’s not necessarily cheap but it was well worth it (I say this even though I didn’t end up paying). In addition, I also managed to sneak a bite of my mom’s burger which was the Maker’s Mark Bourbonzola which consisted of a Maker’s Mark bourbon glaze, gorgonzola cheese and crispy onions all on top of the same handcrafted burger and lodged between two delicious buns. I hope for my taste buds sake that this trend of eating some new and delicious food every weekend continues. Although I didn’t have the opportunity to try any of them, Rock Bottom also has an excellent selection of hand crafted beers. When it comes to Rock Bottom, I give it a 3.5 out of 5 sporks.

This Saturday, much like last, was an early one. I had signed up to volunteer at Farm Aid 30, a concert dedicated to great music, supporting farmers, and strengthening America for the past 30 years, and I had to be in the city by 10:00 AM for a mandatory volunteer meeting. Now if you’ve ever taken the train on the weekend you know just how inconvenient the schedule is so it was either get to the city extremely early or right on time. I chose to do the responsible thing and arrive an hour before I was required to show up. This actually turned out to be the more favorable option because it allowed me to take my time and walk to the event while taking in the beautiful city of Chicago and saving money by not having to hail a taxi. During my walk  I even got the chance to watch thousands of athletes compete in the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final that just so happened to be taking place in Chicago this past weekend and it was truly a sight to see.

Farm Aid 30
Farm Aid 30

My volunteer slot was from 11:30-4:00 PM which was awesome because none of the performers I wanted to see came on until later on in the day. As a volunteer I was on the Green Team which meant that I would be helping separate garbage, recycling and compost in an effort to help Farm Aid strive to produce as little waste as possible. It was a unique experience in the sense that I had never really been exposed to composting and learned a lot in terms of what exactly can be composted. The concert itself was great with performances from the likes of Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews Band, Imagine Dragons and Jack Johnson just to name a few. Finally, the night was capped off with a much needed trip to Chipotle and a train ride back to the suburbs. If you aren’t from the city it might be helpful to know that Chipotle closes early on weekends and as always remember to treat those who prepare your food with respect as you will sometimes be rewarded tenfold with extra food.

Hollywood Palms in Naperville
Hollywood Palms in Naperville

Sunday was a laid back day filled with pizza, movies and some much needed sleep. If that’s not the right way to recover from a long weekend than I’m not sure what is. The movie that I had the opportunity to see was, Inside Out, which was about a young girl who was going through the process of moving to a different state. The movie was from the viewpoint of her emotions and how they went about best navigating such a big change in her life. I’m going to be honest at first I was a little hesitant about the choice in movie but once it was over I was happy that I saw it. It really made you realize the roles that each emotions plays in your life and how they can effect one another. I also just so happened to see the movie at Hollywood Palms in Naperville which is a one-of-a-kind dine-in theater. If you haven’t experienced a movie this way yet I highly suggest doing so.

With all that being said, it’s been great having you along for my journey thus far and I hope that you will continue to follow as it carries on. Stay tuned for next week’s edition to see what crazy and exciting things happen this upcoming weekend. Also, if you haven’t already be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Until next time!

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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