In addition to time with family, another goal of our time in Chicago was to revisit old haunts, reminisce and reconnect with friends.
So, on the morning of our second day, we took the El north out of downtown and got off at the newly refurbished Addison stop on the Brown Line.
This was the stop that took us to our last Chicago home, the first home we shared together.
Our neighborhood, St. Ben's is just north of another charming one with much character, Roscoe Village. It was in Roscoe Village, at a coffee shop called MoJo's, that we met up with our friends, Cas and Malcolm.
It was great fun to catch up. Cas introduced us to the idea of ordering steamed milk with vanilla. Yum.
Malcolm was in Sam's third grade class but I think we first met them through the Boys & Girls Club. Cass was just finishing her master's from the Jane Addams College of Social Work. I was trying to transition into more meaningful work. She has always encouraged me in that area.
I was intrigued to hear about her first full year of work in the field and share my experiences with CASA. Cam told about his new gig.
Malcolm and Sam played cards and exchanged stories about what fourth grade had been like, their fifth grade classes, friends, teachers, video games, train rides, movies, etc.
This Flickr set has a few more pictures of our time at MoJo's with Cas & Mal. We are happy they came out to see us and are thankful they are our friends.