after work, I drove to Chicago to meet my bestie, Rebecca and her partner, Cody. we promptly settled into the Marriott downtown and got ready to head out for dinner and drinks. we ended up at Mercadito, downstairs at a table that had been reserved for us ahead of time. it was really great being able to sit down and catch up with them since we rarely get to see each other any more. living three hours apart has put a damper on our ability to hang out in the last few years, to say the least.