Dan and I have some exciting news, and couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate and share it than by enjoying a box of the classic, iconic food from everyone’s childhood — Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. What does mac-n-cheese have to do with our news? Dan recently accepted an awesome opportunity to work at the in-house legal department of Kraft Foods, and consequently, we are moving to Chicago!
To be more precise, we are moving to Evanston, which is a suburb north of downtown Chicago. It’s going to be a pretty huge change for us (especially for this born-raised-lived-all-her-life in Texas girl), but we are thrilled to begin this new chapter of our lives together. The opportunity came out of the blue — Dan had not been looking to leave the firm where he’s worked his entire career, and neither of us ever really considered moving to the midwest. But life is funny like that — sometimes the direction you expect it to go is unexpectedly fraught with roadblocks, forcing you to detour onto an unfamiliar route. We are absolutely confident that this new path is the right one for us, as difficult as it will be to leave cherished local friends and the law firm and colleagues who helped make Dan the successful lawyer he is today. (And don’t get me started thinking about how hard Chicago winters are going to be, or else I might just chicken out and opt for a long-distance, commuter marriage.) Moving halfway across the country is change enough, so we don’t expect much to change with respect to Foodie Laywer, other than perhaps a bit less regular posting while we’re in the process of selling our house and moving, and definitely more reviews and restaurant-related content as we eat our way through the exceptional Chicago food scene.
Does it get more American than a Chicago-style hot dog with a side of mac-n-cheese, served on Labor Day no less?? This new adventure has inspired us more than ever to count our many blessings — including being Americans, being given chances to work hard and take advantage of amazing employment opportunities, and most of all, carrying forward lifelong friend and family relationships, while at the same time becoming part of a new community and family environment just waiting to bloom. How lucky are we!
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Congrats to both of you on your new adventure! Chicago is an incredible city (albeit much colder than Dallas – you’ll befriend North Face as well as Kraft products no doubt). It is amazing how life works and brings us new opportunities that we never could have imagined. A true testament to the American, Puritanical dream that if you work hard, good things will result 🙂
I wish you both all the best and much success.
Congratulations. You guys will love Evanston and the Chicago area. Think of all the new foodie places you get to explore. Kelly, don’t worry about the winters. In the four years I lived in Evanston the coldest it got was only -75 (with wind chill). Have fun guys!!!!!
Congratulations on your new adventure together! I’m so proud of you both because you are such a good team. Love Elaine/Mom
Congrats!! Love Chicago! Those hot dogs are the best!
Congratulations! Welcome to the Midwest! Looking forward to having you two closer!!
Sound like you two have good no problem making new friends. I know Dan came from good stock and what could be with a girl from Texas.
Congratulations on your new path. The Chicago area and Kraft Foods will be fortunate indeed to have you!! Enjoy!
Congratulations! I’ve been a reader for some time now and have enjoyed your blog. We’ve made the Spooky Gumbo, Pit Beef and Olive Oil Baked Shrimp. All awesome.
Welcome to the Midwest! We’re between Milwaukee and Madison.
Fortunately, you’ll have another great horse track to visit with Arlington Park close by.
This announcement might make watching this weekend’s Bears @ Steelers game a bit more interesting for you.
Good luck with your move.
Looking forward to seeing more of the foodielawyers in Chicago!
Suggest that you follow /add this blog to your RSS feed – excellent scoop on the Chicago dining scene: