Hey all! Time for more memories from our visit to see family and friends in Illinois this year. You can check out part one right here.

First and foremost, new shoes! Wooooooo! 🙂 Better weather finally arrived, so I had to up my game.

Illinois by Jets Like Taxis

Ang and I also had to get our nails done to continue the freshness.

Illinois by Jets Like Taxis

We went out for barbecue with Ben (brother-in-law) and Grace (niece) as well. While the food at Kinfork was pretty damn good, I do have to question their design choice of bug wallpaper in the bathroom. Probably not the best thing for a restaurant…

Kinfork BBQ in Schaumburg, IL by Jets Like Taxis

The food was better than that, fortunately!

Kinfork BBQ in Schaumburg, IL by Jets Like Taxis

Kinfork BBQ in Schaumburg, IL by Jets Like Taxis

Kinfork BBQ in Schaumburg, IL by Jets Like Taxis

Kinfork BBQ in Schaumburg, IL by Jets Like Taxis

Ang also made cookies for everyone. Yummers!

Palatine, IL by Jets Like Taxis

Found a dog in Starbucks…

Palatine, IL by Jets Like Taxis

Went out to meet up with our buddy, Joel, and checked out Dry City Brew Works in Wheaton, IL. Love what Oliver and the gang are doing here!

Dry City Brew Works in Wheaton, IL by Jets Like Taxis / Hopsmash

Dry City Brew Works in Wheaton, IL by Jets Like Taxis / Hopsmash

Do the taco (and enchilada) dance! Mexico Uno in Palatine, IL.

Mexico Uno in Palatine, IL by Jets Like Taxis

Cookies & Beer event at Tap House in Palatine, IL. Got swervy with stouts and other beers paired with Girl Scout cookies. Deadly!

Tap House in Palatine, IL by Jets Like Taxis / Hopsmash

Good-time hangs with Heidi and Ben, also at Tap House.

Tap House in Palatine, IL by Jets Like Taxis / Hopsmash

My godbrother, Rich, also came to town on business, so we got to have lunch in downtown Chicago and hang for a couple hours. Lao Sze Chuan is still pretty good, but not nearly as bomb as it used to be.

Lao Sze Chuan in Chicago, IL by Jets Like Taxis

Lao Sze Chuan in Chicago, IL by Jets Like Taxis

Lao Sze Chuan in Chicago, IL by Jets Like Taxis

Lao Sze Chuan in Chicago, IL by Jets Like Taxis

More food, as is normal…Ang made Korean BBQ for the fam. So. Many. Drools.

Koren BBQ by Jets Like Taxis

Bentley, just hangin’ out.

Bentley the Dog by Jets Like Taxis

Chill time in the sunny cold with Ben in Wauconda, IL.

Wauconda, IL by Jets Like Taxis / Hopsmash

Post-softball hangs at Side Lot Brewery in Wauconda, IL.

Side Lot Brewery in Wauconda, IL by Jets Like Taxis / Hopsmash

Side Lot Brewery in Wauconda, IL by Jets Like Taxis / Hopsmash

Side Lot Brewery in Wauconda, IL by Jets Like Taxis / Hopsmash

Ang and I also went to Buffalo Creek Brewing in Long Grove, IL, to see what their brewed up treats were all about.

Buffalo Creek Brewing in Long Grove, IL by Jets Like Taxis / Hopsmash

Buffalo Creek Brewing in Long Grove, IL by Jets Like Taxis / Hopsmash

Me and Big Poppa, chillin’.

Jets Like Taxis in Huntley, IL

A fantastic, Happy Birthday to Mom! That’s one great lady.

Jets Like Taxis in Palatine, IL

Jets Like Taxis in Lake Barrington, IL

Not only did the lovely lady have a birthday, but Mother’s Day was in effect as well. Shout out to all the dope moms out there!

Jets Like Taxis in Palatine, IL

Jets Like Taxis in Palatine, IL

Jets Like Taxis in Palatine, IL

Back at the brewery…ha. This time, we hit up Roaring Table Brewing Co. for the first time. They’re killing it up in Lake Zurich, IL. Shouts to Beth, Lane, and the whole gang over there.

Roaring Table Brewing Co. in Lake Zurich, IL by Jets Like Taxis / Hopsmash

Roaring Table Brewing Co. in Lake Zurich, IL by Jets Like Taxis / Hopsmash

Roaring Table Brewing Co. in Lake Zurich, IL by Jets Like Taxis / Hopsmash

Found some of my old cassette tapes in storage. I clearly removed all the best ones as this lineup is rather…yeahhhhh.

Cassette Tapes by Jets Like Taxis

I may or may not have rocked that Lionel Richie tape on our way to More Brewing Co. in Lombard, IL, to meet up with our buddies Joel, Julie, and their fam. A big reunion of love! And beer! And food!

More Brewing Co. in Villa Park, IL by Jets Like Taxis / Hopsmash

More Brewing Co. in Villa Park, IL by Jets Like Taxis / Hopsmash

More Brewing Co. in Villa Park, IL by Jets Like Taxis / Hopsmash

More Brewing Co. in Villa Park, IL by Jets Like Taxis / Hopsmash

The rain scares Bentley. Poor guy.

Bentley the Dog in Palatine, IL by Jets Like Taxis

Ben made ribs. Life was good.

Jets Like Taxis in Palatine, IL

Bentley, you’ve got something on your face there. Just FYI.

Bentley the Dog in Palatine, IL by Jets Like Taxis

Met up with our buddy, Pedi, for some awesome-tastic ramen at Misoya in Mt. Prospect, IL.

Ramen Misoya in Mt. Prospect, IL by Jets Like Taxis

Ramen Misoya in Mt. Prospect, IL by Jets Like Taxis

One of our niece’s softball games was cancelled due to rain, so we, along with Ben and Heidi, decided to do the Right Thing™ by hitting up Tighthead Brewing Co. in Mundelein, IL, for the first time. Big thanks to Stephanie for the good times!

Tighthead Brewing Co. in Mundelein, IL by Jets Like Taxis / Hopsmash

Tighthead Brewing Co. in Mundelein, IL by Jets Like Taxis / Hopsmash

After all that, we had to go eat! We hit up Maya’s Restaurant, also in Mundelein, for some Mexican food.

Maya's Restaurant in Mundelein, IL by Jets Like Taxis

Maya's Restaurant in Mundelein, IL by Jets Like Taxis

The restaurant was next door to La Luz Bakery, so naturally, we just had to go there. Support your local panadería! 🙂

La Luz Bakery in Mundelein, IL by Jets Like Taxis

George and Martha, the ducks who hang out in Ben and Heidi’s yard, apparently weren’t getting along on this day.

Palatine, IL by Jets Like Taxis

Bentley’s not terribly fond of his new ‘do.

Palatine, IL by Jets Like Taxis

And Louis didn’t really appreciate wearing Bentley’s toys.

Palatine, IL by Jets Like Taxis

Better.

Palatine, IL by Jets Like Taxis

The Hopsmash boys stocking up at Noon Whistle Brewing Co. in Lombard, IL.

Noon Whistle Brewing Co. in Lombard, IL by Jets Like Taxis / Hopsmash

Pretty flowers doing pretty things.

Palatine, IL by Jets Like Taxis

Doggy.

Palatine, IL by Jets Like Taxis

A swing through the Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora, IL, for some beer and food. Thanks, Noy!

Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora, IL by Jets Like Taxis / Hopsmash

Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora, IL by Jets Like Taxis / Hopsmash

Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora, IL by Jets Like Taxis / Hopsmash

Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora, IL by Jets Like Taxis / Hopsmash

Cool lights…

Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora, IL by Jets Like Taxis / Hopsmash

Last call with Joel and Julie!

Hopsmash & Jets Like Taxis in Yorkville, IL

And that’s that! Lots of food and drink and not a whole lot else as we were just hanging out with family and friends. Cheers to good times!

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A very special thanks to everyone at all of these establishments for their delicious food, drink, and amazing hospitality. An extra-special thanks to Ben, Heidi, Grace, Mom, and Dad. Always great times!

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