Chicago So Far

The Bean at night, with people doing what people do at The Bean, as seen in Chicago's Millennium Park Sunday, June 14, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

The Bean at night, with people doing what people do at The Bean, as seen in Chicago's Millennium Park Sunday, June 14, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Maria Torres lies on the ground with other members of The Community Renewal Society as they stage a "die-in" as part of their "Faith in Action" campaign at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield Tuesday, May 12, 2015. The faith-based organization involves members from many different churches and works "to eliminate race and class barriers." (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Maria Torres lies on the ground with other members of The Community Renewal Society as they stage a "die-in" as part of their "Faith in Action" campaign at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield Tuesday, May 12, 2015. The faith-based organization involves members from many different churches and works "to eliminate race and class barriers." (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Friends and family embrace before the funeral of U.S. Marine Cpl. Sara Medina, the Aurora woman who died in a helicopter crash during an earthquake relief mission in Nepal, at St. Mary Immaculate Church in Plainfield Wednesday, June 3, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Friends and family embrace before the funeral of U.S. Marine Cpl. Sara Medina, the Aurora woman who died in a helicopter crash during an earthquake relief mission in Nepal, at St. Mary Immaculate Church in Plainfield Wednesday, June 3, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A young visitor has his photo taken with Pablo Picasso's "The Red Armchair" in the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago Tuesday, April 21, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A young visitor has his photo taken with Pablo Picasso's "The Red Armchair" in the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago Tuesday, April 21, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Destinee Oitzinger and Josh Mooi carry a large painting by artist Steve Mumford to hang in the Joe Bonham Project, a collection of drawings and paintings of severely injured soldiers in VA hospitals, at the National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago Thursday, May 21, 2015. The exhibit opened on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Destinee Oitzinger and Josh Mooi carry a large painting by artist Steve Mumford to hang in the Joe Bonham Project, a collection of drawings and paintings of severely injured soldiers in VA hospitals, at the National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago Thursday, May 21, 2015. The exhibit opened on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Lola, an inmate in the Women's Residential Program at the Cook County Jail who is pregnant with her seventh child, listens to other women talk about things they've learned about their health while incarcerated in Chicago Monday, May 18, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)  

Lola, an inmate in the Women's Residential Program at the Cook County Jail who is pregnant with her seventh child, listens to other women talk about things they've learned about their health while incarcerated in Chicago Monday, May 18, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)  

Krissy Cooper warms up before her senior violin recital at Roosevelt University in Chicago Sunday, May 3, 2015. She inherited a rare genetic disease from her mother Rebecca, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which affects connective tissues in the body that support the skin, bones, blood vessels and other organs. Cooper has struggled with painful dislocations of her knees and ankles, making it difficult to stand and play, neck and spine problems, and in addition, a range of other issues stemming from her mother's premature birth to her, but has continued to play the violin since age 4. She graduated from Roosevelt on May 9. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Krissy Cooper warms up before her senior violin recital at Roosevelt University in Chicago Sunday, May 3, 2015. She inherited a rare genetic disease from her mother Rebecca, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which affects connective tissues in the body that support the skin, bones, blood vessels and other organs. Cooper has struggled with painful dislocations of her knees and ankles, making it difficult to stand and play, neck and spine problems, and in addition, a range of other issues stemming from her mother's premature birth to her, but has continued to play the violin since age 4. She graduated from Roosevelt on May 9. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A young fan takes a selfie with Cubs' Anthony Rizzo before the Chicago Cubs game against the New York Mets at Wrigley Field in Chicago Wednesday, May 13, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A young fan takes a selfie with Cubs' Anthony Rizzo before the Chicago Cubs game against the New York Mets at Wrigley Field in Chicago Wednesday, May 13, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Two vehicles are stuck in deep water along California Avenue under the Kennedy Expressway in Chicago Monday, June 15, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Two vehicles are stuck in deep water along California Avenue under the Kennedy Expressway in Chicago Monday, June 15, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A police officer and her dog work the scene of a stabbing in the South Garden of the Art Institute of Chicago campus downtown Wednesday, June 10, 2015. A 50-year-old man was seriously injured after being stabbed in the neck and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. A person of interest was taken into custody, police said. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A police officer and her dog work the scene of a stabbing in the South Garden of the Art Institute of Chicago campus downtown Wednesday, June 10, 2015. A 50-year-old man was seriously injured after being stabbed in the neck and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. A person of interest was taken into custody, police said. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Jacqui Gossard holds a chicken at the home of her friend Fisher Katlin, left, in Northfield, as they prepare to go to New Trier High School prom Saturday, April 25, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Jacqui Gossard holds a chicken at the home of her friend Fisher Katlin, left, in Northfield, as they prepare to go to New Trier High School prom Saturday, April 25, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

O'Leary's Cow cocktail at Staytion Market & Bar inside the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel Tuesday, May 5, 2015. The O'Leary's Cow is Glenlivet 12-Year-Old Scotch, Bulleit Bourbon, Luxardo Maraschino Cherry Liqueur,  Ramazzotti Amaro and bitters, stirred and served straight up or over an ice sphere, garnished with flamed orange peel and maraschino cherry. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

O'Leary's Cow cocktail at Staytion Market & Bar inside the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel Tuesday, May 5, 2015. The O'Leary's Cow is Glenlivet 12-Year-Old Scotch, Bulleit Bourbon, Luxardo Maraschino Cherry Liqueur,  Ramazzotti Amaro and bitters, stirred and served straight up or over an ice sphere, garnished with flamed orange peel and maraschino cherry. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Scallop carpaccio is an appetizer at C Chicago modern seafood restaurant at 20 West Kinzie in downtown Chicago Tuesday, June 2, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Scallop carpaccio is an appetizer at C Chicago modern seafood restaurant at 20 West Kinzie in downtown Chicago Tuesday, June 2, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Cmdr. Brendan Deenihan kisses his daughter Claire, 3, after receiving his promotion to Commander at the Chicago Police Department ceremony in the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier in Chicago Monday, April 27, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Cmdr. Brendan Deenihan kisses his daughter Claire, 3, after receiving his promotion to Commander at the Chicago Police Department ceremony in the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier in Chicago Monday, April 27, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Vice President Terry Buckley, left, holds Scarlet, a puppy with the dog flu, as Candy Staros takes her temperature at the People's Animal Welfare Society (P.A.W.S.) of Tinley Park Thursday, April 30, 2015. 52 of 60 dogs at the shelter had dog flu symptoms on Thursday. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Vice President Terry Buckley, left, holds Scarlet, a puppy with the dog flu, as Candy Staros takes her temperature at the People's Animal Welfare Society (P.A.W.S.) of Tinley Park Thursday, April 30, 2015. 52 of 60 dogs at the shelter had dog flu symptoms on Thursday. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Paul Green, Arthur Rubloff Professor of Policy Studies and Director of the Institute for Politics at Roosevelt University and who is on the Board of Governors of the City Club of Chicago, watches Rachel Cortez, Vice President with the US Public Finance Group of Moody’s Investors Service, speak during a City of Chicago Finances panel at Maggiano's Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Moody's provides its opinion, in the form of a credit rating, on debt issued by businesses and governments and recently downgraded Chicago's debt to junk status. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Paul Green, Arthur Rubloff Professor of Policy Studies and Director of the Institute for Politics at Roosevelt University and who is on the Board of Governors of the City Club of Chicago, watches Rachel Cortez, Vice President with the US Public Finance Group of Moody’s Investors Service, speak during a City of Chicago Finances panel at Maggiano's Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Moody's provides its opinion, in the form of a credit rating, on debt issued by businesses and governments and recently downgraded Chicago's debt to junk status. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Chicago rapper Lil Durk speaks during an interview in downtown Chicago Wednesday, May 27, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Chicago rapper Lil Durk speaks during an interview in downtown Chicago Wednesday, May 27, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Workers roll out the tarp during a downpour that caused a delay of the Chicago White Sox versus Houston Astros game at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago Monday, June 8, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Workers roll out the tarp during a downpour that caused a delay of the Chicago White Sox versus Houston Astros game at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago Monday, June 8, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A rainbow appears over Wrigley Field during the third inning of the Chicago Cubs versus Washington Nationals baseball game Tuesday, May 26, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A rainbow appears over Wrigley Field during the third inning of the Chicago Cubs versus Washington Nationals baseball game Tuesday, May 26, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

The Chicago Cubs tackle teammate Addison Russell after he made a hit into the outfield, allowing Jonathan Herrera to score and win the game against the Washington Nationals 3-2 at Wrigley Field Tuesday, May 26, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

The Chicago Cubs tackle teammate Addison Russell after he made a hit into the outfield, allowing Jonathan Herrera to score and win the game against the Washington Nationals 3-2 at Wrigley Field Tuesday, May 26, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Inside the Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Inside the Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Welcome to the new incarnation of my blog! (you can check out the old one here)

I have been at the Chicago Tribune for exactly two months today and the time has absolutely flown by, yet it feels like ages ago that I drove out of Colorado on a snowy day, bound for the side of the country that I never called home until now. Here I am in Chicagoland with my kitties, a decent apartment, plethora of wonderful friends and colleagues, and an amazing job that allows me to do what I love everyday. Here's to new beginnings. Thanks for looking!