I was at Bead&Button for the third year in a row with some of the crew from Blue Buddha Boutique. I never cease to be amazed at how friendly so many people are. Granted, I was wearing my chainmaille jacket, so I did get a bit of attention (Jean Campbell even included me in her blog post, which was incredibly nice), however, I can say with confidence that the Bead&Button crowd is the nicest group of people you'll meet.
And, of course, no drive back to Chicago would be complete without a stop at the Mars Cheese Castle. The smoked mozzarella is divine.