The Tourists

Personal, Travels, Writing

Day three in Chicago started off with Starbucks because I was so tired, I could barely move.

Since we weren’t really on a time schedule we decided to go to an art store while we waited for the line at The Art Institute Of Chicago to go away. Eventually the initial rush of museum goers calmed down and we took on the feat of  seeing everything. My initial goal of getting some Ferris Bueller-esque  pictures was thwarted by the amount of people in the museum. My mom managed to snap a few pictures of me while I was looking at the art.

This museum was GIANT and I feel like we barely saw anything even though we actually saw a lot. My favorite wing was the contemporary wing because it had Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein which are my two favorite artists. In Chicago it seems like all the tourist attractions just bleed into each other. The exit from the Art Institute leads to Millennium park and that leads to Grant Park and so on and so forth.

In Millennium Park I saw Cloud Gate and did not get cancer (yet). I also forced my mom to eat a Chicago hot dog for me. She said it was good.

We walked to Grant Park and then went on the lakefront trail, which was weird because it is just straight water. There is no mountains in the middle of it or on the other side which was new. The lack of mountains caused my mom to believe that the lake really wasn’t that beautiful but I liked it. It looked like it went on forever.

image9 As far as plans for today go, our plane doesn’t leave until five so we’re just going to goof off until then. Chicago is supremely cool and I would definitely like to spend more time here in the future.



How Not To Budget

Personal, Travels, Writing

Yesterday was a very grey day in Chicago, so instead of going down by the lake we decided to do some shopping instead. I ended up buying way to much stuff, including some Adidas Super-stars because everyone wears them here and I wanted to be cool like everyone in Chicago (I’m a real conformist at heart guys). Started off the day by checking out the Dollop Coffee Shop, which was described in a brochure as indie so it was basically the only option for someone as hip as me. (I hope everyone reads this in as sarcastic of a tone as I write it in).

After this Coffee outing we made are way back to DePaul to get me excused from school for a tour I didn’t even go on. This was a surprisingly easy thing to do so with our spare time we took a trip to my first ever whole foods. It was basically like any other health food store I’ve ever been in.


Juice from Whole Foods

Chicago is an extremely cool city. If you’ve never been, they have an above ground train that basically just runs over the top of downtown and it is probably my favorite part so far. It’s super artsy here and there are murals all over the place. It seems like there is a university on every other block so the place is swarming with young creative types, which makes my mom feel old. The trip seems too short but I am enjoying the things I’ve experienced.

until tomorrow,