September 12th, 2007 – by: paynete
it wasnt really windy, to my disappointment. ha! but my carly and i rode the train from washington dc to chicago. we spent more time on that train than we did in chicago, but it was all worth it. we had almost two days to explore everything, so we had to quickly cram it all in. we stayed with two of carly's college friends and their roommate. hilarious group of guys. thursday we spent the day sightseeing. we went to the top of the hancock observatory, which gave us incredible views of the entire city. we saw the beaches and could see the shipwrecks that were located a good ways out in the lake. it was a good way to start out our adventure. we then walked over to the navy pier and rode the ferris wheel and the swings. carly's stomach didn't agree with the swings, so she ended up barfing in the bathrooms.
carly and i
after that, we made our way over to this huge jelly bean looking sculpture. and the millenium park. it was really astonishing how clean the city was. the water was very clean. in the late afternoon we explored an area called wicker park. it was a really artsy, hip neighborhood. tommy lee was out walking around. i think he was there for some guest DJing the next day. i definately recommend heading over to that area. it was really biker friendly, had unique boutiques, and cool cafe's.
that night we met up with some friends of the guys we were staying with. we went to a sushi restaurant around the wrigley park area. i guess in chicago, some restaurants are "bring your own beer." it had never heard of anything like it, so it was alittle weird being able to bring youre own drink a restaurant.
another thing was that 7-11 sold liquor. granted, it was a minimal selection, but again i had never seen anything like it. we bar hoped alittle bit, traveling by taxi everywhere. and let me tell you, they are crazy. kinda like taxi's in nyc, but because there isnt that much traffic, they go really freakin fast. nightlife there was of course fun.
the next day we had brunch at a place called orange's cafe. it was recommended by a friend. we had fruit sushi...aka "fruishi." delicious! they also make fresh juices, and there are many combinations available. i just stuck with watermelon. the rest of the day we spent going on one of those hop on hop off tours, just so we could see the entire city quickly. it was well worth the $25 dollars. after that, we quickly had to hop back on our train and come back to dc. all in all, i completely fell in love with the city. it is nothing like nyc. whereas in ny, its rushed, dirty, and really busy. although its busy in chicago, its not the same. i can't really explain it, except that you actually feel like an individual. i could see myself living there at some point, but who knows when. i have way too many other places i need to explore first.