Chinatown, Millennium Park, & Wicker Park
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My girlfriend, Melissa, and I arrived in Chicago around noon. We had drove from Indianapolis to do some cheap, last-minute Christmas shopping in Chinatown and, more importantly, attend our first TravBuddy meet & greet. Upon entering the city, we immediately headed for Chinatown. I had never been to Chinatown but Melissa had been to the (much bigger) one in New York. She tends to be a little wary of unfamiliar places but is usually comfortable when she is with me (Vegas was a different story). We had a few hours to shop so we decided to hit every store on Wentworth Avenue. We quickly found the exact two gifts we were hoping to find; a "Coach" purse for her mother and a knife for her father. We even had time to eat at a local Chinese bakery.
After leaving Chinatown, we drove downtown and found a parking space in the Grant Park North parking garage. The rates had increased considerably since the last time I used the garage in 2003, but I expected that. First, we visited Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate and took some pictures. I can confidently say it's the most unique sculpture I've ever seen. We also visited Frank Gehry's Jay Pritzker Pavilion and saw some sculptures designed by Mark di Suvero. We then took an hour to walk the "Mile." We didn't plan to buy anything, but it was a nice time to gaze at the lights.
We arrived in the Wicker Park neighborhood at 5:00 and quickly found parking on Milwaukee Avenue.
After I finished eating, I had a few minutes to speak with Juan (John1112). I was very excited to meet him because he is one of the members I speak to most often on the site. Hopefully I will get to see him in Guatemala some day soon. Melissa and I also enjoyed very much the company and companionship of Raul (raularanda2001), Jim (blenderboy), his son, David (davidthephotographer), and David's friend, David. I didn't get to speak much to the rest of the group but all seemed to be friendly, fun people.
List of participants:
Mark (travelman727)-Wichita, KS
Sybil (iheart2travel)-Los Angeles, CA
Juan (John1112)-Guatemala, Guatemala
John (xlibris)-Chicago, IL
Joe (John's friend)-Chicago, IL
Raul (raularanda2001)-Chicago, IL
Luke (juniorcbr)-Chicago, IL
Alicia (agarcia)-Chicago, IL
Cilvia (Alicia's sister)-Chicago, IL
Carolyn (Apache_Rose_Peacock)-Chicago, IL
Jim (blenderboy)-Milwaukee, WI
David (davidthephotographer, Jim's son)-Milwaukee, WI
David (David's friend)-Milwaukee, WI
Tim (TimothyMoffett)-Shelbyville, IN
Melissa (Tim's girlfriend)-Martinsville, IN