Seb sees more of the city
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One of the things you're supposed to do when you go to Chicago is take the Architectural Boat Tour. Chicago is famous for its architecture, and to really enjoy it to the fullest is to take a guided tour and hear about it from someone who knows what they're talking about.
Seb and I reserved a spot on the 2pm boat leaving from the River Walk...it was a spectacular tour. I learned so many things. Some of the buildings we saw I knew nothing about except that they were pretty...now I know about "contextualization", and how architects drew inspiration from the natural elements surrounding their buildings like the lake, the evening sky, the river, the bridge houses.
The tour was an hour and a half, and it was totally worth the $30. Seb was super jazzed--he was taking pictures like crazy. Fortunately for me, his camera ran out of batteries and he had to use mine, which meant that I ended up with a lot of great pictures of the city that I definitely wouldn't have had otherwise. We learned that the Chicago River flows opposite its nature..instead of flowing into the lake, it flows away from it. This is perpetuated by some pit they dug in Lake Michigan way back when. It also means that we have an award winning drainage system..or something. You'll have to double check those details. Donald Trump is building a building in Chicago that, when it's complete, will be taller than the Sears Tower.
After the boat tour, we walked around the city and went suit shopping for Seb who had a wedding to attend in France upon his return. I took Seb to Navy Pier and despite his fear of heights, we rode the Ferris Wheel for great panoramics of the entire city and the lake.
The next day was Seb's last, and unfortunately he had to go back to Paris. It was really hard to see him go...it was like leaving France all over again. All I can do is plan my next trip back there...or wait for more of my French friends to visit!