Anyway. Back to Chicago. We kicked the day off bright and early, boarding the train and spending a majority of the time chatting, catching up, and working on our math exam review sheet (ick, no fun! But much better to do with a friend rather than alone). Despite bringing school into the mix on our day off, the train ride was probably one of the most interesting I've had. For example, a lady sitting in front of us kept eavesdropping and butting her unwelcomed opinions into our conversations, and another lady in our train car either had an extremely loud, obnoxious personality, or she was drunk. The world may never know, but take my word for it, she was WILD!
When we finally arrived in Chicago, the first thing we did was walk to Giordano's Pizza... AKA the best pizza Chicago has to offer... and we stuffed ourselves silly with deep dish slices.
Then I used my amazing navigational skills to find Millennium Park and The Bean, which, if you've never been to Chicago, is a touristy staple that you can't miss. Years ago in 2012, Seana and I visited The Bean for a school trip and so it was kind of inevitable that we recreated our "Bean Selfie" as seen below.
|Another artsy Bean photo|
|Photo of The Bean|
After The Bean, we found our way to Michigan Ave. for some much needed shopping. We went to the Disney store, Hershey, Ghirardelli, and the Watertower Place, which is a skyscraper packed with shops. I, of course, visited Lush and after much deliberating settled on a sweetly scented bath bomb. Seana ended up with *pause to let you guess* some clothes, of course ;)
We also experienced some current event type of things while we were downtown. In front of Nordstrom that day, there were protestors that were protesting the death of a man, and police on horseback making sure things stayed peaceful. Nevertheless, we did not stay near that area for long.
The next current culture thing we "experienced" was that we passed by the Trump Tower on our walk. And.... that's all I'm going to say about that, haha.
Since we went a few weeks before Christmas, we saw loads of Christmas decorations. Christmas trees, massive wreaths, red and green lighting on buildings, giant ornaments, and trees covered in fairy lights were not sparse. Unfortunately I didn't get many pictures this time in Chicago, but here's one from right outside of the pizza place.
|Sea and I ft. some giant ornaments|
As the sky darkened we hurried back to Millennium Park to see the cities biggest tree with the lights illuminated. The picture doesn't really do it justice, but take my word for it.... the tree was gargantuan! And the atmosphere in the park was just so lovely. There was a public skating rink right next to the tree to help people to enjoy the lovely winter season. Seana and I would have loved to have skated, but at that point our feet were killing us from all the walking, so we tapped out, haha.
|NOT MY PHOTO!|
Then we quickly picked up some Starbucks and hopped back on the train back to Michigan. And that concludes our adventure to Chicago! This is definitely a day that I won't forget for a long time, and I'm so glad that I could take a wonderful friend along with me.
How were your Christmas seasons? I would love to hear what you all did. That's all I have for now, so....
*note* all photos are mine on this post unless otherwise stated