It only took me two weeks to finally write about Jessie and my trip to Chicago.
We went there over spring break a few weeks ago to get away from the hustle and bustle of Cedar Falls. It was a much needed mental break from work, school and life.
We got there on a Wednesday and didn’t really do anything. After a five-hour drive (which I slept through), who wants to do anything? We did go out to eat somewhere (I can’t remember where) and walked around downtown aimlessly. We did get upgraded to a king suite instead of a regular full-size room. Sweet! That basically meant we got a bigger bed, plus a fridge and microwave.
We decided to do the City Pass dealio (thanks to Shannon Erb for the tip), which got us VIP access (ha, not) to five tourist destinations in Chicago at a discount. Another big advantage: speed. We got to cut in line because we had the passes. Totally worth it.
Thursday we went to the Art Institute and did some other shopping (like at the Apple Store). I, of course, didn’t buy anything because I’m frugal. We walked many, many miles and my legs almost fell off. We were going to go to second city, but we were too tired. We ate at a delicious Italian restaurant and I got three meals worth of food.
Friday we went to the Field Museum and the Shedd Aquarium. When we walked into the aquarium, I realized I had been there before–remember 6th grade, Mom?
Saturday we spent all day at the Science Center. Until this day, we had walked everywhere (EVERYWHERE), but we caught a bus to the center…thankfully because it was like two or three miles away from our hotel! I knew I had been to the science center before (apparently it’s officially known as the Museum of Science and Industry, but I call it the Science Center), but I didn’t remember most of it, and I’m sure a lot changed in the last decade.
The Science Center had a sweet exhibit called “Body Worlds.” It cost extra, but Jessie really wanted to go to it, so he forked up the money. The exhibit is basically body parts…including full skeletons with muscles and skin sometimes. It was kinda disturbing, but pretty cool. The figures were “plasticized” and you’ll have to Google what that means because I don’t know.
The weather was nice the whole time, until we left on Sunday morning. It rained the whole trip back, but we didn’t mind. Well, I didn’t mind because I was sleeping.
Now we’re back in the real world and I’m back to school, working and of course the ol’ job search.
It was a much needed break and a fun adventure around the city.