Thursday, December 4, 2014

Chicago Travelsgiving

To say I’ve been bad at blogging this year would be a gross understatement.

I feel like most of my friends have stopped blogging though, so I have to admit that I don’t feel too bad about it. The good news for those of you who have been anxiously awaiting a new post (read: my mom) is that I finally have something cool enough that I want to share.

This Thanksgiving, I spent the break from work exploring Chicago with my roommate Hayley. It was a totally random, spur of the moment decision. We were sitting on the couch a couple of months ago when we started talking about how we had never been there before. Less than 24 hours later, we booked a place to stay in the windy city on Airbnb. We really had no reason to go other than it sounding like a great adventure. Traveling is pretty much my most favorite thing ever, as I’m sure you’ve gathered from my blog if you’ve ever looked at it before. The only thing that gets in the way is a shortage of vacation days… somehow I seem to burn through those way to quickly.

Without further adieu, here is the trip in photos. It’s ok if you admit you only wanted to see pictures. Hayley got a new camera and brought it with her, so there are some pretty great ones. Unless the picture is of Hayley, it was most likely taken by her (the not-as-great-quality ones are from my phone). I promise she let me steal her work.

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Started out the day with a nice Thanksgiving parade and cute Christmas market

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The contrast between the blue of the sky and the blue of Lake Michigan was ridiculously captivating. Totally worth the Thanksgiving Day cold. Don’t worry, we went to a warm restaurant right after this. That night we went to a hilarious Second City show and enjoyed all-you-can-drink hot chocolate.

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We spent most of Friday getting lost in the Art Institute of Chicago before eating pizza and checking out the night view at the top of the Sear’s Tower (fine, I guess it’s called the Willis Tower now).

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We covered a lot of ground Saturday walking along the river, checking out an almost-abandoned Navy Pier (where Hayley’s hair cooperated, but mine was going insane), visiting the Zoo and surrounding park, stopping by the Christmas market again for more treats, hanging out around the cool outdoor art displays and watching ice skaters.

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And because Hayley specifically said she went to Chicago to recreate Kanye videos, here is this gem with a “behind the scenes” shot.

On Sunday, we went back home to the real world. I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving as well! Now on to counting the days until Christmas…

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