Hey loves! I know it has been a while since I’ve posted something and yes, there are no more excuses for my absence, but I am back with new and exciting posts! Before I begin, I want to welcome all of my wonderful followers and readers to the New Year! I also want to give a huge thank-you to all of you for making my blogging experience an amazing one because without you guys, I would not have gone any further in the blogging world, so thank-you, thank-you, thank-you! In this post, I wanted to share a recap of my Chicago trip I recently took this past weekend!
Last Friday, my friend and I decided to take a mini weekend trip to Chicago, Illinois. Mind you, this was planned a week prior to our departure, so half of the trip was spontaneous with no plan in mind. However, since we were both interested in pursuing the profession of Law, we did plan to go visit Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.
On the morning of January 20th, I woke up around three-thirty feeling a tad bit exhausted but excited at the same time. It has been three years since my last visit to Chicago so I was extremely excited to set foot in the city once again. Once my friend came to pick me up, we left for Ann Arbor, Michigan, which is approximately an hour drive from my hometown.
When we arrived in Ann Arbor, we had to roam the cute little town to find a printer. As much as I want to be transparent with you, I will not go into further details about the printer situation. However, I will tell you, that in the spur of the moment I was in full panic mode however, looking back, it was one great “six-in-the-morning” adventure.
We found our way to the train station, asked about long term parking, and made our way to board the train. This was the first time I have ever travelled by train but I will admit, I did enjoy the ride.
Once we arrived at Union Station, we walked around to find some sort of transportation to take us to Michigan Ave; also known as the Magnificent Mile. Upon exiting the station, we decided to bus to the Mile, as we did not want to spend too much money on a taxi or Uber. Thus, we bought our bus ticket and boarded the bus. Normally, when I travel to a large cities, especially in the United States, I would refrain from taking busses. However, since our hotel is located in heart of the Mile, it was much convenient for us to bus there rather than take a taxi or Uber.
As we departed from the Station, I could not believe I was back in Chicago. Seeing the beautiful architectural buildings; smelling the Chicagoan air; and seeing people moving in different directions are the reasons why I left the city the first time, in love. After my first visit three years ago, I knew Chicago was one of the cities I needed to visit again and this past weekend could not have been a better time to visit.
When we finally arrived at our destination, we walked the Mile to find lunch. Since my friend and I did not have anything to eat, we decided to grab lunch at Gino’s East for some of Chicago’s famous deep-dished pizza! Let’s be real here, you are not in Chicago if you have never eaten some deep-dished pizza, which brings me back to the first time I had deep-dished at another Gino’s location. All I can remember was that the pizza did not disappoint!
Once we were seated, we were greeted by our amazing waiter who was extremely cool and chill. Yes I know, I had to, only because he does deserves some credit for being super nice and welcoming us Canadians! We started off with cheesy garlic bread and waited approximately forty-five minutes for our pizza. Okay, I normally do not wait that long for food, but as my waiter indicated to me, they take a while to make it as all of their ingredients are fresh and their pizza’s are freshly made- thus, I could not complain. While waiting, however, many of the patrons, the waiters, myself, and my friend stared intensely at the television screen watching Donald J. Trump’s inauguration. Yes, I was there during his inauguration, but to avoid any controversial debates on my blog, I will not be expressing my political views as I want my blog to be a positive space.
Moreover, we got our pizza and dived right in! I ordered the Spinach Margherita which was comprised of spinach, cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil, while my friend ordered the Veggie which included spinach, mushrooms, garlic, onions, and sliced tomatoes. We decided to split the order, as we were told that two slices would fill us up, however, the pizza did not disappoint as I finished the two slices that I ordered! Okay, I will admit, I was extremely hungry and not eating breakfast in the morning made my stomach growl all the way from Ann Arbor.
When lunch was complete, we decided to shop the mile for a bit before checking in our hotel. As we walked down the street, I was mesmerized by the beautiful tall buildings and the lights! Fast forward, once we finished shopping, we headed to our hotel, checked in, and relaxed before roaming the city once again.
As there were protests going on outside, the night was cut short, so we ended up walking to Sprinkles Cupcakes, ordered Jimmy John’s, and watched the Inauguration Balls in our hotel room. As my mom did not want me to be outside during the protests, I was not able to visit the Law school event I intended to go to. I was a little disappointed, however, I did want to be safe, so staying in the hotel room was a good call. As the protests were occurring right outside of my hotel room, I watched from the twenty-first floor as people marched through the streets of Grand Ave. Seeing everything on a first hand basis rather than on Facebook made everything so much more real and powerful.
We ended the night and slept for a big day tomorrow. I will be posting the second part of my Chicago trip as well as my experience at the Women’s March in Chicago, so stay tuned!