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This is Why Ferris Bueller Skipped School

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What a freaking day. (This is Shari BTW. Sander, our Madison friend and awesome host last night, was telling us that at first reading our blog posts it was very obvious who's blogging. Miriam had the fancy adjectives and Shari had the sarcasm and cursing. But lately he says we both started sounding like each other. It's very disconcerting. No one warned us of these side effects that may occur when experiencing excessive exposure to each other. I'm suing.)

Anyway, we leave Madison, Wisconsin and head to Chicago. Traffic and parking is a bitch. (See, Miriam would not have said that. She's a classy lady.) Once we're on foot things start getting more interesting. We head to the Willis Tower but the line to go up to the sky-deck is two hours long, so we leave. We meet Mike, he tells us he's homeless so we give him a protein bar and almonds. (There seem to be lots of homeless people here, we run out of protein bars within the first 30 minutes, and Miriam carries lots of them.) We continue on to the Chicago Free Library. It's huge and has cool architecture and lots of books. We continue towards Millennium Park which is super freaking cool. There's all sorts of strange art statues and a huge water fountain with cool background pictures that constantly change and a giant outdoor theater that has a really cool looking sound and lighting system and some indie rock band is performing.

We head down to the Chicago Lake and join an architecture boat tour of the city because we're all touristy and stuff. It's really amazing. Chicago architecture and history is really fascinating. The tour takes place in the late evening so we get to see the city transition from day to night and it's really beautiful. There's a tornado watch in the area and the occasional thunder and lightening in the background add to the poeticness of it all. (Although it would've been more poetic if the tornado occurred in Kansas. Stupid tornados missing their cues.)

We see the "Begin Historic Route 66" sign and freak out because we've seen the "End Historic Route 66" sign in Santa Monica only a couple of weeks ago. How freaking cool is that though??? I even made this fancy-ass collage thingy to commemorate this event.
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All in all, it's been a fantastic day. Chicago is awesome. I can see why Ferris Bueller skipped school to explore this city.

Posted by shari36 22:34 Archived in USA Tagged road_trip chicago pcsd historic_route_66 im_not_miriam

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