Day eight: Chicago
Trip Start Jul 07, 2006
35Trip End Aug 13, 2006
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We got going after listening to the parents next campsite over yell at their daughters for wearing their glasses to the showers. After spending a night in a KOA, I remember the sights and smells of camping from our family's trip so many years ago. I hope my parents weren't yelling at Buck and me like the parents of many of these young campers.
Anyway, we headed into the suburbs of Chicago, to do some sightseeing
We then headed to find a FedEx/Kinkos so I could fax in the last of my application for George Fox University's Doctorate in Education program. Tomorrow is the deadline, so I figured I ought to try my darndest to get it in so I could take classes in the fall. That was a huge ordeal, but it got done. After that, we tried to get back to the John Hughes memory lane, but Brian and I were both frustrated with the lack of information/good maps that we decided it was about time to get into Chicago.
And we thought that for the next hour as we fought our way to downtown Chicago
When we finally got into the downtown area, we parked and walked, even though we weren't sure where we were going. We walked and walked and walked and came across the fountain from the Married, With Children intro. We wound our way to the Art Institute of Chicago. We got there about 4:40 or so, and the sign said it closes at 5:00 most days. We were disappointed until we heard from one of the security guards that on Fridays in the summer, admission is free from 5 to 9. How cool was that? We went across the street to a Bennigan's and got ourselves a snack. We went in to the museum and walked around and saw some beautiful pieces (but, unfortunately, not all that I wanted to see) and quickly got worn out. After touring for a couple of hours and seeing the big pieces, we walked up to the Sears Tower and saw Chicago at sunset
We drove home on the toll expressways, which were a pain, but much quicker than the side streets we took going to Chicago -- it being almost 10:00 probably helped, too. We decided that when we head to Cleveland tomorrow, we're going to avoid Chicago if we can.
Thinking back on today, I realized that the stuff we appreciated most in Chicago came from our pop culture education. We love our TV and movies. Okay, so the art was pretty great, too. But our take on Chicago is one different that most folks would take. All in all, today was a fun day, which was was capped by some sad news. Brian and I just found out that one of our former students drowned while whitewater rafting earlier this week. She was a sweet girl, and she will be missed by many of students and staff. She was a youth leader in the LDS church and in the choir. She would have been a senior this year. We hope all of our friends and family are being safe... we are doing our best to be so.