Eight girls… after a wedding weekend, cooped up inside in church clothes all day, ready for adventure— that was us. The thought of a fun trip to Chicago kept us going all weekend (why didn’t I think of this?? every time a friend gets married, go on a trip and have some fun!!) and so after the reception we headed up to Joliet to catch the train. I just think trains are a ton of fun. Mom, Kyla, and I took one up to Seattle earlier this year — pretty similar to this — and they are just so cute! In Seattle the scenery looked kind of Anne-of-Green-Gables-esque (ADORABLE!), but this one seemed city-sophisticated the whole time since it was dark out. We had some great laughs (naps for some) on the ride up, which unfortunately included the sketch comments of a 40-something man who avidly listened to our conversation and interjected tips. We stopped just short of telling him where we were staying and eating dinner, … even though he asked numerous times (AHHH!!). I didn’t have my pepper spray– otherwise I would have felt safe. But we did decide if we bought matching bandanas we could look pretty intimidating… like skirt-wearing groupies or something;)
Arriving at 10pm to the city lights, we made a huge scene hailing taxis (… clearly not city natives, if you couldn’t tell from our backpacks and tourist Nikons) and headed to The Little Goat Diner, a fancy-ish restaurant that serves goat from Kilgus Farms (where Leigha works) but wasn’t too upscale for us. It was great fun to exclaim over the AC references on the menu and to try (or observe.. for some of us) the goat dishes. And… once again, the perks of Leigha’s connections to Kilguses… we got 2 free desserts! Delicious.. though as some would say, “a little goat-y”!!
We decided to trek back 18 blocks to our hotel because clearly we weren’t tired, and happened to run into Tiera on the way back (who was just coming back for her last week of interning)! Great chats in the hotel room that night before crashing for our early morning the next day.
Coffee and smoothies at Einstein’s was a great start to the day (for those of us that got up;) and then we all had breakfast in the hotel. Even in just the breakfast room—which wasn’t even that crowded—someone from Kansas who will remain nameless…;) proclaimed that she was “so sick of people!” Since it was only 8 in the morning and we were spending the day in Chicago that was kind of a problem ;) Haha it is so fun to travel with people from different perspectives.. clearly I felt more comfortable here than with the Kilgus’ cows (which I found pretty scary!). But I’m a city girl and proud of it!!.. I will admit I would LOVE to live in a downtown loft someday. We’ll see what God’s plan is for me!! I got a lot of dreams! Anyway…
Rarin’ to go, we set out on Michigan Avenue and wandered the shops, the beach, the Cheesecake Factory, and Navy Pier …. pretty much all over Chicago … before we were starved for lunch. Of course at that point it took us about 45 minutes to find Gino’s (gotta have deep dish pizza when in Chicago!) and so when the sign was in sight, I’ll admit you might have seen a bunch of us actually running towards it… only to find the line was out the door ;( But when we asked about the wait, they saw we were a big group and let us in pretty quick. But our “food-high” was crushed when we found out that Chicago-style pizzas take 50 minutes to bake. But since you only live once (theme of my life, apparently), we decided to do it. At one point there were some hilarious nappers on one end of the table (probably scaring the waiter), who (1) looked like they were praying and (2) woke up immediately when certain subjects came up (come on, we are 20-year-old girls, it makes sense ;)!! And the pizza was to die for!!
We had a 4 pm train to catch so we hurried back to the hotel to grab our bags and then caught taxis to the bean.. since you can’t see Chicago without going there! It was probably good that we were headed back to the heartland because the crowds of city people made Leigha started missing her cows!! ;) Haha oh my word I love her! I can’t picture a weekend I’d rather have or a better group of girls to be with… Nobody else would drink out of city fountains, make fun of each others’ accents, share food, and run in front of traffic with friends they met only weeks ago!!
I'm a twenty-something from the Pacific NW making home in new places as I follow where God leads.
My intent is to show Christ's love to the world and use business to solve some of the social problems we face: hunger, illiteracy, healthcare, economic hardship. For now, I'm in a stage of learning. A little adventuring, a few books, some good friends, and a whole lot of prayer and life runs on.