This weekend my parents and I took a two hour plane flight to Chicago, with the main goals being the touring of two Universities : Northwestern and UChicago, both of which my father had attended. It required waking up before the sun and packing the night before, but was well worth it to finally take a trip to the Windy City. Just hours after disembarking the plane saw us wandering the gorgeous campus of Northwestern University, touring the sights on the way to the admissions office where we were scheduled for an information session, followed by a student guided tour.
That evening we spent dinner with relatives who live in Chicago, and the next day we split up to explore the city - my father and I went to the Museum of Science and Industry, and my mother visited the Art Institute and Millennium Park. I have to say, the Museum is amazing. Among other things, we did the major attractions : a tour of U-505, which is housed in its entirety in its very own exhibit, and a tour of a coal mine which has been cleverly recreated inside the museum.
On Sunday, we spent the day again with family, joining them for brunch and then staying to talk for hours. Immediately afterwards we headed to central Chicago to take a river cruise. It was incredible to see the diverse architecture which crowds the skyline, and also interesting to learn the history of city ordinances that shaped the buildings.
That night we made a return to the pizza place we had been to the night before, Gino's East. My father remembered it from his days of studying and working in Chicago, and was pleasantly surprised to find it still there and open for dinner.
Monday morning we were up bright and early to tour UChicago, the second of my father's alma maters. I was again impressed with the campus, as well as the incredible academics and students.
Overall, I had an incredible trip. I'm thrilled I went and hoping to go back soon. It's my second to last adventure before I leave the country - and I leave for the next one tomorrow morning.
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Hi! My name is Karla Cox. This blog is a compilation of notes, thoughts, and photos from my travels around the world.