Wow! What an AWESOME weekend! I am so exhausted writing this in
class today (don't tell Dr. H lol). My sister, Eliza, came to visit
Friday morning and stayed until Monday morning. We made an epic
Bucket List and went on adventures galore! Details below:
Eliza and I went to the Lincoln Park Zoo! In case you've never
been there, it is FREE! We drove into the city (fun on its own!)
and basically parking is the only fee ($20 for 3 hours). There were
a lot of animals and I was impressed for a park that is free to the
public! My favorite animal, if you can guess, is the LION! But he
was sleeping on the rocks and wasn't too animated to see me (how
dare he!) The most animated animals? A tie between the camels and
the monkeys. The gorillas were pretty awesome as well. Right on the
edge of the zoo there is an EPIC view of the city skyscrapers (see
picture), a nice bonus!
Later on that day was the Frat Party. We inducted the newbies,
gave them some ridiculous "bro names" and had a grand time. The
party took a turn for the legendary when the slip 'n slide got set
up! We added baby oil and dish detergent for extra 'slip-a-bility'
(real word?) that resulted in NUHS' first ever slip 'n slide bash!
Many people thought this would be a bad idea until they saw how fun
it was. I myself still have some scrapes on my stomach but it
was...WORTH IT! Let's be honest, I'm a kid at heart!
Saturday we ventured into the city and knocked out the Navy
Pier, Millennium Park, The Bean, the new Batman movie (my new
favorite movie ever), and fireworks! We almost made a comedy show,
but time and a misunderstood public transportation schedule were
the true culprits.
Sunday was one of the greatest days ever. Kendall let us borrow
his bikes and Eliza and I took them onto the train and then biked
around the city. This is something I've wanted to do since I got to
NUHS two years ago. This was a BLAST to ride on the bike trails
right along the water overviewing the tall city buildings! We biked
over to a dock and walked to the end and had lunch (cool find), and
then biked over to the beach and did flips into the water from the
side docks. Then we biked up to the end of the beaches just north
of the city and had some really unbelievable views of Chicago.
Next, was the most EPIC thing I've done this summer. We rented JET
SKI'S for an HOUR! It was AWESOME! 55 mph, big waves, splashes
galore, city views in Lake Michigan…pretty remarkable. My sacrum
needs an adjustment for the beating we took trying to jump the
waves! We finished with some Chicago-style deep-dish pizza and the
Olympics at a nice location downtown.
All in all--an unbelievable weekend.
I'll leave you with this. NUHS has an edge over many other DC
schools because of its location. Does Logan have a little bit newer
facilities? Sure. Does Palmer draw you enough to be in bum-stunk
Iowa for years? I hope not. Chicago is where it is at. It's an
excuse to live in a part of the country I would never get a chance
to live in ever again and experience the local fun in a way I'd
never do as a tourist. Love the workload or hate it (mostly hate
it), the weekends you have to take a breather and I recommend my
new favorite city in the world--Chicago. If you're on the fence,
choose NUHS (and they don't even pay me to say this!...well sorta