After our first day REALLY being in downtown Chicago, we were excited for the next. It didn’t start until noon. We drove down again on the same hour-long drive, except this time it didn’t feel like an hour. We rented a RedBox movie starring The Rock so we new it was going to be good. We watched it all the way until we got there and got stuck in a MASSIVE traffic jam. It was the day that we were supposed to go to the Chicago Cubs vs Cardinals game! We really wanted to get in but sadly, even though it was already the 5th inning, the tickets remained the same price! We had homes to get at LEAST half off! With only half of the day left to spend in Chicago, we quickly decided that sadly we were going to have to miss the game and go on to what was next…
Going back to this morning- for some reason my brother really wanted to go to the beach. He said he really wanted to build a sand castle. Can anyone here guess what we did? Go to the beach- yes. Build Sand Castles- no. When we got there we got out all of our stuff and got ready to go. We could see that the beach was going to be nice! There was a huge drop where the sand was so we couldn’t see if it were flat sand or had rocks in it. We payed our outrageous parking fee and got all of our stuff out of the car. We were all excited but Aidan was REALLY into it. And then it started to drizzle. And the rain. We looked up and saw that it would be a huge storm, so we packed up all of our stuff and sat in the car to try and wait it out. It was POURING rain! It only took about five minutes to leave, but those minutes were strong.
Once it was over, we got out and examined the area to see if we could still go. No clouds and the ground wasn’t flooding, so we were good to go. We didn’t get anything out of the car and just left in case it started again so suddenly. We jogged off to the beach and got ready to jump into the sand, but…. there was no sand. What? The entire “beach” was made of hard cement! It was O.K. though, we didn’t really care. Well, Aidan was a little bit bummed he didn’t get to make his sand castle… but for the most part we were fine walking across the “beach” just the same. After a while of walking, we were in for a surprise (20 minutes later) that we could see sand! That’s when we walked over in another few minutes, looked at the view, and I was able to pose for my blog-thumbnail picture (maybe a little bit younger than some of you may have possibly expected?)
After we spent a few minutes at the beach we had to go back because we would need to pay an additional $30 to stay for another hour. We made it just in time, left, and went to the famous pizza place. We took a walk that I will forever remember through Chicago. It was completely amazing, being on the brink of dawn but having the sun still holding on to the horizon. We entered the pizza place and placed a hold to order. We sat outside for somewhere close to an hour, just relaxing and looking down the alleys as glamorous buildings tried to scrape the sky. We were finally called in by our friendly server to come and eat. The style to the old building was very odd, it was decorated by…. people. Not really people, but their drawings. You were allowed to draw ANYWHERE! We sat down for our pizza and waited as we watched the TVs and talked. It got too noisy after a huge group came so we walked up he once again marker decorated stairs to the upper story of the building. We ordered our pizza and after only 30 minutes or so he came with our order; we got thick crust yesterday so today was the day to try thin. My little brother Aidan wasn’t so happy about that, but he was calm again in a few minutes. We stayed there and once we were done I grabbed a marker and drew on the ceiling. How did I get up there? By standing on the railing and reaching up, of course! Nobody had wrote there because it was too high up, so I was the first one to promote my blog by simply writing CROSSCOUNTRYLIFEBLOG.COM- MY ADVENTURE, and signed it; -LOGAN. After that we took our last looks around on some of the black and white and sometimes blue artwork everywhere before the long ride back.