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   The summer of 2007 I took an incredible adventure across the states to a city called Chicago.  I spent nine days and ten nights in the windy city.

   I was dating a guy at the time and had been with him for about eight months and he threw out the idea of going to Chicago together, with his mom of  course, and so I begged my mom to let me go and surprisingly she did!  This trip was one of my first real trips without my family being with me and I was pumped and ready!

   As the plane flies over the cityscape I remember my heart pounding because the picture was so beautiful and in minutes I would be placed into that picture.  Soon enough the plane lands and we walk out of the airport, I look around and can’t believe how cool everything looks.  Big buildings, lights shining, things I have never witnessed before.  We were so hungry that we went to a restaurant called Hooters, which is a well knwon establishment for their hot wongs.  It was so good after not eating for eight hours!  From that time until I met back up with the airport nine days later, I had the time of my life!

   One of the first things we did was go to downtown Chicago and walk the Magnificent Mile, which is a mile long stretch of clothing stores and what not.  Half of the stores there I had never heard of, but it was a site to see!  All the buildings had such unique architecture and I couldn’t help myself, I took a bunch of pictures.  My favorite building was the Wrigley building.  The building extended up to a huge clock, which was so gorgeous.

   The only way to see the city at its finest is to step into an elevator and travel to the 108th story of the Sears Tower in Downtown Chicago.  Back when they completed the Sears Tower in 1937 it was the worlds tallest building.  Even though it was really foggy if I squinted I was able to see Indiana from across Lake Michigan, which reminds me of my favorite memory of Chicago.

   We had done so many things by this time, but my favorite memory of Chicago is Lake Michigan.  Not just the lake itself, there’s way more to it.  When you’re standing in the water at Lake Michigan on one of the beaches you actually feel like you’re truly at the beach.  The lake is so big when you look out you see the horizon just like the ocean, but when you take a step back and turn around you see the beautiful cityscape within walking distance.  It’s hard to find a place with both city and beach, Chicago’s perfect. I walked on a pier that shot out into the lake and at the end I sat down.  The water was so clear you could see schools of fish swim by, it was one of those moments where you sit there and a smile forms across your face and you’re just happy with life and everything that’s happening.

   I also was able to experience Navy Pier, where we watched fireworks and rode the Ferris Wheel. Six Flags, Millennium Park, The Art and History Museums, The Lincoln Par Zoo were also my favorites. The Hard Rock Cafe in Downtown Chicago is by far the best restaurant ever.  I learned so much from my vacation and was so lucky to have had the experiance of visiting Chicago. I had the time of my life!

 

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