Chicago, Illinois - My Family Travels

Most people tend to brag about fancy cruises to the Bahamas, family vacations to foreign countries, or anywhere out of the country. I’ve had my fair share of family vacations whether they were in the country, or out of the country. The one that I will gladly brag about is when my mom took my best friend and me to Chicago, Illinois. We were mainly going there to visit the college I have my mind set on – Columbia College Chicago.

I found this school on a website, and instantly my heart was set on Chicago but that was mainly because I love the city. It took me quite some time to get my mom to agree to going because of the expenses. When she decided, she told me we’d be flying and staying at a hotel right near the school. I was ecstatic to say the least.

The trip was long since we were coming from Maryland, but the instant we got there, all I wanted to do was explore. I mean, it was a new place. I wanted to see the sites, and do everything right then and there, but we didn’t. We just checked into the hotel and waited so we could do things the next two days.

When we woke up, we got ready to explore the city. We went everywhere that’s worthy of sightseeing. This included the Willis Tower (ex. Sears Tower), Millennium Park, Navy Pier, and the Magnificent Mile. We had to do everything in one day because of the filming of the third Transformers movie. I’m not particularly complaining, but because of that movie, we walked for nearly 10 hours that day and it was extremely exhausting.

Being able to see everything first hand was unbelievably exciting. I never thought I’d be going to Chicago for a few days just to visit a school. When we got there, it all hit me. Being able to go to the Willis Tower was incredible because we went up 103 floors and stood on a glass platform overlooking the city causing the biggest adrenaline rush I’ve ever felt. Being able to see the entire city was beautiful and kind of mind-boggling. We spotted everything including buildings surrounding our hotel and Millennium Park.


Visiting these ‘tourist attractions’ was so fun, and visiting the school I hope to attend was the epitome of perfection. It made me want to be there even more because I have the strongest feeling that when I’m there and everything there is no longer new, I’ll still love everything about that city. It’s super easy-going and friendly, and that’s exactly the kind of area that I want to associate myself with.


This trip was pretty perfect because with the help of my mom everything was previously planned in a sense. The hotel was paid for and the school visit was arranged. That’s really all we needed. This is a website that helps set up a tour with Columbia College and gives details about nearby colleges. Some of the hotels gave discounts if you were visiting with the school.


With only two things planned beforehand, it added to the excitement of the city because we played everything by ear. If one person wanted to do something, we went. I’m pretty positive that’s the exact reason why I found this trip so exciting and brag-worthy. I don’t exactly like timely things. I like to spend time on what I want to spend time on, and that’s exactly what happened. – Navy Pier – Willis Tower – Millennium Park

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