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Friday, July 23, 2010

Day 39: The Windy City

Today the group trekked into The Windy City, Chicago. We did a ton of sightseeing and touristy things, jamming a bunch of attractions into one day. We started off at Navy Pier, checking out Lake Michigan and all the sail boats, as well as the millions of kiosks. Then we made our way to Michigan Avenue, "The Magnificant Mile." This is essentially a mile of some of the most well known and best shopping around. We chose to hit up Niketown and were surprised to find a new line entitled 6.0 and it's BMX team of promoters doing an appearance. Kinda crazy in there. And now they have the Nike ID, make your own shoes, in the store!

Of course we needed to fuel our bodies as usual, so we devoured a few of Chicago's Gino's East Deep Dish Pizzas. SOOOO GOOOOOD. Then we headed over to Millennium Park to visit the legendary Bean sculpture and the interacting face buildings, among a bunch of other installations.

After some downtime people watching, we wandered over to the Sears Tower (now Willis Tower). They have a Skydeck where you can see the whole city from the 103rd floor. They also recently build The Ledge, a few clear jutouts you can walk out on and view the area from a different perspective. The whole thing is really well done and has a bunch of history and Chicago facts along the way. You can spend a lot of time up there.

Holy Cow, its Harry Caray
The tower is 262 Jordans tall.
After the Skydeck, everyone kinda went their own way for the night, visiting family and friends from the Chicago area. So Mike and I jumped on the EL and the subway to catch up with some of my teammates and roommates in Wicker Park. I was soooo happy and excited to see everyone. Shout out to Shlee (and a big thanks for the bagels and cereal!), Slevs, Jenny, Kerry, Melon, Fish, Heather, TH, and Nicoletti. Sorry that probably doesn't really mean much to most of you, but their company is one of the best things in the world, especially when you throw desserts in there.

Great, jam packed day. And once again, I'm probably more tired after a rest day. But we keep on trucking.

On another note, a 2nd HUGE THANKS goes to Mr. Tom Parisi of the Batavia Sun for doing an awesome update article, which convientiently came out yesterday when we rolled into Batavia. Click here to check it out! (Another front page spot!)

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