friday july 16, 2010 – sunday july 18, 2010
Ah, the windy city. I’m so glad that I was able to visit during the summer. I’ve been to Chicago before for MGCA (a Greek Conference) during my Panhel days, but I had never made it to all the touristy areas of the city before. For all that this city is freezing during the winter, it was surprisingly humid and hot during my visit. I guess the Lake it borders only has its frigid effects during the cold season.
The primary objective of this trip was to attend the wedding of Cathlene Allard and David Ovadia, two people I knew from college. Their wedding ceremony occurred at the Northwestern chapel, a beautiful nondenominational chapel. The wedding reception took place at the Marriott Renaissance Downtown. It was a beautiful wedding with lots of Alpha Chi Omega sisters and Zeta Beta Tau brothers. Between the service and the reception was an interesting bus tour of Chicago where we stopped by North Beach (who knew that Chicago had beaches!) and also the museum area. Congratulations to the couple- may they have many many years of happiness.
On Sunday, we were able to explore a little bit more of Chicago. Hutch and I wandered down to Navy Pier, where in a freak rainstorm we discovered a stained glass museum that’s hidden inside the buildings of Navy Pier. We also did a bus tour of downtown Chicago and the Chicago south side. The best part of the south tour was that we drove by Obama’s house in Hyde Park, very close to the University of Chicago. But of course, no trip to Chicago would be truly complete without some deep dish pizza. My Alpha Chi sisters, Alex Wright, Emily Shao, Sarah Scodel, and Carrie DeBoer, took us to Pizzeria Due – named so because it was the “second” Pizzeria Uno’s. They’re about a block apart and run by the exact same people. The pizza was absolutely filling and thick and gooey. The essence of deliciousness, I think. Yumm 🙂