Colorado Springs -> Aurora -> Chicago
We got up and headed to Aurora Colorado to meet up with a friend of Jesse’s at the UC Medical Campus. After catching up and grabbing food, we made our way to another random part of Aurora to meet up with my sister and her boyfriend. They had been at Hummingbird Ranch for a music festival and we didn’t think we’d be able to time it to meet up twice on the trip, but we did it! It was good to see them and crazy to believe it had only been 4 or 5 weeks since we were in Baltimore with them. And with that, we hopped on the road for what was going to be a long day of driving. It was Monday. We needed to be in Chicago by Tuesday night for Cubs tickets that we had been fortunate enough to get from an old friend of the Agawam Crew members (thanks again Devin, that was amazing). As we drove through the night, taking turns sleeping in shifts we all flashed back a little bit to that dreadful drive across Texas to make it to Vegas in time. This time though, no over heating issues to deal with. We did have a minor deer incident that you can ask Dillon for details if you’d like. We (Dillon and Luke) drove until about 5 am when we were past Des Moines, Iowa and only a few hours from Chicago. At about 9 am we hit the road again, finally making it to Chicago around 5 with time to safely (and freely) park the bus, grab a beer, and head into Wrigley. Easy to see why it’s always one of the top ranked parks in the country, that place was beautiful. We watched the Cubs take down the Padres and left the stadium with the Cubs’ chants ringing in our minds for hours to come. It’s funny, it was ridiculously catchy then but I can’t seem to remember it now…
Day two of Chicago was spent walking around the city and exploring. Dillon and I had been here the previous summer for a weekend to visit a friend of ours, but I had forgotten how much I loved the city. Its huge but doesn’t feel overwhelming. For me it’s kind of the perfect step between Boston and New York. Anyway, we got brunch at Wildberry (good food and service, worth the wait) and then walked through nearby Millennium Park, Maggie Daley Park, and the Lurie Gardens followed by the marina right there. On our quest to reach Navy Pier, we took a nice detour onto Chicago’s Riverwalk and walked along enjoying the sights. Navy Pier is a great place to just hang out and look out onto Lake Michigan, so we did just that, relaxing until we headed to a Lou Malnati’s in River North for some classic Chicago deep dish. We were stuffed beyond belief after that dinner and headed back to the bus for another “movie night” and attempt to sleep to the sound of Chicago’s Red Line running all night. Thursday we decided to hit the beach. We headed to North Ave Beach and enjoyed some hot sun and cold lake water. Technically counts as a shower, right?
(surprise, Dillon didn't write this one either!)