My shipmates. My travel buddies. My friends. My SEAsters. In January, I was reunited with my Semester at Sea family. Traveling from Saint Louis (me), Minneapolis (Josie), Louisville (Kelly & Carolyn) and Pittsburgh (Clare), all five of us landed safely in Chicago.
In 3 days and 2 nights at our port of call (hahaha), we packed each day with new adventures. As experienced travelers, we used Uber, Lyft and the local transportation to get to and from each desired destination. Oh yes, and we did walk a lot too! This brought back memories to when we spent time in Japan and China.
We stayed at Embassy Suites, and we are glad we did too. It reminded us of our cabins on the MS World Odyssey. All five of us were able to bond and reminisce in one room. We played songs, shared photos and told stories from our voyage. It was a wonderful experience to relive moments we hold so dear to our warm hearts.
Although it was extremely cold, we ice skated in Millennium Park in front of the Cloud Gate, also known as "The Bean." Ah, I love ice skating! But, we warmed up with hot chocolate from BomboBar (check it out). I couldn't finish my hot chocolate masterpiece, but it was everything I ever wanted my hot chocolate to look and taste like.
I am not really a fan of basketball. but I love experiencing new things. So, I agreed to Josie's suggestion of attending the Chicago Bulls basketball game at the United Center. It was a lot of fun. It was the most fun I had ever had at a basketball game. The half time show was my favorite. They slingshotted t-shirts into the crowd as a blimp of Benny the bull, the mascot, hovered over us.
After scratching those adventures off of our bucket list, we decided to change things up a little bit. Through Josie's research of Chicago, she came across 360 Chicago (check it out). We spent our second night in the John Hancock Building. Not only did we get a 360 view of the Chicago skyline, but also we had the chance to try Chicago's newest thrill, the TILT. This ride was for sure a thrill! My arms got a workout from holding myself while I tilted outward over 1,000 feet above The Magnificent Mile. I enjoyed the experience at night. If I do it again, I will try it during the day to see if the experience differs.
Chicago is always a fun place, especially for a girls' trip. I can't wait to reunite with these girls again soon in another city. Stay tuned to our adventures! We may be coming to a city near you.
Enjoy the photos :)