I recently went to Chicago for the first time and enjoyed delicious food, interrupted an unexpected Trump rally and did lots of sightseeing.  If you haven't been to Chicago, here's what you've been missing.

A couple of close friends from my hometown in Ohio came to visit last weekend and we decided to take a day trip to Chicago.  The drive from Kalamazoo wasn't bad at all and lasted a little over two hours.  You'll need about $10 for tolls that come up every few minutes or so.  I'm still a little confused about that but hey, it was worth it in the end.

We started in Wicker Park and walked to the train about 5 blocks away from my friend's sister's apartment.  This was my second time ever being on a train.  It cost $10 for an all day pass which included buses.  The passes have a bar code that you hold up to a sensor which lets you through either the rotating bars in the subway or onto as many buses you decide to take that day.

Our first destination was Millennium Park where the Chicago Bean, or "Cloud Gate" is located.

"Cloud Gate is a public sculpture by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor. Constructed between 2004 and 2006, the sculpture is nicknamed The Bean because of its shape. Made up of 168 stainless steel plates welded together, its highly polished exterior has no visible seams.  design was inspired by liquid mercury and the sculpture's surface reflects and distorts the city's skyline. Visitors are able to walk around and under Cloud Gate's 12-foot (3.7 m) high arch." - Wikipedia


On our way to our next destination (which you'll see in the video below) we walked right into a Trump Rally not far from the Trump tower in Chicago.

"...hundreds of protesters in downtown Chicago to rally against President Donald Trump. Police at the event estimated about 800 protesters attended the rally." - Chicago Tribune


Then, we took a bus to the Navy Pier.  Did you know you can buy a drink and walk along the Pier without getting arrested for open container?

"Navy Pier is a 3,300-foot-long (1,010 m) pier on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan. It is located in the Streeterville neighborhood of the Near North Side community area. The Navy Pier currently encompasses more than fifty acres of parks, gardens, shops, restaurants, family attractions and exhibition facilities and is the top leisure destination in the Midwest, drawing nearly nine million visitors annually.[2] It is one of the most visited attractions in the entire Midwestern United States and is Chicago's number one tourist attraction." - Wikipedia


Video of my experience in Chicago

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