Chicago Phil

1003761_10151783234985813_1380152617_nThe final stop on my Summer Tour was to visit my good friend Phil in Chicago! Phil was nice enough to let me and Jenny crash in his little tiny apartment.

Phil is a great friend who I met freshmen year of college. It’s been amazing to see him blossom into such a charismatic, kind and adventurous person. Cha-town really suits him. He was a very gracious host and even though he had to work some of my visit, we still found time to reminisce and laugh with and at each other. Chicago is massive and in two days I don’t think I saw much of it. But I had a blast.

While Phil was working we went to the free Chicago Zoo. Then used our student discounts to get into the Chicago Art Museum which was very impressive.

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Found this quaint and secluded pond right in the heart of the city.

Later we met up with Phil and his co-worker. She is Chinese and led us through China town and to the best local Chinese restaurant. While in China town we help Phil search for the perfect Chinese waving cat statue. To add luck to his new little apartment.

1174641_10151783235405813_883430192_nOur last day we slept in. Jenny was still recovering from her mysterious cold. But I convinced her to come to a baseball game with me since Phil had to work.1098387_10151783236845813_643020263_n

We went to a store and spent way to much on Cubs gear then headed to Wrigley Field to buy cheap seats. We got really lucky because our “cheap” seats were actually really good. We ate hot dogs, popcorn, peanuts and I had lemonade with vodka while Jenny had beers.  I also got yelled at by a native for putting ketchup on my hotdog! The Cubs lost to the Cardinals. But it was really a great game. There’s something about going to a baseball game that feels truly “American”. It’s good to be home.

After the game Jenny needed to rest so she went to bed. Phil got off work and he and I went to an Improv Comedy show and then had traditional Chicago Deep Dish Pizza. We gossiped about love lives, work and life goals until very late at night. It was glorious and I’m glad I decided to end my trip with him and Chicago.

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