Chicago, Day II
Trip Start Jun 27, 2009
35Trip End Aug 07, 2009
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AAE Parthenon Hostel
You ask yourselves, why a D+? Well a D+ is a double edge sword. It says to a person "ya really tried hard the last couple of weeks of the marking period, so here is a pity passing grade." And that's what the aquarium did as well.
It was insanely crowded. There was a line about two city blocks long just to get a ticket. Once inside, the odd layout made navigation difficult. Sure, the tanks were filled with amazing sea creatures....but very few had any information posted about them
But, alas, the Shedd Aquarium was geared to the "ooo" and "ahh" crowd and not the...others. Hence, the D+
The aquarium aside, we took a water taxi about 15 blocks north to the Navy Pier, Chicago's answer to the Jersey boardwalk. It was complete with food, more food, boat rides, food, a stained glass window exhibit and of course...food.
The real kicker was the cookie store that sold pretzels filled with fudge. Where have you been all my life?!
We decided that with a long night ahead we best head back to our hostel. And what better way than with a free trolley ride?
Any way is better is the answer
The kicker of the day was a comedy club recommended to me by Brooklawn substitute teacher (and improv comedian) Mr. Rob Asaro. He told me that if I could go anywhere in Chicago I had to go to a comedy club called "2nd City." So, tonight Jen and I purchased tickets and took a cab about 30 blocks north.
Turns out this is pretty famous place. People like Bill Murray, Horatio Sans, Tina Fey, Chris Farley, Steven Colbert, and dozens more all have had their starts at this comedy club. Our show was about life in America under our new President and the evolving recession. Simply put: my cheeks still hurt from laughing.
I can't really put any of the material on this page (I'd have to get people to sign a permission slip!) but I have never ever seen a shown so funny. Thank you Mr. Asaro for that one!
Tomorrow we depart for Des Moines, Iowa. (That's prounounced De Moyne students!) (just like right now I'm in 'il a noy......not il a noys!) It's about 6 hours, and while we're not expecting too much from the small city among the corn...we are excited to get back on the road. Because while Chicago is great, it's time to move west (remember it's our destiny).
An update might be slow coming since I don't have much hope for wireless internet in our campground...but by Friday we'll be in Minneapolis and I'll update then.