I’m in the windy city this week for the National Human Services Data Consortium (NHSDC) conference. While that probably doesn’t get most people’s juices flowing, it makes me pretty happy. The content presented is phenomenal and I always come back rejuvenated and inspired to do my job better. The conference doesn’t actually start until this morning, but our staff always try to tie in at least one extra day wherever we’re going for sight seeing and exploring.
It wouldn’t be Chicago if it weren’t rainy and windy, but that didn’t stop us from checking out some of the sites and walking around the city. In a city of 10 million people. we were the only people on Navy Pier yesterday. Although it was desolate I think I preferred it that way. We were able to listen to Lake Michigan water slush against the sides of the pier and the seagulls flying above us. It felt serene.
I call this one foraging my own path.
Navy Pier Beer Garden. Too bad it was 9am.
Our next stop was to Millenium Park which was by far my favorite part of our sight seeing festivities yesterday. I don’t think playing in mirrors ever gets old – it made me feel like a kid again.
Our last stop for sight seeing was to the Sears Tower. They’ve changed the name to Willis Tower, but it’ll always be the Sears Tower to me. There were some gorgeous views all the way around the sky deck. With the storms rolling in, the skyline just looks awesome against the backdrop of the city.
We spent the afternoon walking around the city. We stopped in at Garrett’s Popcorn – a go-to place for locals of Chicagoland. No pictures, but it was delicious! We got the Chicago Mix which is caramel and cheesy popcorn mixed together – the perfect blend. Liz and I ended our night eating at Oysy, a sushi place in downtown Chicago. I had the best sushi of my life at this place. I wish I could wrap them up and move them to Central Missouri. If you’re a sushi fan and you’re in the Chicago area, definitely check this place out.
For not being much of a city person, I think I like Chicago. It’s a vibrant, classy city with a laid-back feel to it at the same time. I’m here for one more night. Although I’ll be spending the day in meetings, I’m hoping to explore some more tonight. If you have any suggestions on places to check out (and that are relatively inexpensive) drop a comment here!