I'm not going to lie: the first time I went to Chicago, I was not a huge fan. The architecture is all really futuristic-looking, the "metro" is NOT underground (minus one line), and the weather is SUPER bi-polar (the day I got there it was pouring down rain and windy, and then after lunch it was sunny and hot...weird). Then again, I am a firm believer in how the company you keep affects your experiences. Also, I only had a day to take everything in (as well as turn my French-teaching paperwork in at the French Consulate). Either way, this trip was a thousand times better:
Tourists being tourists. What are you gonna do?
We decided randomly to do a bit of shopping (who am I kidding? We basically lived at the Water Tower). Great idea! We got to see Andrew Wyatt from Miike Snow DJ (and drink free margaritas - I'm still salty we didn't win the VIP passes to Lolla and $500 gift certificate to Armani Exchange, but then again, those would have just been the cherry on a delicious sundae of a trip)
|They were wearing the same pants. Weird.|
And then the festival began!
|Some weirdos rocking out to Wale|
|Franz Ferdinand (even though you can't see them)|
|Adam loving EVERY minute of the Red Hot Chili Peppers|
Total disclosure: He was probably one of my most favorite acts
|More of the Walkmen|
|FLORENCE and the machine|
All in all, not a bad time. The futuristic-looking buildings are definitely growing on me, and it's pretty cool to see the city when you are cruising through on the CTA. The night-time view isn't half bad either.
I could do without the torrential downpours (and being evacuated from Grant Park), but then there wouldn't be little kids playing in the massive puddles.