I Went To Chicago And It Was Interesting

I Went To Chicago And It Was Interesting

We kept missing our train.
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On Friday, November 11th, my friend and I went to Chicago to visit one of our friends. We left at 3:30 in the afternoon and we stopped at Chick-Fil-a in West Laffite India around 8:30 Eastern Time. My friend's car GPS said we only had an hour to go, but her phone said we still had 2 more hours. We thought her phone was messed up, until our friend texted her and asked if we went through the time change yet…oops. We were not prepared for 2 more hours of driving, but we had a good laugh.

After 7 hours of driving, we finally arrived in Oreland Park Illinois. We went to our fronds apartment, watched Gilmore Girls, played with their bunny, and went to bed.

Just wait; this is where it gets interesting…

The next morning we explored the city and everything was perfect! I’m kidding; it was kind of a struggle. To start things off, we missed the train in the morning, so we had to drive to another train station and get on there. Before leaving, I set a goal to take a picture with myself at the bean. We finally got to Millennial Park, but the Bean was blocked off! My friend asked a guy why it was closed and he told us, in his cute British accent, that it was blocked off due to the protests that have been going on. We where disappointed, but then we heard someone say that it would open later. We took an Uber to Navy Pier. We walked the pier and made some stops along the way, and then we decided to go back to the Bean. It was open! We took a lot of pictures and we lost track of time. It was 4:00 and the train left at 5:00! This is when the night started to go downhill. We decided that it would be faster to walk to

Union station, because Uber wouldn’t be able to pick us up until 4:45. We missed a turn, and suddenly we where futher away. We tried to make it, we even ran like people in an airport running to their gate. All of our phones where dead or almost dead and we where Panicking. It was truly like we where in the Hunger Games; Chicago edition. We where just trying to survive on what we had. We missed the train for the second time that day, so we managed to call an Uber to take us to another train station. We made that train and where able to relax…until we got off. We got off at Tinley Park station, and we had to get back to the car at the Orland Park station. We got an uber, but he never showed up. We saw that he was there and we called him because we couldn’t find him. He said he had his flashers on, but we walked around the whole building, and we didn’t see him. We circled the building at least two times before a waiter (from the restraint inside) came out and asked if we needed help. He wasn’t any help at all and we still couldn’t find our Uber! Then we saw two men walking towards us. We where already freaked out that we couldn’t find our Uber and we got really nervous. We knocked on the door of the restaurant and asked if we could stay inside until we could get another Uber. The two men sat right outside and eventually left. We canceled our ride, got another Uber, and we finally got back to the car. Then we got Pizza and watched movies to unwind from our crazy day.

Chicago was beautiful and I love big cities, but I don’t think I’m cut out for big city life. Leaving was sad, but I hope I get to go back one day. That’s the story of the three girls in Chicago who kept missing their train, faced sketchy Uber drivers, and went on a crazy adventure.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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The Top 3 Lifestyle Changes I Made In College

The mistakes I corrected which stood between me and satisfaction.

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2019 has been a year of unparalleled growth for me. In 2018 I could have said the same. I spent extended periods of time analyzing the factors of my life which left me, in some ways, feeling unfulfilled. Here are the top 3 lifestyle changes that I made in college which left me feeling happier than ever.

1. Cut out the toxic people. 

A house is worthless without a solid foundation. The people which you call your friends are largely the foundation for your confidence and social life. Sometimes, we recognize that these people are overall anchors on our psyche; condescending narcissists whose confidence rests on making others feel inadequate. The first step to building self-confidence is to get these people out of your life immediately. Once you solidify this foundation, you will soon realize how pitiful these people are, and growth you had been capable of without them.

2. Do you even lift?

Not only has my physical condition improved from going to the gym, so has my mental strength. As my physical form has improved, my confidence has risen. We have spent millions of years evolving to physically exert ourselves. Our modern lifestyle has left many of us without this crucial key to endorphins and proper brain chemistry; a factor which has promoted never before seen rates of depression and anxiety. Lifting weights have left me feeling better than I can remember, with endorphins and testosterone at an all-time high.

For years, I either avoided the gym or found excuses to stop. The reason I never committed to fitness was largely a lack of interest in self-betterment, but also a feeling of cluelessness in the subject. I recommend utilizing the "Beginner's Health and Fitness Guide" linked here. This guide breaks down fitness in an incredibly easy to understand way. This information is not published by someone trying to sell you something. It was written by input from numerous online fitness enthusiasts and refined for accuracy as well as simplicity. This guide has helped me and many others in online communities start down the road to improved physical and mental health through fitness.

3. Do as much as possible, even when you don't feel like it. 


I squandered years of my short life secluding myself to a comfort bubble. While in college, I have realized that happiness largely rests on occupying yourself with new and real experiences as frequently as possible. Time which would have previously been wasted on my phone, the television, or playing online games was shifted to trying new things. As often as possible, I have pushed myself to undertake activities such as learning to snowboard, grabbing food with people from college whom I had just met, going hiking with strangers and our mutual friend, traveling solo, etc. Pushing myself further from my comfort bubble every day has been exceptionally conducive to not only living life to a greater degree but also decreasing the anxieties which we all experience.


What can you fix in your current life to build the lifestyle you dream of?





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