Conquer fear of heights: checked off the bucket list. We started our day off bright and early to head off to the Sears Tower. (I don’t care if it’s the Willis Tower. A true Chicagoan calls is the Sears Tower). My mom and cousin had vertigo and would easily get sick at the sight of the skydeck…so it was My cousin’s boyfriend, me and my dad that went up. There was a museum-like exhibit in the queue area! (I’ll upload the pictures later, they’re so cool! But for right now, I guess the ones I uploaded on instagram will have to do). Then we took the final elevator which took us from underground of the Sears Tower to the skydeck. It was an enclosed elevator with only a tv screen to go by. But one thing I must note is that the elavator is not for the faint of heart when it comes to tight spaces…aka claustrophobics. We were squished…seriously. Thank God everyone smelled good. Imagine if someone cut the cheese or didn’t take a shower. It would’ve been an agonizing 60 seconds. That’s right, it took 60 seconds get from underground to the 103rd floor. You could feel your ears pop because of the altitude!
We finally got there and the sight is just indescribable. My love for Chicago just grew from this much to THIIIIISSSS MUCHHHHHHHHHHH. The downtown skyline is so beautiful. I can go on and on describing it and showing you pictures, but you have to be there to really experience it. But then we got to the actual skydeck box and it was great! The wait wasn’t that long and my advice is to walk straight forward, admire the view from eyelevel, then when you finally muster up the courage…LOOK DOWN. Cars and people look like ants and it was just mind boggling how we are able to accomplish such things, being able to see people from so far up! Definitely a highlight of my vacation!
Then my cousin wanted to show us her favorite place in downtown: Crumbs Cupcakes by Madison Street in downtown. And when we went inside, I saw why. Cupcake heavenly goodness! I ordered the Coffee Toffee cupcake and I just had a foodgasm. I think Sweet! by Good Golly Miss Holly at UCF might have some competition!
We then visited Millennium Park. Took loads of pics by the Bean (Cloud Gate) and then the the Crown Fountain (that fountain with the faces). It was so crowded in noon, but it was still awesome!
Then we walked around downtown some more and I saw all the restaurants that we talked about in my restaurant management class at Rosen! Pret a Manger, Ed Bevick’s and the Chicago Chop House!
Afterwards, we were starving so we went to get some good old Chicago Street Food (well not really street street food): Portillo’s! I ordered an Italian Beef sub and chocolate cake. My cousins insisted that Portillo’s had the best chocolate cake in Chicago…so I guess I gotta try it! And man were they right, that chocolate cake was AHMAZING. So velvety good, melted in my mouth. I’m gunna stop right here before I make you book a flight to Chicago and try it for yourself…but by all means try it! Then their turtle frozen custard…HEAVEN.
Afterwards, we returned back to our place to relax. My parents, aunt and cousin rushed to the tv to watch their beloved Filipino soaps. Oh my god, so dramatic! I mean I watch European drama shows…but it’s not this emotional and exaggeratedly dramatic!
I am absolutely in love with the Windy City. Maybe it’s because I was born here. Or maybe because I truly belong in the hustle and bustle of the city. Don’t get me wrong, I love my life back in Orlando, but I think I’ll move here after UCF. But hey, I’m going to Europe next summer and I might say the same thing about Europe! But realistically, it’s Chi-town 2015 😉
Oh well, I’m excited for what tomorrow brings!