I was able to visit my good friend in Chicago again this year. One of our other friends joined us this time and we decided it would be a hoot to book a Segway tour in Hyde Park. We were right. It was an absolute riot. I learned that Segways are harder to drive than I had anticipated, but in the end we all successfully maneuvered up and down hills, around potholes and were able to stop and get off (which is also tricky). I had to remind myself a few times to not get too big of a head in regards to my awesome skills. I did not want to get over-confident and fall and embarrass myself/break my camera. So I successfully leaned into my turns, bent my legs over bumps and dutifully watched for potholes and cracks.
Our tour guide led us to a beautiful view of the skyline, a wonderful Japanese garden, an art gallery, the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House, and The University of Chicago to name a few. We would stop at times and view/tour the sites, or I would blind-snap a photo as we whizzed by....no easy feat I tell ya.
Speaking of food, we also managed to squeeze in deep dish pizza, and (after a two hour lost fiasco) a return to Hoosier Mama Pie Company.
Next we found a Salvation Army in one of the more rough parts of town. It ended up being really awesome and we shopped for ages. It was three stories full of thrifting. Awesome. I ended up with some amazing Gap pants and they fit...which was also amazing as there were no fitting rooms and I had to guess. I also loved the exposed brick roads.
We wandered through beautiful chocolate shops, ate gelato and enjoyed the ambiance thoroughly. 'Twas wondrous. We also stopped by some quaint roadside farm markets for some tasty sweet corn. My the Midwest is beautiful and green. I have decided I should never leave my house and then I will never be jealous of that green color in the outdoors that I see so infrequently.