I think everyone has a city they gravitate towards. Some leave their hearts in San Francisco or they want to be a part of it in New York, but for me, my first love is Chicago. It has played a part in many a childhood summer for me, and it has supplied me with many happy memories of my Gramps and step-Grandma Ninna. So it required very little arm-twisting on my husband’s part to take a long weekend to visit that city and see a Rush concert to celebrate our nine year anniversary. (Steve knows that I’m more likely to say yes to a Rush concert if he includes travel.) I typed up my lesson plans, found a good sub who would implement them, and on Thursday, left with my hubs.
Chicago is a great city to spend two days in– it’s not like New York or Washington, D.C. where there’s just so much that you feel cheated if you leave. You can easily spend a week in the Windy City, but two days is a good amount of time to get a good feel of it. It’s very pedestrian friendly with wide sidewalks and nothing is that far away (if it is, there are plenty of cabs and trains to get you there). This trip was not just a great way to get away from everything, but it also helped me snap out of the funk that has ensnared me the last couple of months. But good weather, beautiful buildings and art, nice meals, a few drinks, a day at the ballpark, and a great concert will do that to you.