Despite many proclamations from my father that I shouldn’t go to Chicago because I was pregnant, we went to Chicago and loved it!
I’m not exactly sure when and how all this started, but at some point last year I along Daniel and my two good friends Sheena and Joy formed a running and traveling club.
Sheena, my most athletic friend and a former college basketball player, helped me start running very slowly and very short distances in late 2008. While slumbering partying with Joy during an early 2009 visit to see her in DC, she confessed she had been thinking about running (at that point she was walking), and I encouraged her to do so. Then in late 2009, Daniel too decided to run. We finally all ran together this year at the Rock n’ Roll Mardi Gras Half Marathon in New Orleans. Thus the running and traveling group was born.
It was decided that we should aim for two races a year and meet for mini-vacays across the country. Our second race of this year was the Monster Dash in Chicago. The races were as different as the cities, but we managed to have ridiculous amounts of fun at both events. Here is some photo evidence of what we did in Chicago:
We arrived on Thursday afternoon and left Sunday morning. In between, we visited the Art Institute of Chicago, walked through the free and fun Lincoln Park Zoo, enjoyed an Architectural Cruise, caught a city sponsored Halloween Circus performance, rode to the top of the Sears (now Willis) Tower, ran in costume at the Monster Dash, visited the Adler Planetarium, and caught a late show of live comedy at Second City. In between all of that we ate Greek, Filipino, Cuban, and more. Most of the time I had my camera handy, so thus begins the Chicago posts.