My Chicago Trip

I honestly love the city! I love the way the sun shines off the tall buildings, I love the diversity, there are just so many people! I want to live in the city when I’m older.  (New York not Chicago) We arrived late Friday night. We were exhausted after being trapped in a car for eight hours, after all, there are six of us. I had been watching the Netflix the whole drive. 

We arrived at the hotel and met up with my grandparents, Grandma and Pap. Adele and I would sleep in Grandma and Pap’s room with them because there wasnt enough room for all of us in one hotel room. We tried to crash that first night, or at least I tried, Adele passed out right away, but we were sleeping on a pull out couch and the bed springs were pushing in my back. Pap offered to switch with me because he was sleeping in the master bed with Grandma. I felt horrible saying yes, but he insisted. My Grandpa Pap is selfless. 

I slept in that morning. I really needed it. My dad, Adele, and Pap had gone out to get donuts from this really good place called Do Right Donuts, but I couldn’t have any because I had given them up for Lent. I awoke and had a blueberry muffin, oatmeal, fruit, and some horrible hotel coffee. Seriously! It tasted nasty!

Pap and I went for a walk after eating breakfast. I was to eager to get out and enjoy the city to wait for everyone to get dressed so we walked. We looked around for the church we would be going to on city. I swear to God, we could not find it for the life of us! We were using Google maps and still our attempts were fruitless. We gave up and decided to just walk around. When we did that we walked right into it!

Pap found this monument for the company his dad used to work for so he took a picture of it. We were walking around for about in hour, but that was more than enough time for me to fall in love. I was truly in love with the city. It was so perfect, everything about it! I could picture my future in a city. I loved the thought. 

Pap and I walked back and pretty soon we headed out as a family. We headed to Millinium Park and saw the Bean. I love the Bean! It is just so beautiful. We took so many pictures. 

We then continued to walk to Shedd aquarium. Adele and I were doing this weird thing where we talk in British accents whenever we go on vacation. We’re weird like that I guess. It’s funny though because people always look at us weirdly. We do it to get a reaction from a stranger and it usually works. 

We walked by the lake to get to Shedd. In the lake their was a dead bird. It was funny because Eddie pointed at a glove and was like, “Is that a dead bird?” And my mom was like, “Oh yeah! It is!” And Eddie was like, “Nevermind, it’s just a glove.” And my mom was like, “No, that’s defienatly a dead bird.” The thing is, they were looking in two different places. My brother saw the glove on the sidewalk and the dead bird was floating in the water. It was funny. Except for the fact that the bird was dead. 

Anyways, we arrived at Shedd and were all very hungry from the long walk. There was a hotdog stand that was basically calling our name. I got a Chicago veggie dog and it was absolutely delicious, except the hotdog had these really spicy peppers and I can’t handle spicy. I was fine once my mouth cooled down. 

After eating we went to wait in the long line to get into Shedd. We eventually got inside. There were so many sea animals! There were this creepy fish that were transparent and basically looked like floating eyes. It was so creepy! My favorite was the sea otter. It was so cute! He kept on doing all of these little flips! The Dolphins were really pretty too. 

We left Shedd and walked to the Willis Tower. We wanted to go on the sky deck lodge thing, but it was a three hour wait so we decided to head back tommorow, early in the morning, so not many people are there. 

We left Willis tired and hungry. We decided to go eat at the famous Chicago style pizza place Lou Malnatis. Also known as a front for the Illumanti. Just kidding… Or am I. 

We walked through the city, looking at all of the ginormous buildings. I once again felt infatuated. I kept on thinking about living in a city as an adult, either New York or here. I just adore the city. 

We arrived at Lou Malnatis and sat down. Adele and I were bored so we concocted a story about the waiters and waitresses, looking at them and pretending like we knew what was going on in their lives. Our main character was named Dorito. He had a huge crush on Ombre, but was afraid to ask her out. I think Dorito noticed is staring at him because he seemed to get a little weirded out. It was really funny though.

We walked back to the hotel, but Adele, Mom, and I stopped at this giant Sephora on Michigan to get some make up. This really nice lady did my make up. She taught me how to do my eyebrows and gave me Anastasia Brow Powder. It works so well and looks so realistic! I could not thank her enough! 

Adele got a makeover too. She just did this really easy eye look. I’m so jealous of Adeles lashes though! They’re so long! 

We left after getting a lot of products. We then headed back to the hotel and crashed. 

We had to wake up very early that morning to go to church. We had found a very pretty church close to our hotel. It was very hot and stuffy inside though. The priest had a very deep voice which made it hard to understand him, but he seemed like a nice guy. After receiving Communion, Eddie made a funny remark, “Jesus tastes better in Chicago.” It was funny. We then headed back to the hotel and ate breakfast there. 

We got to taxis to take us to Willis early that morning. I feel like our taxi driver took advantage of the fact we were tourists and took the longest route to Willis to get more money because the drive was awfully long and we took all of these weird turns. I didn’t mind too much though. 

Willis hadn’t even opened yet by the time we arrived. It was set to open in 15 minutes and we were one of the first people there so there would be no wait. We played heads up to make the time fly by. I love that game.

Looking down over the city from Willis Tower was one of the coolest things I have ever done. It was so beautiful and a little bit chilling! I thought it would break underneath me! Luckily it didn’t. 

We got many pictures, I’ll include one or two of them in the bottom of this post. 

Next we walked around to Chicago and then went back to the hotel to get ready for Hamilton. I was so excited! I put on my Hamilton shirt and did my hair. Pretty soon my dreams would come true and I would see the best show in the World. 

We took a taxi to the theatre. We went in and my dad had accidentally ordered this suite. We got all this free stuff, like food and drinks. Also we got a personal bathroom which was amazing because everyone had to wait like an hour to go to the bathroom. 

I got an amazing seat. I was the front row of the platform so I could see everything! I started crying of happiness and amazement by the first song. Everyone did amazing, but my favorite characters were Layfayette /Jefferson played by the amazing Chris Lee (I may have stalked his Instagram a little bit) and the King who was so funny! 

At the end of the show, when Burr shot, the bullet moved in slow motion (there wasn’t actually a bullet, Burr shot and this girl pretended to grab the bullet) and on the stage was scenes of Hamilton’s life. I wish I could see it 1,000,000,000,000 more times at least! I loved everything about the show! 

I bought a Hamilton baseball hat as a souvenir. I loved the show so much. Also, the Wayne Brady was our Aaron Burr! I love Wayne Brady so much! He is so funny on Whose Line is it Anyways! There was this one time in the Room Where it Happens where Burr jumps up on this table and then while he’s jumping they pulled the table cloth from underneath him and the table was reflecting him. If that happened to me, I’d trip! 

I don’t even understand how people did the dances! They looked so hard and tiring! I wish I could dance, but sadly I can’t. I’m literally the worst dancer!

I was so sad when we left the theatre. We went to eat at this Italian place. My food was so good, but I was sad because Hamilton was over. We then went to this chocolate place and I got a delicious banana split! It was so good!

We left Chicago the next day! I was devastated! I wanted to stay forever. I left part of me in that city. 

Stay Gold,

Josie

This is us sitting in Willis Tower above the city. Can you tell what’s happening in this picture?

Outside of Hamilton. I still miss it!

Let’s Get Political: The Gender Wage Gap

Many things today are greatly exaggerated by the media. Sure, there may be some truth, but things are exaggerated. Let’s take the gender wage gap. According to CNN, women are making 78.6 cents to a mans dollar which costs college educated woman 800,000 dollars in the long run according to pay equity.org. If woman would save so much money for the same job, why would money hungry companies hire men? If a company wanted to save money and women cost less, wouldn’t they just hire women. You may think, Oh, these companies are obviously just sexist, but I don’t think money hungry business sharks really care about a person sex, I think they’re more focused on money. 

Let’s think about how people find this 20 cent wage gap. According to pay-equity.org, in the year 2015 the average income for women was $40,742 and the average income for men was $51,212. This is a quote from the website defending the wage gap that I will proceed to use against them, “Rounding off the figures shows women’s earnings now at 80 percent of men’s…” The article goes on to say that women make a little less than 80 cents for a man’s dollar. 

Does something about that seem a little bit off to you? It sure does to me. They found that statistic through the income, not taking into account the different jobs or different training or extra experience to those holding the jobs. 

According to a Georgetown university survey, used in the Washington Post, the top ten mst high paying jobs at that college were dominated by men, while the lowest paying jobs were dominated by women. I’m not saying that all women are more interested in those lower paying jobs such as psychology, more women hold those jobs than men which is good because we need psychologists. 

In the end though, there still is a gender wage gap. It’s not as big as so-called “reporters” like Buzzfeed make it out to be. (Seriously, it you’re going to get news from somewhere, please don’t get it from this over exaggerated, biased site who all the best people left anyways, not trying to quote Donald Trump or anything, but “Fake news!”) Let’s get back to the fact that there still is a gender wage gap though. It’s not nearly as large, but it’s there and it shouldn’t be. Even if the gender wage gap was 99.9 cents for women and 1.00 dollar for men, it’d still be wrong. (I’m not saying that that’s the wage gap.)

Anyways, I was in an argumentive mood, so there’s some politics! 

Stay Gold,

Josie