Believe it or not, I do sometimes do other things than just sit in my apartment. I actually go out into the city I live in: Chicago.
Shocking, I know.
When I moved, one of the things that really excited me was the endless opportunities of things to do. There is a list of typical touristy things that I wanted to make sure I did, as well as some things that just looked fun. Just because I live here doesn’t mean I can’t put on my fanny pack now and then, right?
Which led to the Bucket List. My friend Anne created it with another friend, and I kind of invited myself along. You know, as one does. There are so many typical Chicago things to do, and not nearly enough time!
Thankfully though, the last few weeks have offered some free time (thanks to catering season being sloooowwww) and I managed to get a few things done:
After missing out on ice-skating the first time, my friend Brianna and I paid a little visit to Millennium Park and the infamous Bean back in December. It was an unusually humid and warm, so the city was coated in fog a la Typical Chicago, resulting in some really eerie pictures.
If you’re able to go in daylight, I highly recommend it. Make sure you take super touristy mirror selfies of yourself in the Bean, or you can just be weird and go for the “The Pisa” like I did circa Summer 2014.
Ice Skating at Maggie Daley Park
Right near the usual little rink in Millennium Park, there is a larger ice ribbon in Maggie Daley Park. After an accidental fancy dinner at Tavern on the Park, where Anne and I, (AKA two broke girls) split two appetizers next to tables of established adults who ordered $30 steaks– it was time to test our skills.
I actually took figure skating lessons when I was young, so I was super excited to go skating again. Apparently skating is NOT like riding a bike, as I learned. We hugged the railing the first few laps, and got passed by 10 year olds, which was definitely not a blow to the ego or anything.
Thankfully, as things got more comfortable, I started trying to go “fast”, skate on one foot, and go backwards. I’m proud to say neither of us fell, though I did almost, but caught myself rather impressively. Also managed to take a bow for all the on-lookers who were laughing at me after almost-falling. Happy to entertain, ya know?
Ice Skating at Maggie Daley is free if you supply your own skates, or $12 to rent them. Though it was a workout (my butt still hurts and this was 3 days ago?) I would definitely go again.
Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind
Got treated to an improv show! In celebration of our 5-year Friendiversary, Amanda I went out for drinks and then a show in Andersonville.
(Let’s all take a moment to grieve for my pale princess skin tone. It’s only January, and it’s only going to get worse. #INeedATan!)
The group is called the Neo-Futurists, and they put on a show where they try to complete 30 plays in 60 minutes. It was a mix of a little bit of everything, but mostly humor. It was really funny, and also had some super touching parts. Fun Fact: This show has been running since November 1988, making it the longest running show in Chicago. The plays change every week and are written by the performers. They’ve premiered over 9,000 2-minute plays since the show opened 27 years ago!
For me, the highlight was definitely a skit about the MegaBus, where they specifically mentioned “Toledo, Ohio” as being crappy and in the middle-of-nowhere, and I died laughing. Even in Chicago, everyone knows.
If you live in Chicago, I highly recommend coming to check them out. It was a cool show, and you could tell the actors really love what they do, which always makes it more fun to watch.
Next up on the Chicago Bucket List is a deep dish pizza tour, and some other things that don’t excite me nearly as much as the idea of a deep dish pizza tour. Pizza? Yes, please!
Got any ideas for things to add to our Chicago Bucket list? Leave them in the comments!