Last Friday, I decided to take a trip to Chicago, one last time, for the year was out. This time, I wanted to check out Chicago at night, like old times.. except by myself. It was nice, but I gotta say: 1. I better take a coat with me next time I go downtown during the fall and winter, and not just a velvet jacket, cause temps in Chicago (In the downtown and lakefront area) are a lot cooler than the suburban area, 2. Never wear flats or even heels while walking downtown, and 3. Be sure to catch the earliest train time.. or else, I’ll be stuck in Chicago for the night, or worse, walk from Harvey all the way home at night. X(
My main goal was to sit at Starbucks and do homework and study for the midterms, but I decided to do an unexpected photo shoot of my trip to Downtown Chicago.. at night. I did do my homework and study along the way though.
Surprisingly, while I was walking from Van Buren Street, I stumbled upon 11th street/Museum Campus. I never knew that I could easily reach 11th street via Van Buren Street by just walking a different direction, but I actually did.
If I were to walk further, I would’ve either hit the rest of 11th Street/Museum Campus, or stumble upon the South Side (I.E. Hyde Park, ect.). I would’ve turned right back around, cause I didn’t wanna travel too far.
While I was walking around, I saw the Sears—ahem, I’m sorry—the WILLIS Tower (Bleh). It was an amazing sight to see. I would’ve check out the place, but I didn’t wanna venture too far from Van Buren Street… which in reality, I did towards the end of the trip.
There was a law school right across from this Barnes and Noble Starbucks Café that I was studying and doing homework at. Yes, there’s a Barnes and Noble in Chicago. I was shocked to find one.. I think this is the only Barnes and Noble that’s near me. Also, I had hot chocolate to warm me up. It was good.
Nighttime! By the way, you see that purple-ish thingy at the top of the building? I found out Saturday that Chicago’s celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and they have some of the buildings pink for the month. That’s really awesome!!
The temp when I took this shot. Yes, I was kinda cold, but when you’re trying to find your way back to a street and you’re amazed by the night lights of a city, you don’t feel the cold.. or your feet hurting at all.
Guess what I stumbled upon while I was walking back to the train station? The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME Group)!!! I always wanted to find this place, and I actually found it!!! That just made my night. One day I will check it out.. and possibly work at this place.
After some 19 mins of trying to make my way back to Van Buren Street, I finally made it.. and check it out: One of the buildings have the pink ribbon (It’s cut off due to the trees, and I would’ve gotten a closer and better shot of it, but I didn’t have time to get a picture of it) and the lights are pink too!