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7/4/15 - Cleveland to Chicago

What a fun Fourth of July! We started our day nice and early heading out from Cleveland at about 4:30 to make sure we were in Chicago by lunch time. After a nice long drive we arrived at another Parent sponsor house where we were surprised with a delicious Fourth of July barbecue meal courtesy of the Straka family. Their son David was a BAM team member in 2014 and organized this stop. After that, we unloaded our gear and tools at their house, and drove into Chicago. 

Chicago skyline as we entered the city

Chicago skyline as we entered the city

Our second surprise was that the Straka family had scored us all tickets to see the Chicago White Sox play at U.S. cellular Stadium. 

The view from our center-field seats  

The view from our center-field seats  

We got to watch the stadium's Fourth of July celebration, stadium fireworks, the White Sox beating the Orioles by a single run, and even got to leave with some free souvenirs thanks to it being free bobble head day at the park.

Bobby Jenks - pitcher that helped the White Sox beat the Astros In 2005 and win Chicago their first World Series title since 1917

Bobby Jenks - pitcher that helped the White Sox beat the Astros In 2005 and win Chicago their first World Series title since 1917

After the game we took the green line into the heart of Chicago to check out the sights. As an architecture major, saying I was a little overwhelmed would be an understatement. The skyline alone was pretty incredible to see. 

Just one of the many skyline pictures I took downtown  

Just one of the many skyline pictures I took downtown  

I got a chance to visit the Chicago architecture center (really just more of a gift shop) but I didn't get to stay long since apparently not many other guys are interested in looking at flooring samples and architecture history books for a half hour. The coolest sight though had to be seeing all of the new work to renovate Millenium Park. With a big focus on universal design (the idea that all amenities should be equally Accessible to people with disabilities instead of just having separate handicapped ones) the park really has some incredible sights. 

Jay Pritzker pavilion and the Harris Theater for Music and Dance.  

Jay Pritzker pavilion and the Harris Theater for Music and Dance.  

Winding, serpentine path across the street that allows full ADA wheelchair compliance and a fun walk through the park

Winding, serpentine path across the street that allows full ADA wheelchair compliance and a fun walk through the park

The rock climbing structures as taken from the cement roller skating track that wraps around them

The rock climbing structures as taken from the cement roller skating track that wraps around them

The slide crater - part of the children's area with giant play structures located in a big sunken crater that's all covered in soft rubber play turf material with slides along the edges

The slide crater - part of the children's area with giant play structures located in a big sunken crater that's all covered in soft rubber play turf material with slides along the edges

The skyline after the fireworks show at the lakeside

The skyline after the fireworks show at the lakeside

Tomorrow we begin the last leg of our longest drive between camps to camp wawbeek, our second summer camp build location. 

 

- Ryker Belnap  

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