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