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A weekend in Windy City

July 9, 2014 - Brett Van Waus
Last weekend I had the privilege of spending my Fourth of July in one of the nation’s most populated cities, Chicago.

I went to Chicago as my boyfriend’s date to see the Dave Matthew’s Band concert on Friday and Saturday night at First Merit Bank Pavilion with a group of friends— it was an amazing weekend.

Before we went to the concert we had to stop by Portillo’s, a Chicago favorite, to get an Italian Beef sandwich and a signature cake shake.

We stayed at the Congress Plaza Hotel. I loved the architecture and it was very close to the venue. The hotel is very historical and rumored to be haunted. Al Capone had a suite on the top floor where he stayed.

On the mile walk to First Merit Bank Pavilion thousands of other people walked along the road with us in Dave Matthew’s Band t-shirts. One man even had the signature Dave Matthew’s Band fire dancer tattooed on his leg.

Both days of the concert we had lawn seating. Nobody really sat in the lawn, we stood, danced and drank $15 cocktails (ridiculous pricing). We actually couldn’t see the stage at all but watched it on the enormous screen. You could hear the violin, saxophone, guitar and Dave perfectly.

My favorite day out of the two was the first day. He played my favorite songs and I had a perfect view of the Chicago skyline behind the venue to the left, fireworks filled the sky on the right and I was dancing all night. It was surreal.

We did other fun things in Chicago like eat delicious pancakes, take photos by the Bean, go shopping in the city and the outlet mall, eat deep dish pizza and of course, more Portillo’s.

My weekend was phenomenal. I have to thank John, my boyfriend, for giving this wonderful weekend.

I can’t wait to visit again!



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