Since last Wednesday, my apartment has played hotel to two different friends from college who had to be in Chicago for interviews. While I’m 100% sure nearly any bed in any hotel in Chicago is infinitely more comfortable than my futon, I’m also 100% every hotel in Chicago costs more than $0, so I was happy to help my friends out.
My first friend was only in town Wednesday and Thursday, so I didn’t see much of her due to my work schedule. The other friend, however, was in town over the weekend, which gave me the perfect excuse to play tourist on Saturday and Sunday.
After drying out and warming up from the Jingle Bell 5K, my weekend friend, another college friend and I all headed downtown to catch a showing of Life of Pi. I actually had little interest in seeing the movie ahead of time, but with nothing else to do that day I was happy to go to a movie for the first time since I moved to Chicago six months ago. All three of us were impressed with the movie and found it to be visually stunning. I’m no movie critic, but I definitely thought Life of Pi was worth two hours of my Saturday.
After the movie, the three of us trekked up to Lincoln Park and met up with my roommate at Pars Cove, a Persian and Mediterranean restaurant. The vibe was a little more date night than girls night, but the four of us had a great time anyway. The food was full of flavor and the price was perfectly reasonable, especially considering that the menu made it sound like the price we paid only covered our entree, but we ended up getting a sampler platter, soup, and dessert in addition to our entree for just the entree price. To top it off, the owner brought over roses for all four of us after the meal, which was definitely a first for me.
We spent a long time at dinner and called it a night as soon as we paid the bill. Because of that, our original Saturday night post-dinner plan became our Sunday post-dinner plan: Zoo Lights!
I love Christmas lights, so I felt like a kid in a candy store at Zoo Lights. It didn’t quite beat Garden d’Lights in Bellevue for Coolest Thing I’ve Ever Seen, but it was definitely a close second. I couldn’t stop raving about how pretty everything looked as we wandered around. Zoo Lights even rivaled my Friday evening homeward journey, where the greatest thing of my life happened:
I caught the Holiday Train!
I had looked at the schedule and thought there might be a chance the train would be where I needed it to be after packet pickup, but a slow running bus all but dashed my hopes of some serious CTA holiday cheer. As it turned out, the train was running off schedule anyway, so I was able to catch the train and experience all of its seasonal glory.
Have you done any fun or seasonal things for the holidays yet?
Have you seen the Life of Pi?