PHOTO DIARY: CHICAGO

flying overnight into chicago, we arrived at o’hare airport around 5am. best believe i was pretty wrecked!

 

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o’hare airport. so nice!!

 

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breakfast at 5am – french toast bagel! soo good!

 

 

we made our way to lichan’s friends place in Lakeview [thankyou again!] which was, ridiciously, BALLER! pretty thankful we had such a nice place to chill out in [although initially it was damn tiring gettinig there – heavy heavy luggage and 4-5 flights of stairs just dont help] because we were incredibly worn out from the first 4 jampacked days on minimal sleep. i slept the majority of my time in chicago! hahahaha.

 

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living room…

 

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kitchen..

 

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master bedroom…

 

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view from the rooftop balcony…

 

after passing out for a few hours in the afternoon, we wandered out – and found a neighbourhood music festival down the road. sweet!

 

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music and food and beer everywhere haha…

 

stayed for a lil while to look around, then made our way off to the city…

 

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random photo near the subway station….awesome light effects. dSLR win.

 

went down to the Magnificent Mile, supposedly the shopping strip in downtown? it was Memorial Day weekend, so i was hoping, and expecting for AWESOME sales! …cant say  found too many though=/

took us a long while wandering around to actually find which building was a shopping centre  – i blame my sleep deprivation haha=P

 

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awesome street busker…i think the majority of the crowd didnt realise he only moves IF YOU GIVE HIM MONEY. so he stayed ‘frozen’ for a lot of the time because people didnt pay up bahaha.

 

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still walking around trying to find places haha…

 

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WOW bao in one of the shopping centres – wholemeal edamame! it was good.

 

found a lego store inside. mr poojou got excited.

 

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chicago made of lego!~ so cool.

 

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loooots of people..

 

 

originally, we hoped to buy college jumpers in san francisco [stanford was the aim] – but were unable to find a store that stocked them….but! came across a Campus Colours shop that stocked pretty much everything in chicago. win! totally pretended i went to boston and bought a harvard jumper=P [note: the jumpers are legit, not copies:)]

 

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…more shopping…

 

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what chu know about hope. haha.

 

came back locally to chill at the music festival [awesome cover band was performing and getting the crowd hype!] and get food to eat:D

 

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mixed sampler plate…greek maybe? it was good:D

 

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cheese fries.

 

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italian beef. nothing special.

 

 

 

 

day 2! after seeing the movie ‘the vow’ [which sorry to say, i found super mediocre…] all i wanted to do was see the Chicago Art Institute – so that was the aim for the day, given i was unable to see my local friend there=[

 

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view from the train…

 

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i spy you arts institute!

 

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them tickets.

 

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like this shot. walking through to the feature exhibition.

 

the featured exhibition at the time was pop artist Roy Lichtenstein – was not expecting that, but was super excited to see it! i love cartoon and pop art:D

 

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excitement…

 

wandered around and took some happy snaps of iconic art before entering the exhibition…

 

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mr bean, anyone?

 

 

here we goo….some of the more impressive works we were not allowed to take photos of – the ‘no photography’ plaque on them was pretty small, so i got told off a few times for accidentally happy snapping=[

 

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love this one! super cute~!

 

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if you like it then you better put a ring on it.

 

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pop art nudes. hehe.

 

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chinese traditional paintings, pop art style.

 

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afterwards walked out to find the big shiny chrome thing you always see in movies [which i learnt later is Cloud Gate haha]..

 

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millenium park below!

 

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hi shiny donut thing.

 

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super hot day and there were crowds of people taking photos of themselves in the cloud gate reflection…so we decided to take part hahaha~!

 

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nomz at Panera afterwards – they had a clever buzzer system! instead of the electronic tag buzzing when your food was ready, it was more a tracking unit – the waiter would find you in the cafe using GPS or something…nifty;)

 

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strawberry and chicken salad…it was actually pretty good:D

 

…and back home.

 

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did not realise there was a harlem in chicago until i looked closer at this picture…haha!

 

and of course we had to try the infamous deep dish pizza before we left! we got 2 from Manoltis…and yes i thought it was awesome. not the usual kind of food i eat but it was gooood!!

 

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i liked this one better than the sausage one…

 

 

…then it was packing time, and a few hrs sleep before flying to new york:)

 

 

 

– beckii xo

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