I’m pleased to say that I was able to start off my day at a reasonable hour this morning, waking up energized and well-rested at 8:20 AM. After getting ready, I proceeded to make my way to the hotel lobby, Tamilyn and Rochelle in tow. Once everyone had gathered within the lobby, we set off, stopping by Starbucks for a quick breakfast of breakfast pastries and Frappuccino’s along the way.
With breakfast finished with, we decided to pass the afternoon enjoying Navy Pier. After taking in the view of the Pier’s majestic shoreline, we went onto explore Navy Pier’s adjoining amusement park and it’s various attractions; first, we took a ride on the pier’s 150-foot Ferris wheel, followed by a ride on a carousel, and lastly, a walk through Navy Pier’s indoor botanical garden, the Crystal Gardens.
At 12:30 PM, we hopped on the bus towards to our next destination—the University of Chicago. We proceeded to check-in within the University of Chicago’s Office of College Admissions, Rosenwald Hall. Upon arriving at Rosenwald Hall, we found out that we had arrived early, and so we chose to take advantage of our newfound free time by taking lunch break, selecting one of the University’s three dining halls as our eatery of choice. I was surprised to see the wide selection of choices being offered to student body, with over a dozen different restaurants being packed within one small corridor. Eventually, I settled on a small platter of assorted sushi. In the meantime, we also passed some time inside the University of Chicago’s student store, browsing and purchasing as we pleased before finally returning to Rosenwald Hall. Although the information session had still yet to commence, we were able to briefly meet with one of our dinner guests, Callie M. Brown, who welcomed us to the campus and kindly gifted us with free University of Chicago T-Shirts.