I don’t like incredibly short trips, but when I booked my trip to Chicago I wasn’t sure what my work situation would be and I didn’t want to have to ask for time off at a new job if I didn’t have to. Hence, a 36 hour trip to the Windy City.
The biggest downside was that since I was going for The Independent Sector Conference, I was to be inside for the majority of the trip and couldn’t explore very much of the city. I did get a couple of things in, however, so here they are:
1) I took the train, albeit with a tiny bit of help!
2) We walked a little bit of the city on our way to and from brunch, the only meal eaten outside of the hotel.
|3) We (my friend Moree and I) ate brunch at a place called the Grand Lux Cafe. The mocha I had was delicious and the red velvet pancakes with chocolate chips and cream cheese frosting were amazing.|
|4) From the Swissotel, where the conference was held, we had this incredible view of the Navy Pier. You could take a water taxi out to see it up close for only $4. We almost did this but the weather was a little chilly and I didn’t have the right outdoor attire with me.|
As for the rest of the weekend, it was spent learning about networking, harnessing your personal power, managing change in the workplace and actually networking with non-profit, foundation and public sector professionals. It may have not been the most relaxing activity to take part in during my only weekend off from school, but like I was just saying a few posts ago, I’m a sucker for a challenge. Thanks for checking in!