Earlier this month I headed to Chicago, Illinois for my friend Travis and his fiancee’s nuptials at the Cheney Mansion.
side note: Because it also turned out to be on my birthday I decided to make a whole weekend of it and enjoy the sights! I haven’t really been in Chicago since the college tour days and even that was in the dead of winter (two words: lake effect), so I hadn’t really seen the city for almost 6 years. Though the original plans had changed, the trip turned out to be a great success and a fantastic way to celebrate 24 years.
Back to the wedding: While I hadn’t seen Travis and Jonah in three years when I received their invite in the mail earlier this year I was extremely touched and incredibly excited to attend. And let me tell you that the ceremony did not disappoint; the venue was gorgeous, the company was enjoyable, and the evening was filled with love and support. It was extremely touching and was incredibly happy to be there. (Plus the grooms gave me a birthday gift!)
So not only did I get to see old friends take the next big step in their lives, I also got to hang out with some ladies from Jackson who are trying to make their acting dreams come true in the Windy City. Annie and I have been best friends since she transferred to Murrah and we are two of very few alums of our program that are still actively pursuing a career in the arts! The last time I saw her was exactly one year ago on June 9th in New York, so to say I was excited to see her is an understatement. We got brunch at some really cute places in Wrigleyville and even went to a free production of “Taming of the Shrew” in an abandoned bank. What I love about my friendship with Annie is that it doesn’t matter how long it’s been since we’ve seen each other, texted, or had a phone call, our conversations always pick up right where we left off. We talked about Chicago, New York, acting, running, what’s next, what we like and don’t like about our current setups and the plans we have for changing them.
Another Jackson friend I met up with while in Chicago was Mia, a former classmate who is in the city trying to figure out her next step. We reconnected and I got to see her really great apartment, and after brunch we headed to Wrigley Field for the Cubs/Pirates game and did some shopping downtown, before I ventured off and walked through Millennium Park.
I spent my last day at the Art Institute where I got to take in their breathtaking collection of Impressionist art and their special exhibit of paper silhouettes that depicted race and gender issues in America. (if you’re in the Chicago-area definitely check it out it’s very powerful stuff)
All in all my weekend in Chicago was a great one! I had reunions with old friends and got reacquainted with a city I’ve visited in the past. Can’t wait to see where my other summer travels will take me!!!