I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many people gathered in the streets before.
This week was cheerful and happy. On Thursday our teacher Sharon took my classmates and I to the South Side of Chicago. We visited South Loop by car and went to a restaurant near Hyde Park. The food was Mediterranean, and although I was not particularly familiar with that style, it didn’t taste all that different from what I’ve been eating my whole life. It was very good and we had a great time with Sharon, her husband, and her friends. They were all really nice, cool, and funny. I think we were all happy to be there. It was a great experience and I’m glad I was able to have a fun time with my friends and teacher.
This week we also visited the Maker Lab at the Harold Washington Chicago Public Library with our teacher, Gillian, and one of our program coordinators, Joanne. We met Mr. Mark Anderson, the director of learning and economic advancement for the Chicago Public Library. He explained to us that the Maker Lab offers free classes to anyone who wishes to create something and print it with a 3D printer. The Chicago Public Library won a Chicago Innovation Award for the creation of the lab, and while we were there we saw many well-crafted little pieces of art that had been 3D printed.
Mr. Anderson also took us and our teacher Gillian to visit the music department of the library. I didn’t realize just how huge the library was at first, but it’s massive—both on the outside and the inside. They even have special rehearsal rooms for artists to practice their instruments. It’s pretty amazing how all of these resources are available for the people of Chicago.
We also went to Winter Garden, which was a very nice part of the library. We saw designs of what the library could have looked like. They were really awesome models. My favorite one had fountains in front and the subway was going inside and stopping at a library station. That design probably would have cost a whole lot more. It looked more futuristic.
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade also took place in downtown Chicago this week. There were so many people outside. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many people gathered in the streets for an event before. We had a good time and stayed outside enjoying the sun. We also saw the Chicago River dyed green. The very same river that was frozen not so long ago was green with beautiful sunshine overhead. It was a great day to be outside.
Valentine Van Der Slikke
We ate dinner with our teacher and listened to some live music.
This week went by really fast. Our new professors are wonderful and the classes are really interesting. Last night we went out with Sharon, our management teacher. She picked us up with her car and took us to a really cool Mediterranean restaurant in the South Loop. We shared appetizers and entrees. It was great.
After dinner we went to Hyde Park to listen to live music. We went to a club where two guys were onstage rapping. It was really cool. The place wasn’t packed so we could find a table and sit down. We really enjoyed the show. After the rappers finished, another group got onstage and played jazz music, which was great too.
We were all really tired by the end of the night and Sharon took us back home. Today I plan on going to the Museum of Science and Industry and probably also to the Shedd Aquarium, which I’m sure is going to be fun! The weather has been amazing here lately, so it’s the perfect time to walk around and enjoy the city. I hope it stays like this until the end of my stay!
To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Chicago literally becomes a green city.
It’s sunny in Chicago! This week we’ve been enjoying our first sunny and warm days in the city. It’s so awesome and it makes us realize that Chicago really is a different city during the spring and summer time.
This weekend Chicago celebrated Saint Patrick’s Day. This day has started to become famous in some parts of France too, but nothing as huge as here. Chicago literally becomes a green city. They dye the Chicago River green, there was a parade downtown on Saturday, and everyone was wearing green clothing.
On Saturday morning we volunteered for the CEM Marathon, so we were awake early. Because of this, everyone was pretty tired but we wanted to see the river and what was happening for St. Patrick’s Day there. We stayed downtown with my friends and saw part of the parade. It was really funny and very American too. I liked it! Little kids were happy to be there and students were enjoying the day a lot. The streets and restaurants downtown were crowded with people who were enjoying the celebration and the sun.
We walked around during the afternoon and sat around the fountain to chill with my speaker and put on some music. People were really nice and some really appreciated the music. We talked with some young people and they played their music through my speaker and started to dance. We all had a lot of fun.
It was really cool to see all the things available to the people of Chicago.
On Thursday we visited the Chicago Public Library. First we took a tour of a lab where people can print 3D projects and create small objects of all shapes and sizes. It was really interesting. We could see and touch all kinds of printed objects in 3D.
We continued our tour of the library and saw that there were plenty of free computers, practice rooms, lots and lots of books, and a room dedicated to teenagers containing sofas, video game consoles, computers, a 3D printer, musical instruments, and books. It was really cool to see all the things that were available for the people of Chicago.
We also went to the top floor of the library to see The Winter Garden, which was very beautiful. We really felt as though we were outside up there.
Around noon we ate lunch at a restaurant. We had great burgers; I thought the blue cheese burger was the best.
In the afternoon we also volunteered for the CEM Shamrock Shuffle and updated their databases. It was a very sunny and nice day!