Here, finally, are photos from our trip last week. I went to the APAGSO conference to present a paper while Simon made a visit to a datacenter. We managed to do some sightseeing and eating before and after I made the 3 hour trek down to Urbana-Champaign for the conference and campus visit. It was great to be able to walk to all the major sites in the city but it was hovering around -1 C plus windchill. You don't actually feel a lot of wind but trust me, something was making it feel a hell of a lot colder than -1. I had leggings on under my jeans and five layers of shirts on top. We had to buy touques (what the hell do you call those in American, wooly hats?) and mits and ear muffs. I think I'm definitely more of a west coast kinda gal.
Dinner our first night in Chicago at a Brazilian Churrascaria, i.e. all you can eat meat
Next morning I headed down to UI Urbana Champaign for the APAGSO Conference where it was "Unofficial St. Paddy's Day" AKA day that students go to classes drunk at 9am
After day 1 of the conference we went out for drinks in Urbana. Here's me with Dean, my panel respondent and fellow SF State grad student (Ethnic Studies) and Ryan on my left, University of Chicago (History)
The night I got back the first thing we did was grab some deep dish pizza at Lou Malnati's
The crust is buttery and flaky like pie crust
This is Wells Street at night. We did a self guided midnight walking tour of the city in freezing temperatures. Good thing we found the South Loop Bar at the end of it for a drink.
Sunday was all about sight seeing. Here we are at Millennium Park checking out the kidney shaped reflective structures
Here I am at Millennium Park in front of the huge fountain that displays the faces of folks from Chicago. It's kinda creepy.
This is Michigan Avenue, the main drag. Architecture here is crazy!
And the only souvenir we brought back. It's a doormat in case you can't tell.