The second week in October, Tim had an orientation for his upcoming program at Northwestern, so we got to spend a beautiful few days in the Windy City! We flew in to Chicago from Tokyo to discover that the Chicago marathon was that day — we felt as if we were the only people in the city who hadn’t run the race in which they had unusual 84 degree heat.
The next day we explored the city and took an afternoon architecture tour on the Chicago River (highly recommend it!). Chicago really reflects the history of American architecture as most building were burned during the 1871 fire and the city was strategically built from the ground up. We learned about art deco style, contextualization, and the history behind each style. One of the newest buildings is the Trump tower (the tall shiny building in the middle of the picture) which was just recently finished.
Tim spent the week orienting to the NUPOC program at Northwestern. Unlike the rest of the University up in Evanston, the medical school is downtown and Tim’s building, where he will do the clinical portion of his studies, is smack in between Michigan Avenue and Lake Michigan! While Tim oriented, Ashley took the El out to surrounding neighborhoods to scout out a place to live next spring — Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, Wrigleyville (any more suggestions?).
And don’t worry, we didn’t leave Chicago without having an expensive drink at the lounge at the top of the John Hancock building and the cookie sundae at Jake Melnik’s! While we are really excited to spend the winter in Knoxville with Ashley’s family (and NOT in Chicago where is will inevitably be below freezing at all times), we are excited to see what life will look like for the VanOss’ in this great Midwest city next April.