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Solo Exploring

by Meghann on September 15, 2012

Holy amazing weather, Batman!

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First of all, I love Chicago. I especially love Chicago in September. The temps were in the mid-seventies and humidity was nowhere to be found all day. What is this weather? Is this fall? I love it!

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My room wasn’t ready when I first arrived, so I set out to explore the city.

First to Jamba Juice.

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I had hoped they would have pumpkin smoothies out by now, but they did not. Sadness. They did have new veggie smoothie/juices that looked good. I ordered a small of the apple ‘n’ greens (minus the bananas).

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It was pretty good. Not pumpkin good, but it did the trick.

Then I headed to the Anytime Fitness Expo to pick up my badge.

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I’m VIP yo! :)

Also, side note, did you know Anytime Fitness will pay if you get a running man tattoo? True story. Well, I’m not 100% sure if this is only for Anytime Fitness owners/employees or not, but they did have a booth set up at the exhibit hall where you could get a free tattoo.

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I had to say, this wins for most interesting conference swag I’ve ever seen.

And, nope, I did not get a tattoo. I think I’m good on tattoos for now. ;)

After grabbing my badge, I was free to explore the city.

I had lunch at Hannah’s Bretzel

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(ordered the turkey and cheddar on a pretzel bun – yum!)

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Then decided I wanted to go for a long walk.

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So I walked.

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And walked.

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And walked. And walked. And walked.

Until I ended up at the Lincoln Park Zoo.

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I was looking for things to do in the area and Yelp led me here. I’m so glad it did, what an adorable zoo smack in the middle of Chicago.

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Unfortunately my legs were so tired of walking, that I didn’t get to spend a lot of time exploring. I did get to see a little and what I did was amazing. I’ll have to come back again and stay longer next time.

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I made it back to my room just in time to sneak in a quick nap before the 80s themed Anytime Fitness party at the Navy Pier.

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Loved the band. You can’t beat a good 80s cover band. No siree.

Alright. It’s been a long day and tomorrow is going to be even longer. Time to sleep!

Good Night!

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