Holy amazing weather, Batman!
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!
My room wasn’t ready when I first arrived, so I set out to explore the city.
First to Jamba Juice.
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).
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.
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.
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
(ordered the turkey and cheddar on a pretzel bun – yum!)
Then decided I wanted to go for a long walk.
So I walked.
And walked. And walked. And walked.
Until I ended up at the Lincoln Park Zoo.
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.
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.
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.
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!