Everyone finally arrived and since they were all hungry, they went to grab dinner. Josh and I ate a late lunch, so we walked down to Millennium Park, took pictures at the bean (the only thing I cared about seeing) and then walked to the Navy Pier.
Thursday was so much fun and packed full of activities! We congregated in Yvonne's room (most mornings) for breakfast and headed out on our own double-decker tour bus around the city. We saw all the major attractions and made a couple stops. One being at Lake Michigan. It was an awesome backdrop of the city and pier. Across the street, he showed us Indiana. (I'm still amazed how close all the states are when you get out of the west.)
|The tour guide thought "Chicago Fire" was filming. We later read online that there was a shooting.|
|LaLaPalooza was in town|
Next on our agenda was the Blue Man Group. We didn't really know what to expect, but had heard great things about it. We quickly grabbed some pizza and went to the show. It was nothing what I was expecting, and it looked like the performers were in constant pain (which made me feel uncomfortable haha). The best part of the show was Josh's cousin, Jill, was selected out of the audience and brought up on stage. Jill is someone who doesn't seek attention and purposefully sat towards the middle of her row opposed to the aisle so she wouldn't get selected. She was such a great sport and went along with everything. She was making us laugh so hard, my cheekbones were hurting! When we were leaving the show, people kept telling her what a great job she did. Thanks Jill, for a great show!!!
|Got yelled at while taking this photo|
|Snuck this photo while Jill was up on stage!|
Afterward, the big group of 40+ people, met in the lobby and we all walked to Millennium Park to start a scavenger hunt called, the Labyrinth. It is an underground scavenger hunt around the city. It was extremely difficult and a lot longer than we all expected. It was a cool concept, but I think overall it was more for an older crowd.
|Meeting the guide to our scavenger hunt|
|The Green Team! Travis, Jen, Me, Brynn, Amanda, Hayden, and Rick|
|Figuring out our first clue|
|Figuring out a riddle|
|The missing mix is the one I purchased...|
Grandpa Whitmore started a tradition during the reunion several years ago, to take the entire family to a local bookstore and gets everyone a book. This reunion was no different! We went to "After Words," a used and new bookstore. Josh got "Unbroken" and I got "Heaven is for Real." I think this is a great tradition and shows how important reading really is.
|You can't really see the sign in the background, but it's there :)|
Friday was really the conclusion of the reunion and, except for a few people, everyone ended up leaving Saturday. Our family (Dan, Meg, Rick, Josh and I) went to rent bikes and ride to breakfast at the Bongo Room. I highly recommend this place. It's known for their brunch and the portions are huge! We did have to wait a bit, but I thought it was worth it. (Not the most flattering pictures, but you get the idea!)
We biked back to the hotel where Josh and I finished our bike ride. I was so nervous riding in the big city. We walked down to the Willis Tower with Amber, Jess and Trent and their kids. Once we got their, it was time to leave haha. We walked back and headed out.
Overall, I'm really glad I had the experience to go on this trip. It was very busy (which I like)! It was fun getting to know more of Josh's family. I feel like I've been apart of the family a lot longer than just four years and feel very comfortable with everyone. Thanks to all the Whitmores for making this a great memory. I look forward to more reunions in the future!!