Our Trip to Chicago
by Sydnee Maxey
We sold many boxes of Girl Scout Cookies – my
favorite cookies are the Thin Mints. We sold nuts, chocolates
and magazine subscriptions. We had a spaghetti dinner and a
turkey dinner( where we served over 500 people at each. I
personally sold over 150 tickets to our Turkey Dinner. We had
silent auctions at our dinners and the community helped support
us by providing some really great silent auction items.
On June 18 we left Onekama Consolidated School at
5:30 a.m. to meet the Amtrak at 8 a.m. in Holland, Michigan.
Every Girl Scout and their mother were very excited.
Our scouts arrived to Chicago’s Union Station and
the best part of it was the escalators. We walked to the
International Youth Hostel which was about 10 blocks away and
were all very thankful that there was air conditioning, as it
was over 90 degrees in Chicago.
After we dropped off our back packs we walked to
Shedds Aquarium. The Jelly Fish exhibit was very cool and there
is a complete exhibit to invasive species to the Great Lakes. We
then walked to the Field Museum and I was amazed at the size of
“Sally” the T-Rex that is in the main area of the museum. To end
our day we had Chicago Style pizza – very thick and with the
sauce on top. Although the pizza was good, I like Big Al’s
Chicago Style Pizza better.
Day two of our trip we woke up and enjoyed
breakfast at the hostel. We then took public transportation to
Navy Pier. Chicago has busses that bend in the middle while
going around corners – cool! We enjoyed a boat ride on the
Chicago River showed up the various architecture of Chicago.
They had to rebuild after the Great Fire – using Michigan
The Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier was neat, you can
almost see the entire city from there. We ate at the largest
McDonald’s Restaurant I had ever seen while at Navy Pier and
then went by Metra (Train) to the Brookfield Zoo.
I enjoyed watching the dolphins and we had dinner
at Ed Debevic’s where the staff pretends to be rude to the
customers. The wait staff also gets up on the counter and
dances. The food was very good.
On the third day we started our day again at the
Hostel for breakfast. Breakfast was a buffet of various breads,
muffins, bagels, cereal, milk, juice and waffles. You have to
wash your own dishes at the hostel.
Many of us had blisters on our feet from walking
so much the two previous days. We took a bus tour of the South
Side of Chicago. It was nice to rest our feet, but it was very
warm on the bus.
We got to see President Obama’s Chicago home
(there was secret service outside) and where the President and
Mrs. Obama had their first kiss. We visited the Willis Tower
(Sear’s Tower) and got to go out on the sky deck. We then got
some special Chicago popcorn that is caramel and cheese
together. It made a mess of my hands and I probably would not
get again. We took the Amtrak home at about 5 pm, but the ride
took a long time because we got behind a cargo train.
Overall, I had a great time. My best memory was
going to Willis Tower and going out on the sky desk over looking
Chicago. My mom took a picture of me lying on the sky deck with
the ground over 110 floors below. I would like to go back to
Chicago in the future and do some shopping.