Ahh Chicago, the windy city. That name didn't exactly apply during the absolutely beautiful weekend we were there, but Chicago certainly "swept me off my feet".
The PSU Sonic Road Warriors took Chicago by storm last weekend during our cross-country road trip to see the Penn State Northwestern football game in our super awesome Penn-Stated out Chevy Sonic. Chevrolet's brand new model, the Sonic, proved to be very accommodating to us during our long drive and we shared enough laughs in it to make our lungs hurt. Our trip began at four o'clock in State College and started off as a very exciting one. We met former mayor of Toledo, Carty Finkbeiner, at one of our rest stops and he showed us his phone book which consisted of Ed Rendell, Bill Clinton, and the White House's phone numbers. 20 questions, the "movie" game, home-made trivia, and über competitive games of Catch Phrase entertained us throughout the 10 hour trip. We arrived at our hotel at around two in the morning, but that didn't stop us from getting an early start the next day. Our first stop was for breakfast in downtown Chicago at Clarke's diner. Best orange juice I've ever had was that morning at Clarke's (I highly recommend getting some if you're ever at this diner).
The first attraction we saw in Chicago is one of the most iconic ballparks in all of America, Wrigley Field. Being a huge baseball fan, this was one of my favorite parts of the trip. It was here that we put all of our creativity together to reenact the infamous game 6 of the 2003 NLCS with Steve Bartman robbing an out from Cubs leftfielder Moises Alou. Next, and this was definitely the coolest part of the trip, we got a grand tour of the Big Ten Network studios! We met the anchors, saw the production room, and even got to sit in the anchors seats. This was an incredible experience. Afterwards everyone was ready for a little afternoon snack so we drove over to a cupcake shop called Sprinkles, which just happens to be Oprah's favorite dessert shop in all of Chicago. After trying one of their cupcakes I could certainly understand why. We got a quick glimpse of Soldier field where the Chicago Bears play and then it was off to Northwestern. Northwestern has an absolutely beautiful campus. Each building is very different from the res and they're all ivy covered. It reminded me of a college campus you'd likely see in a movie.
I had a ton of fun here interacting with fans, giving away Road Warriors gear, and getting pumped for the game. The game was electrifying. It was a back-and-forth kind of game, but Penn State's offense finally came to play and sealed Joe Paterno's 408th win, tying him with Eddie Robinson for the most Division I football wins. After the game we were too exhausted to tour any more of the city or Northwestern so we just settled on having a nice sit-down dinner at Giordano's where we could relax, reflect on our incredible day and eat some real Chicago deep-dish pizza. After eating that I don't think east coast pizza will ever be satisfying for me. The next morning we went back to Chicago to do a little shopping and more sight-seeing. We went back to Sprinkles for more cupcakes (yes they are that good), and I got to go into heaven on earth, a four-story Burton snowboarding store (there's only four in the U.S.)! After this we got back in the coolest car ever and began our long drive to State College. In all it was one of the most fun, jam-packed weekend I've ever been a part of, and all I can say now is please vote for the ROARiors!!