My son Alec graduated from University of Chicago.  Our family made the trip to spend a few days in Chicago.  This trip was especially nice because my other 3 sons were able to all be there.  It’s not too frequent these days to get the whole gang together.  My oldest son Nick lives in Spain and my second oldest Zack lives in New York City.  We had a really fun time exploring Chicago. We stayed at the Omni Hotel right in the heart of Chicago on Michigan Ave.  From there we took a walk to Millennium Park where a lot was going on.

Yoga-in-Millenium-Park There was a yoga class taking place.

The-Bean Cloud Gate, referred to as The Bean by British artist Anish Kapoor was a real draw for people.  It has a mirrored surface that reflects the city skyline.

Chicago-RiverThe Chicago river has canals that run through the city.  It really adds to the beauty of the city.

We had dinner at Bandera, located on Michigan Ave.  There was a live jazz band and the food and drinks were delicious (especially my favorite, Mojitos). We really had a great time catching up, nothing better than having my boys together. The next day we did some more exploring.

Oak-Street-BeachThis is Oak Street Beach located on North Lake Shore Drive.  Lake Michigan provides a beautiful place for people to swim, boat and enjoy the warm weather.

Lou-Malnati'sOf course we had to have Chicago deep dish style pizza while visiting.  Lou Malnati’s is rated to be one of the best and it didn’t disappoint.  Although personally, I prefer New York City’s pizza better.

40-Carrots

We found for dessert my favorite frozen yogurt at 40 Carrots, in Bloomingdale’s.

The next day was graduation day.  We all arrived at 8 am, no small feat as there were 8 of us, so that we could get good seats for the 9am ceremony.  Well, University of Chicago is a big school and as a result it was a long ceremony.  We listened to a number of inspiring speeches and hours later proudly watched Alec receive his degree. It was an 8 hour ceremony!!!  Luckily, it was a gorgeous day.

4-sonsgraduation                                                                                                   My sons, from left to right: Alec, Zack, Jack and Nick.