This post was made possible by the Verizon Health and Fitness Voices program. As a participant of the program I have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product. I was also invited to Chicago to kick off the program which included a hotel stay, travel expenses and an entry into the Shamrock Shuffle 8k. Click here for more info on the program.
I know I promised all of you that I would post this yesterday but in light of the events that happened at the Boston Marathon I thought the post that I actually published was more fitting. It probably goes without saying that my heart aches for all of those effected by what happened in Boston. I would also like to add that I am very proud to be part of the running community, a community that is full of love, support and determination.
Now on to Day #2 in Chicago. And in case you missed out on what we did on Day #1, click here to get caught up on our adventures.
A good chunk of day #2 was spent at the Shamrock Shuffle 8k. You can read my recap of my experience here. After the race we had breakfast at Wildberry Café. We had to wait a little bit since it is a popular restaurant and with it being close to the race area there were quite a few other people who had the same idea as us.
And the food was well worth that wait. I had cranberry pecan pancakes with a side of bacon and Chris had cinnamon apple waffles. Both were AMAZING!
After breakfast I was in dire need of a shower and a change of clothes, so we headed back to the hotel. Once I was cleaned up and presentable again we headed to the Art Institute of Chicago. That was also included in our CityPASS!
We wandered around and looked at some awesome art. We also reenacted a scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
There is a cute little story that goes along with why we did this. Chris came to Chicago many many years ago and saw the stained glass that was used in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and decided that he would one day return there with a girl and kiss her in front of it just like in the movie. And I got to be that girl.
Shortly after the art museum I had to say good-bye to Chris. He was hopping a flight back to Detroit while I stayed in Chicago for all the Verizon Wireless Voices activities. I was sad to see him go because we were having such a good time but I was excited to meet some new blogger friends and find out what device I would be trying out from Verizon!
The bloggers for the program that were able to make it to Chicago all met in the lobby of the Hard Rock Hotel and then we walked over to the Park Grill where we spent the next few hours eating, drinking and getting to know one another.
This was my first blogger meet up ever! I have met other bloggers on several different occasions but never a large group at once. I also didn’t really know any of them before the dinner although I had read a few of their blogs on occasion. Dinner at the restaurant was so good and the service was excellent! But the best part was enjoying the company of all of the fabulous health and fitness bloggers! They really are a great group of women and I am so flattered to be a part of the group!
Come back tomorrow to find out what happened on my third and final day in Chicago! Here is a hint, it involves some awesome new gadgets!