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 *I went to Chicago over the weekend of 3 November 2017 to see the Used
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-*play at Aragon Ballroom. Here is how things went down.*
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+play at Aragon Ballroom. Here is how things went down.*
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-## Friday ### MPLS >> Chicago I departed immediately after work on 3
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-Nov. The trip itself was extremely uneventful (in the best possible
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-ways) but the tollway kinda beat me up. I was expecting a toll or two,
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-but I ended up spending about $10 in tolls on the way to Chicago. Next
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-time I’m using an E-ZPass for sure.
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+## Friday
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+### MPLS >> Chicago
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+I departed immediately after work on 3 Nov. The trip itself was
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+extremely uneventful (in the best possible ways) but the tollway kinda
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+beat me up. I was expecting a toll or two, but I ended up spending about
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+$10 in tolls on the way to Chicago. Next time I’m using an E-ZPass for
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+sure.
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 Originally I was planning on sleeping in my car and driving back the day
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 after. After getting to Chicago, I decided that was a silly idea and
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 ### The Used w/ Glassjaw @ Aragon Ballroom
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-![IMG_9048-1](/content/images/2017/11/IMG_9048-1.JPG)
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 Since I got to Chicago a little later than expected I, unfortunately,
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 missed most of Glassjaw as I arrived at the venue at approximately
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 interact with the crowd seems to make everyone feel like they can be
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 themselves. I even moved around a little bit! I had a great time.
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-### My After Party After the show, I felt a little lost in a new city. I
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-wasn’t very familiar with the area around the ballroom and my Lyft
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-driver mentioned it wasn’t a very nice neighborhood anyway. I decided to
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-go back to my hotel to get my bearings and do some research. I was very
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-hungry and I found a place called *Pick Me Up Cafe*. They have a lot of
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-specific vegan options on their menu, I wanted one of each, however
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-after consulting the server, she talked me out of it as the servings
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-were large. *She was right.* Here’s what I ordered (all vegan, of
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-course):
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+### My After Party
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+After the show, I felt a little lost in a new city. I wasn’t very
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+familiar with the area around the ballroom and my Lyft driver mentioned
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+it wasn’t a very nice neighborhood anyway. I decided to go back to my
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+hotel to get my bearings and do some research. I was very hungry and I
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+found a place called *Pick Me Up Cafe*. They have a lot of specific
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+vegan options on their menu, I wanted one of each, however after
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+consulting the server, she talked me out of it as the servings were
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+large. *She was right.* Here’s what I ordered (all vegan, of course):
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-* Mozzarella sticks Seitan Sloppy Joe with onion rings on top and (very
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-* peppery) fries on the side a strawberry shake spiked with Jameson.
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+* Mozzarella sticks
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+* Seitan Sloppy Joe with onion rings on top and (very
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+peppery) fries on the side
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+* a strawberry shake spiked with Jameson.
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 In hindsight, Jameson wasn't the best thing to spike a shake with. It
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 tasted kind of odd. Next time I'll consider a vodka or a schnapps.
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 back to my room and talked to a friend for a few hours before deciding
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-## Saturday I woke up on Saturday to the sound of rain pattering against
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-the window. I was as surprised as anyone would be who hadn't checked the
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-weather. After all, the rest of this trip after Friday night was
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-entirely impromptu. There was a lot of fog, too, which was neat because
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-the tops of buildings were hidden in the abyss.  ### Kitchen17 For lunch
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-I ate at Kitchen17, an all-vegan pizzeria. This was my first experience
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-with a Chicago-style deep dish pizza and I was thoroughly impressed. I
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-was overly optimistic by thinking I could eat it all. I quickly learned
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-I was wrong. ### CTA My main method of transportation were buses and
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-trains operated by the Chicago Transit Authority. This city continued to
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-impress me. My only other experience with public transportation has been
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-Metro Transit in Minneapolis, and CTA *blew it right out of the water.*
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-There were plenty of routes to choose from, and the train got me out of
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-the loop and to my next stop in half an hour flat. For comparison, that
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-would've been about a 45 minutes drive, or at least an hour long bus
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-ride. ### Mall On Saturday evening I decided to go to the Water Tower
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+## Saturday
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+I woke up on Saturday to the sound of rain pattering against the window.
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+I was as surprised as anyone would be who hadn't checked the weather.
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+After all, the rest of this trip after Friday night was entirely
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+impromptu. There was a lot of fog, too, which was neat because the tops
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+of buildings were hidden in the abyss.
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+### Kitchen17
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+For lunch I ate at Kitchen17, an all-vegan pizzeria. This was my first
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+experience with a Chicago-style deep dish pizza and I was thoroughly
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+impressed. I was overly optimistic by thinking I could eat it all. I
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+quickly learned I was wrong.
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+### CTA
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+My main method of transportation were buses and trains operated by the
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+Chicago Transit Authority. This city continued to impress me. My only
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+other experience with public transportation has been Metro Transit in
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+Minneapolis, and CTA *blew it right out of the water.* There were plenty
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+of routes to choose from, and the train got me out of the loop and to my
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+next stop in half an hour flat. For comparison, that would've been about
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+a 45 minutes drive, or at least an hour long bus ride.
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+### Mall
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+On Saturday evening I decided to go to the Water Tower Place, a mall in
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+downtown Chicago in the Loop. It was fairly similar to the Mall of
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+America, with less stores overall and more expensive/high-end stores.
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 I learned that Amazon has some retail footprints (called pop-ups, I
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-seen. >  > Me: ...*oh really,* tell me more! >  > AE (already visibly
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-under pressure): It's MFi certified, so it charged better than
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-cable says it's also certified.
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+> Me: ...*oh really,* tell me more!
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+> AE (already visibly under pressure): It's MFi certified, so it charged
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+better than non-certified cables.
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+> Me (points to 3' MFi certified cable): This cable says it's also
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+After the mall, I was hungry again and ate at a vegan short-order
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-## Sunday ### Handlebar I was originally going to eat at the Chicago
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+## Sunday
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+I was originally going to eat at the Chicago Diner, but after being told
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+you're greeted with psunk music and similar artwork on the wall. I
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+My time in Chicago was coming to a close, and I was feeling rather sad
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+That Sunday night, I met up with a friend in Milwaukee and we went to
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 I'm always impressed to find places that serve vegan food, *and
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 My final impression of Chicago is this: I think I would like to live
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 there someday, but that day isn't today, and I doubt it will be that day

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