June 10 - 23 | Special Olympics / North Unified Relay Across America
For almost two weeks we navigated through Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota and the Dakotas.
I got the day off in Chicago with my best friend (who happens to be a Chicago native) so we rode the L downtown and explored the city by foot, making time to hit all the Chi-town flavor essentials: deep dish, fried chicken, hot dogs, and authentic hole-in-the-wall Mexican.
I've always felt drawn to the energy of big cities, but on this trip I've enjoyed seeing how America lives in different regions, the majority of which are not urban. What do people's homes look like? Their yards? What kind of car do they drive? The neighborhoods here have character - they aren't comprised of cloned, cookie-cutter homes like the suburbia I grew up surrounded by.