Team USA, Day 6: Lincoln Park

Today was our first “day off” from ministry, and we set out early for a Chicago adventure. We drove to Lincoln Park, which is another Chicago neighborhood, but is very different from Pilsen where we are staying and serving. On the way to our first destination, Lincoln Park Zoo, we got a glimpse of the Lake Michigan, Soldier Field (home of Da Bearssssss), the Field Museum, Navy Pier, and downtown Chicago. We spent the morning exploring the zoo. Favorite animals included flamingos, giraffe, gorilla, seals, river otters, and (my favorite) penguins!

After lunch we set out on a walk up Clark Street to Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs!! Restaurants, stores, and houses for blocks in every direction made it clear that we were in Cubs territory!After Wrigleyville, we walked to Old Town for dinner—Chicago style hot dogs! Although it was a long day of lots of walking, we had an amazing opportunity to see and experience the energy of another part of the city. Altogether today, we walked through five Chicago neighborhoods: Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Wrigleyville, and Old Town, all just blocks from each other, but each with its own flavor and culture.

I’m from Chicago, so I especially enjoyed being able to share some of the things that I love, and that make Chicago really special and unique with my team. It has been such a blessing to me to be here serving in my own city. And we still have another week! I’m excited to see what God has planned for us in the upcoming week!

Thoughts from a few others:

Seeing Second City made my life! —Emily B

Wrigley Field was awesome…GO CUBS GO! —Hailey

My favorite quote of the day was when Danna said she wanted to get a picture of everyone who ordered the “correct” hot dog (meaning Chicago style—mustard, relish, tomatoes, onions, sport peppers, pickle, and celery salt on a poppy seed bun…and NEVER ketchup!!). —Kylie

Chicago is very diverse which makes it beautiful. —Kassidy

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