I've always heard Chicago was a beautiful city with tons to do and see. Being a big Jordan fan, I've always wanted to visit but never thought I'd get around to getting there. Fortunately, my talent with photography got me there.
Chicago is a beautiful city. I was really in awe by the scenery and I wasn't ashamed to look like a tourist, stopping every 10 feet to take photos of the architecture.
While exploring downtown, we ran into a protest. My mom told me to keep away from one if I saw one but I couldn't let this mob of people just walk by me without getting some photos. At the same time, I wanted to be apart of it. Being a black man in America and seeing what happened to Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, I stand with the BLM movement and it's fight for justice. #BlackLivesMatter.
While in Chicago, I got to link up with a social media friend of mine, Estevan. Estevan's a cool guy and a really good fashion photographer. I also got to meet Zandro, the man responsible for bringing me out to Chicago. Zandro one of the nicest guys I've ever met and he's extremely talented. He and Estevan showed me around downtown Chicago and were fortunately patient with me while I did my tourist thing.
When Zandro and Estevan asked me where I wanted to go first, I told them I wanted to see The Bean. Once we got there, I didn't feel awkward because there were tons of other tourists there. I was extremely relieved.
Here was my work station while I was in Chicago. I stayed at the Hampton all the way in Carol Stream. Far from the city but that's where work was for the time being. Didn't get the best view (Ford dealership) but I wasn't there much anyways.
Chicago was awesome. Not to mention the food! Portillos was a life changing experience for me! But I missed home a lot. There's really nothing like South Florida. I loved my trip to Chicago and I can't wait to go back!