Of course we walked through Millennium Park and took pictures at the bean. Here is Emily acting as our tour guide and telling us the notable features of many Chicago buildings.
I just wanted to show off my new hat complete with a pom-pom and mittens complete with tassels. Thanks, H&M.
We went to the 95th floor of the Hancock Tower, the Signature Lounge, at exactly the right moment. The sun was setting, there was a free table by the window, and they served excellent cosmos. Yes, please. We hadn't been to a single convention session yet, but we still needed a cosmo. Obviously.
There's the tour guide again, getting in the way of my beautiful picture (just kidding!)
Looking down the lake shore towards Northwestern, Emily's alma mater.
I think this looks like a honeymoon in Hawaii picture with the sunset. Don't you?
Here's my honeymoon pic with Emily.
After drinks, we headed to eat (what else?) deep dish pizza. It didn't disappoint. We ate half of the pizza before thinking to take a picture if that tells you anything.
The next day we had a 45 minute break for lunch in between sessions, so we hopped in a cab per Emily's suggestion and headed towards Portillo's for some Italian beef and/or Chicago hot dogs. We all opted for the Italian beef, and we weren't sorry. Until about an hour later when we wanted to nap instead of learn. But that's beside the point.
The second night we got to have dinner with my very bestest long-lost YES Prep friend Lora Knapp. She was my team teacher back in the day (good times), and now she lives a high powered life in Chicago recruiting for TFA and living in a chic high rise. We had a great time catching up!
I PROMISE that we really did go to sessions, and I really did learn a lot about teaching and supporting teachers and ideas for PD and all that jazz. Promise. It's just not really exciting to post pictures of a ballroom full of teachers watching a power point. If you're interested, email me and we'll chat. :-) Heads up.... next year NCTE is in VEGAS!!!! Clear the way for rolling crates in the casinos, 'cause we're comin' with thousands of our best teacher friends! Teachers in Vegas.... wow. That should be incentive enough to follow my blog for another year so you can see what happens.... I'll report it faithfully.