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Rockstar adventures continued today in the Windy City.
We enjoyed our deluxe breakfast at the Residence Inn by Marriott and made several new friends as we pretty much took over the lobby. The waffle iron was a big hit and our group devoured their fancily wrapped blueberry muffins.
Half of the group spent the morning touring Misericordia campus and marveling at all they have to offer individuals with disabilities and their families. This organization houses 600 individuals as well as employs them, encourages their development, and nurtures their spirits. The have a fully operational bakery and restaurant. They sell their own coffee blend and the art program produces beautiful artwork that sells for high dollar and has been displayed in the Chicago Institute of Art.
The other half of the group met with representatives of Think Beyond the Label and gained helpful information regarding advocacy and opportunities for work after the Burke High School Rockstar program. They also educate businesses on best practices for hiring and employing people with disabilities.
For lunch, we had a picnic in Millenium park. We ordered a copious amount of sub sandwiches and had so many left over we did the only thing we could — passed out free Subway sandwiches to complete strangers in the park. That was fun!
Our afternoon was spent perusing the Chicago Institute of Art. We admired Picasso and Monet and scratched our head at a few modern pieces.
After a short rest back at the hotel, we took the bus to Gino’s East for famous, Chicago deep dish pizza. Once we were full of pizza, our server passed out markers and the Rockstars found special places to leave their marks!
It was a gorgeous 82-degree day; a beautiful day to make some beautiful memories.
A few snapshots from our trip: