By Tatianah Green
Have you ever hosted a friend or family member in your hometown or the city you live in? It's cool to have have a guest or two over for a weekend this summer to explore your city together.
My mom came to visit from Florida with her friend who's never been to Chicago. Although my mom lived here most of her life she didn't get to see the sights like Cloudgate aka the bean in Millennium Park or see the fireworks up close at Navy Pier.
It felt good to spend time with my mom and serving as a tour guide. On Saturday we endured the hot summer weather and ate some yummy food (Yolk in Lake View, lunch in Millennium Park, and dinner at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.).
We took an architecture tour of the city, cruising along the Chicago River and learning about the city's history. It ended with a nice view of the Saturday night fireworks show at Navy Pier which take place every Wednesday and Saturday during the summer season.
Whatever you decide to do when you host someone, have a flexible plan available. We went to the Shedd Aquarium only to turn right back because the line to get in wrapped around around the building.
In moments like that you gotta just "make it work" and find something else to see or do. Stay hydrated and take breaks in cool places like a park, museum or by the river.
Best thing about hosting someone else is that you may feel like you're on a vacation too. What will you do when someone comes to visit? Have fun!
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