This past week, I went to Chicago's Thanksgiving Day Parade for the first time in my life. Growing up in the area, the parade always seemed like a huge hassle on Thanksgiving Day. But I wanted to take mi familia down to the parade this year as a treat. I have a three-year-old son and I knew he would get a kick out of the huge, floating Best Buy mascot.
If you asked me a few years back, I wouldn't go near downtown on a holiday. But I figure I should start taking advantage of some of the perks that city life has to offer. For one, parades. Chicago can't seem to get enough of parades. It's almost like we are addicted to being paraded in front of. The only known rehab is budget cuts.
Anyway, we got down there early and snagged a great spot right behind of one the new State Street planters. The city has done a great job sprucing up State St. with decorative pine leaves and berries. It was a nice spot. No one wanted to stand in front of us because the planter was in the way. So we got to watch a parade at Madison and State, the busiest intersection in the world.