For brother Ryan's birthday, he invited his friends to a kayaking architectural tour down the Chicago River followed by a trip to a family favorite casual restaurant - Portillo's. I was fortunate enough to be able to fly in for the occasion - it was seriously the best birthday ever!
I think Ryan's diverse group of friends was what made the whole deal so special, everyone was so chill, it had to be a fun experience. Out of everyone in the group, I was the only one who almost fell into the water - so happy that didn't happen...it surely wouldn't have been the best birthday party ever if it did!
The river was surely dirty in some parts - it was about 5 miles of kayaking from North Ave. to around the Sears Tower/Willis Tower - and it was super clean when you got closer to Lake Michigan.
When you travel outside Chicago/live outside Chicago - other rivers/lakes give you a greater appreciation for how truly beautiful Chicago is and what a great job the city does in making itself more beautiful year after year! The skyline, public art, beaches, recreation, lakeshore path, etc.
Happy birthday baby brother - nice job on planning this party - can't wait to see what is in store for your 30th!