CHA’s Senior Outing is a much anticipated tradition and last Thursday our CHA Upper School Class of 2017 dressed for the occasion and traveled in style for a fun day of fellowship and activities in downtown Chicago. (See gallery below.)
The entire student body, faculty and staff gathered that morning to send them off with prayer and bubbles. The soon-to-be-grads then departed from CHA in a long white Hummer limo.
First stop was the Chicago museum campus on the lakefront to take some pictures while the weather was great and the sun was out. The photo shoot was enhanced with photo booth props.
The group lunched at the Metropolitan Club in a private dining room on the 66th floor of Willis Tower where CHA alum, Sally Karney, who works as an event coordinator there, greeted the group. During the meal the students marked one shell with “a memory they want to leave behind” and one shell with a Fruit of the Spirit in which they want to grow next year. After lunch, the Class visited Buckingham Fountain from there, walked to Millennium Park and “the Bean.”
A performance of Blue Man Group was next on the agenda and it was a great show highlighting cross-cultural communication, the impact of world view, and a glimpse into what our culture “worships.” Its themes dovetailed well with the focus of senior year curriculum in Communications, English, and Bible. The group had great seats in the 5th row where rain slickers are not supposed to be needed…but they would have been useful! A jello blob was launched directly at the group!
After Blue Man Group, it was on to Stella’s diner for a huge meal! They serve breakfast all day and their specialties are milkshakes and homemade pickles. Gus, the owner, loves it when our group each year and they were blessed by him as well. The students sang two songs for him, Amazing Grace and God Bless America. He told us that a lot of Christian schools eat at his diner because of us!
On our way back to the school there was one more stop at a beach in Evanston to cast “what we don’t want to carry with us” shells into the lake. It was a great day of fun, laughter and memories amid some of Chicago’s iconic sites.