This past weekend I participated in demonTHON! For those that are unfamiliar, demonTHON is an annual 24-hour dance marathon where all of the money donated goes straight to the kids at Lurie Children’s Hospital in downtown Chicago. This was my first time doing demonTHON, so I was very excited to see what the event was like.
In my sorority, each member is required to participate in either demonTHON or Relay for Life. Last year I chose to do Relay for Life, so this year I decided to change it up. As of now I am graduating a quarter early next year, which would mean I would never get the chance to do demonTHON if I did not do it this year. I chose to do the first twelve hour shift from 7pm to 7am. Throughout the event, there was a lot of entertainment brought in to help us fight through all the urges to sit down and get tired. Some of the entertainment included a clown, a drag queen, djs, and more!
Many families also came to the event to share their story with us and explain all of the ways Lurie Children’s Hospital has helped them. Each story explained how the hospital helps make even the most stressful surgeries for children and families enjoyable. They told us how they have dogs for children to pet, provide games for them to play, and in some cases even fly in a child’s favorite celebrity for them to spend the day with! One child who had almost passed away about ten years ago had his band play for us, and they truly put on such a great show. I was so proud to be a part of an event that does so much good for so many children. In the end, demonTHON raised over 200,000 all for the kids!
This weekend, my mom and sister came into town…so I got to channel my inner tourist! They came into town early on Saturday morning and stayed in the Loop, so everything we wanted to do was close or easily accessible by the train.
The first thing we did was go to the famous Eataly and enjoyed some light food and, of course, some gelato. After this, we walked around the city and went up to some rooftops (Cindy’s Rooftop has a wonderful view and is free!). I was also forced to go to the bean, where my sister and I took a typical tourist photo. Just when you think we were not being tourist-y enough, we went to Lou Malnati’s and had some deep dish pizza for dinner. Anyone who has lived in Chicago long enough knows that one should not go out to deep dish if they are in a rush. Since getting deep dish was about a three hour ordeal, we called it a night.
On Sunday morning, we ventured out to the West Loop for brunch. The West Loop has some of my all-time favorite restaurants in the city, and it also has great views of downtown. My mom, sister and I went to the Allis for brunch and all really enjoyed our meals. The Allis had wonderful decor throughout the restaurant as well, which allowed for some great pictures. After getting brunch, we went back downtown and headed towards the art institute. I always try to get here fairly early on the weekends, because in mid-afternoon, the lines become very long. Although I had already seen a lot of this art before, I never get tired of it. My favorite part of the Art Institute is the Thorne Miniature Rooms, and I recommend everyone to check them out!
While I was forced to take a picture at the bean, I did have an amazing weekend with my mom and my sister.
Hey everyone! My name is Sydney and I am beginning my junior year here at DePaul. I am majoring in Public Relations and Advertising (woohoo PRAD!) and am minoring in Graphic Design.
In order for you all to get to know me a little bit better, I figured I would list off some fun facts about myself:
I am so excited to write about my many interests and all the wonderful opportunities I have gained by going to DePaul. If you have any questions about living on campus, how to get more involved, or really anything pertaining to DePaul, I’m your go-to gal. :)
- I am one proud Minnesotan and talk about how amazing it is a little too often. What does Minnesota have to offer you ask? Well it has 11,842 lakes (We call ourselves the land of 10,000 lakes because we are humble.), the one of a kind Minnesota state fair with the famous Sweet Martha’s Cookies, beautiful views up north including Lake Superior and the northern lights, and lastly we are the home of the Mall of America!
- I have been vegetarian for a year, except cheating twice with chicken...but really, who can pass up Canes? I love trying all of the plant-based restaurants Chicago has to offer (I love you, Chicago Diner).
- I try to go to a concert every month. Some of the best concerts I have experienced while I have been living in Chicago are Lorde, Bastille, Miguel, Kid Cudi, and Ariana Grande. I also saw some amazing artists at Lollapalooza over the summer including but not limited to Bruno Mars, The Weeknd, Dua Lipa, BROCKHAMPTON, Allie X, Jaden Smith, TYLER, THE CREATOR and CHVRCHES.
- At DePaul I am a member of Alpha Omicron Pi, have a radio show on Radio DePaul with one of my roommates (tune in for Sounds of Cinema on Sundays from 6-7!), am the Senator of Mission and Ministry for Student Government, work as the Special Projects Assistant in DePaul Housing Services, and have gone on two service immersion trips to both Los Angeles, California and Bladensburg, Maryland.