Ars Nova and Countesses & Noblemen went to Chicago

(and, miraculously, everyone made it back)

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We left Thursday and drove through the night:

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Although Bret Olsen didn't get to go on the trip, he did come out to say goodbye to his friends.

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The "Little Noonies", Madeline and Samantha Noonan, got to come, too.

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We stopped for breakfast at McDonalds...


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...and stopped in De Kalb to sing for their high school students:

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Sleep?  Sleep is for the weak!

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Next, we headed on in to Chicago for some shopping and sight-seeing:

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The group shot at Chicago's Millenium Park.  Choose your favorite of the three...

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Saturday was the big day.  We started with our festival performances:

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No, Ashtyn, that's not how you wear it.

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Girl stuff.

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Jennifer likes having her picture taken.

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Who's this coming late to the Ars Nova group picture?

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I'll say one thing about Ars Nova--they know how to make a great semi-circle.

After securing our Gold Ratings, we stopped for lunch at White Castle:

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"Ars Nova and C&N Go to White Castle"

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After loading up on carbs, we went to Six Flags:

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Enough pictures!  Give us our tickets already!

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Mrs. Noonan couldn't wait to ditch the kids and get her tattoo. (Just kidding, parents!)
But really, how does one choose between AC/DC and Metallica?

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One of these Noonans is comfortably dry.

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Guess how many roller coasters we've been on!

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The Al's.

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Cuteness on the Teacup ride.

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"This is my best day ever, and it's not over yet!"  -Alison


Next, we stopped at Rainforest Cafe...

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Um, Eric, I think the elephant is getting annoyed.

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See, now it's trying to eat Abi!

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...before eating at the food court.

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And the grand finale:  Blue Man Group!

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Blue Man Groupies.  Bahahahaha!!!


On Sunday, we started off with a river cruise:

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The Noonans.  Just like a second honeymoon.  With 26 other people.


One more stop:  Pizzeria Uno (or, in these pictures, Pizzeria Due).

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And then we came home.

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Alex entertains himself on the long drive home.


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