The weekend is over and you know what that means! It’s time for The Weekend Chronicles, the weekly series that details all the crazy and exciting things that happened over the weekend. If you are just tuning in don’t fret, all of the previous editions of The Weekend Chronicles are and will always be available for you to read here at Jakub’s Corner. Now let’s get started!

The weekend began when I left work early on Friday to attend the City Year/Deloitte Mentorship Program Kick-Off event in downtown Chicago. The Deloitte Mentorship Program pairs City Year AmeriCorps members with mentors from Deloitte who provide professional guidance, assist with career goal setting and connect their mentees with any resources they may need to achieve their goals for after City Year. This first meeting gave us the opportunity to meet our mentors, discuss our personal brand and values, and develop goals for our tenure in the program. Immediately following the event I had to race to NIU, my alma mater, for a semiformal dance that I had been looking forward to for months. In college I had been a part of a professional business fraternity that each semester hosts a gathering of new pledges, collegiate members and alumni members to provide an opportunity for everyone to connect and to blow off some steam before the semester and life get too hectic. It was a fun night filled with great people, sick dance moves and one too many adult beverages.

On Saturday I awoke early as usual. This is probably the worst part about “real life”, even when you have the time to sleep in your body simply doesn’t let you. It’s like there is some internal alarm clock that wants to make your life miserable but I guess there are worse things than having to wake up early. One perk of waking up early is that you have plenty of time to eat breakfast. Seeing that I was still at NIU it was the perfect opportunity to hit up my favorite spot. If there is one restaurant that sticks out in my head from college it is The Junction. The Junction is a family owned restaurant that has the feel of your typical diner that serves the best breakfast in town. I’m confident enough to say that I could order anything on the menu and not be disappointed. When it comes to The Junction, I give it a 5 out of 5 sporks. Breakfast was followed by some lounging and getting ready for what was to be an exciting afternoon.

Flight Deck Bar and Grill
Flight Deck Bar and Grill
BBQ Chicken Wrap with Parmesan Chips
BBQ Chicken Wrap & Parmesan Chips

Probably the most unique part of my weekend was having lunch at the Flight Deck Bar and Grill in Rochelle. What made this experience so unique is that at the Flight Deck you get to enjoy delicious food while watching people jump out of perfectly good airplanes. Unfortunately it was too windy on Saturday so we did not get the chance to see any skydivers but just knowing that a restaurant like that exist will keep me going back. The food as mentioned previously was delicious. I got a BBQ Chicken Wrap that was comprised of fried chicken, crispy straws, shredded cheese and bbq sauce with a side of parmesan chips and not surprisingly I ate it all. Believe me when I say it, if the unique atmosphere doesn’t appeal to you, the food definitely will. When it comes to the Flight Deck Bar and Grill, I give it a 4 out of 5 sporks. Saturday was capped with a wine night with the girls while we watched horror movies in celebration of Halloween being just a few weeks away. It was the perfect ending to an eventful day!

Homemade Apple Pie and Vanilla Ice Cream
Homemade Apple Pie & Ice Cream
Smoked Brisket and Pork Belly
Smoked Brisket and Pork Belly

This Sunday, much like most Sundays, was filled with great food and even better people. I had the opportunity to meet up for lunch with an old friend which was great seeing that I hadn’t seen them in a while. This was followed by a day full of football and a spread that could feed an army.  There was brisket, pork belly, hamburgers, hotdogs, salad, homemade apple sauce and apple pie as well as pumpkin cheesecake. I know I’m probably missing something but you get the idea. The day was then concluded with me wrapping up the second season of American Horror Story and beginning the third. The new season comes out this week so it was perfect timing.

If you haven’t already noticed my friends and family are always a staple of my weekend so I just want to take the time to thank them for everything that they have done and continue to do for me. Also, as I had mentioned last week, there will be a new weekly series beginning this week called The Gap Year that will detail my experience with City Year and what you can expect from giving a year of service. Thank you so much for being a part of my journey and if you haven’t already be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Sayōnara!

“Friendship has always belonged to the core of my spiritual journey.” – Henri Nouwen

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