Waiting for the bar exam results is perhaps the most excruciatingly difficult waiting period of one's life. Illinois does not release the results all at once. They go through and release the results in batches. This means that when you're pretending to do work, but really on gchat, you see status message after status message of friends who say, "I passed the bar!" This is great if you are one of the people who know your results. I was in pretty damn close to the LAST batch. They send out an email telling you to log into the webiste. So with each status message that went up, I furiously clicked refresh on my browser feeling like I was going to puke all over the place.
Fortunately, there were no errors and my name was not mysteriously left off the list. I got that fateful email and paused just a few minutes before logging in. Take a deep breath and sure enough, I passed. All my friends passed as well. Today is sunny and 85 degrees in the great State of Hawaii and tonight is First Friday (see below). This is a recipe for awesomeness. Congrats to all those who passed the bar!
First Friday is pretty much what it sounds like. Officially, the website says, "Chinatown is the place to be if you want to join the hip crowds at the many unique galleries, boutiques, cafes and restaurants that feature exciting art exhibits and free entertainment." They open up all the galleries and bars and everyone drinks and walks and parties in the streets until 4am. Combined with passing the bar, one can only assume this night is going to be epic. From Cafes, Delis, Bakeries to restaurants serving Italian, Eurasian, Spanish, and Chinese cuisines to even afternoon tea, Downtown/Chinatown has a lot to experience. This is also the place where popular Bars, Jazz Clubs and Lounges abound. Some innovative entrepreneurs and artists are also able to combine food and art successfully into cafes and restaurants that not only serve great food but also feature top notch artwork and interior design.