Day 214

It feels a bit weird being in Chicago. I’m not sure if it’s the crazy weather or just that I was having an absolutely blast in St. Louis, but something feels… different. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact we’ve officially entered the second half of The Great Agency Adventure. After all, being a little road weary at this point is to be expected.

Lucky for me, I’ve landed at Stop #8, Chicago’s own, TRIS3CT. I’m in my third day here and thus far, things are going rather well. The office spans two and a half floors of a building just outside of the Greektown neighborhood, offering a very open space with low dividers, plenty of couches and a number of playfully named breakout rooms. It actually reminds me a lot of BEAM’s space, because of how the floor plan lends itself to organic divisions amongst the teams. You can tell that collaborative thinking is front and center here too. Nearly every wall is filled with magnetic sheets, chalkboards and dry erase boards; each one covered with various projects and ideas. I'm actually getting pretty excited to gain a better understanding of TRIS3CT's process, especially when it comes to the whole "3" thing. 

As for the people that work here? Well, everyone I’ve met so far has been really awesome. On my first day in the office, I got to join in on a (heartbreaking) World Cup viewing with most of the team. And much to my delight, I also signed up for the agency’s upcoming “Iron Chef” competition, which takes place on my last Friday here. I don’t want to do any trash talking or anything, but let’s just say, I hope everyone else brings their A-game. Some of the agencies I've already visited will attest to my skills in the kitchen, I'm sure. 

One last element that’s going to make for a rather interesting month is that I’m renting an AirBnB room, rather than an apartment. That means throughout my stay, I’ll be joined by a revolving door of roommates, who will occupy the adjacent room. It's certainly going to take some getting used to, but at least I'll get to meet a lot of new and interesting people.

I think that’s about all I have to report for now. 214 days down. 212 days to go.

-Steve-

Day 207

Well... my time in St. Louis has come to an end. It was certainly an interesting experience and I think I came out of it with a newfound appreciation for this city and those who inhabit it. Before I arrived, I didn’t know much about the area or what it had to offer, but now I can officially say that this is one hell of a place. Everyone is so kind and motivated too. In fact, I don’t think I heard a single negative phrase uttered in my entire time here. I also learned you can’t judge a city by the size of its downtown. St. Louis is just too far spread out and the best of what it has to offer is certainly found in its accompanying neighborhoods. 

I certainly want to send out a huge thank you to Boxing Clever for letting me be apart of what they do here and for showing me an absolutely incredible time. They’re definitely doing something special and I’m a better person for having been involved with it. I also need to thank all of the other wonderful people I met here—everyone at Bruton Stroube, CoolfireCannonball, Group 360, 90 Degrees West, Hoffman Lewis and Moosylvania, as well as Wesley Hoffman, the crew at Strange Donuts, Archie McKinlay, the list goes on and on. Lastly, I need to send a special shout out to Casey and Sara Latiolais for letting me crash in their spare room for the month and for being my impromptu tour guides of the city. Without them, I would’ve missed out on A LOT of cool things. 

At 7am Saturday, I head to the windy city, where I’ll soon begin my tenure at TRIS3CT. Although I’ve been to Chicago a few times before, I know it has a lot more to offer and I’m excited to take it all in. We’re halfway through this little project of mine and if the second half is anything like the first, we’re going to have a great time together. 

Go Team USA!

-Steve-