Cloud Gate, a/k/a The Bean!
Enjoying paletas with my cousin and her friend at Taste of Chicago. You never know who you will run into!
"I'm on a boat!!" Navy Pier architecture tour sailing around on Lake Michigan (post conference). I see why Chicago is called the "Windy City"!
The most amazing tartar at Le Bouchon on Damen Avenue!
The Art Institute of Chicago is a MUST! I spent four hours perusing around inside and did not even make it to one of the floors. It is massive! This was the perfect cold and rainy day activity.
I am slowly returning back to my normal routine after being away in Chicago for a week. I love traveling, but I always feel so overwhelmed coming back to reality and playing catch up. Today's blog post is part two of my two-part Chicago series... Enjoy!
I tried to do a ton of touristy things specific to Chicago to absorb as much of the culture as possible. I hit the ground running as soon as I got off the train and tried to cover as much territory as possible. Might I suggest wearing comfortable walking shoes?? I walked around twelve miles the first day, so my 'Chuckies' (Converse) got a lot of wear the rest of the week. Anyway, a few of my favorite tourist attractions were Sears/Willis Tower (go to the skydeck on the 103rd floor), Navy Pier, The Art Institute of Chicago, Grant Park, Millennium Park, Lincoln Park and The Bean. Millennium Park and Grant Park usually had free concerts and events going on such as Taste of Chicago and it was so much fun to walk around and people watch. And of course, as I mentioned in my last post, I loved the shopping on Michigan Avenue, State Street and The Magnificent Mile.
Tip: you can purchase tickets online to many of these attractions ahead of time and save a few bucks and skip out on the long lines- I highly recommend doing this as I waited close to an hour in line at Sears Tower. Also, you could opt to get a City Pass for around $95.00 that includes several of these places and others such as Shedd Aquarium and the zoo, so definitely check that out.
We also ate at a lot of amazing restaurants. Chicago cuisine is unlike any other! As far as deep dish pizza goes, it doesn't get any better than Giordano's. We loved it so much, we ate there twice- I am still drooling just thinking about it (just kidding, haha)! Also, Le Bouchon on Damen Avenue is a must. I highly, highly recommend going for dinner. Everything was fabulous and the atmosphere was very Parisian-chic. Be sure to go on a Tuesday night because they have a 3-course special (appetizer, meal and dessert) for $30. Plus, I loved walking around on Damen Avenue. There are so many cute local restaurants and shops. It reminded me a lot of Nashville and Portland. I also liked Grand Luxe Cafe, mostly though for the atmosphere. The inside was really cool and I loved the floor to ceiling windows to look out on to Michigan Avenue. They had fabulous red velvet cake!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend! If you have been to Chicago, what are your favorite places??