Saturday, July 2, 2011

Chicago Recap

Ah, coming back from vacation is always so sad.  Having to go back to work and getting back to healthy living routines can be such a drag.  We purposely take our vacations so that the start and end in the middle of the week so we only have to work a couple of days when we get back before we have a weekend.  This year we lucked out and have a three day weekend because of the holiday.  Hooray!

 I thought I'd share our itinerary and pictures of our trip.  Overall, I though Chicago was an excellent place to travel to and I highly recommend checking it out.

Day 1:
Museum of Science and Industry - by far our favorite museum of the trip.  Lots of cool things for kids and adults. 

Day 2: 
Shedd Aquarium - another favorite.  We just love looking at all the different kinds of fish and aquatic life.  We're like little kids at places like this.

Day 3:
Farmer's Market in Lincoln Park - this was a farmer's market that I wish I had in my backyard.  It's really something for the locals, but it was neat to check out.  A lot of vendors had samples and delicious goodies for sale.

Millennium Park/The Bean - The Bean is one of the coolest things in the city.  I loved taking all kinds of pictures with it.
Navy Pier - a tourist trap for sure.  But it's fun to walk down and check out.  Plus, there's a free stained glass museum in the middle of the pier that's worth a look.  There's a ton of neat stuff.

Day 4:
Gay Pride Parade - unbeknown to us, we came to town during the Gay Pride Festival weekend.  The parade came right through where we were staying and we were able to watch it from the balcony.  It was very neat.
Taste of Chicago - this was some of the best eating we did.  If you've never heard of this giant food festival, you need to go look it up.  A bunch of local restaurants serve food and 'taste' portions, which are cheaper, so you can try their grub.

Day 5:
The Field Museum - this museum was just ok for us.  We're not big into the natural history stuff as much.  Although, they do have some cool dinosaur exhibits.
The Adler Planetarium - this museum was also small and didn't take much time.  We enjoyed the planetarium show the most.

Day 6:
Art Institute - this museum is huge.  You could spend hours and hours.  We prioritized and only checked out a couple of the wings and found some of the most famous pieces.
Gino's East - this was our experience with deep dish pizza.  And it was amazing.  It is simply a must on any trip to the city.
Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) - we did the new Skydeck and stood out on the Ledge.  It was really cool.  But probably not so much if you're afraid of heights.
Cubs Game - and since we were stay a few blocks away from Wrigley Field, how could we not go see the Cubs?  We had perfect weather for it and it was a great way to finish up our trip.

Have you been to the Windy City?  What's your favorite thing to do in Chicago?


  1. What an awesome trip! I love the photos. Glad you guys had fun!

    I've had plenty of layovers in Chicago, but have only visited it twice. I was six years old the first time, so I don't remember much about it, but I was 18 the second time. I liked going up the Sears Tower (when did they change the name?!) and loved the Art Institute. I will have to try some deep dish pizza the next time I'm there!

  2. Perfect timing, I am planning a trip to Chicago this summer with the kids! Looks like fun!

  3. Looks like you had a great time. Glad you enjoyed it!