I finally got the guts to kick my fear of flying to the curb at least long enough for my first trip to the Windy City. Although Ben and I have talked about going to Chicago for a couple years now, more so in the last couple months, we didn't actually plan this trip until 2 weeks beforehand. And by "plan" I mean we booked a flight and a hotel, but had absolutely zero ideas about what we'd do and see once we got there. That's kind of our travel style.
I'm not going to write a full recap of everything we ate, did, and saw because frankly I think those posts are boring and I like you guys too much to do that to you. Instead, here are some photos and some of our Chicago adventures.
I was honestly a little underwhelmed upon arrival (sorry, Chicagoans, please don't hate me). Chicago didn't strike me the same as my beloved NYC and Boston, which I'm actually pretty thankful for because now I don't have another city to add to my Want-To-Move-To List. Whew.
The Signature Lounge on the 96th floor of the John Hancock Building was a fun way to get a view of the city (as good of a view as we were going to get anyway - this was the least cloudy it was the whole time we were there). We didn't do the Willis Tower but I think this was a good alternative. It was pricy, but at least or $50 got us drinks and an appetizer to go along with our view.
I wasn't that impressed by Lake Michigan. But then I found the river, and it was super cool.
The Chicago Architecture Foundation boat tour was definitely worth it! I felt so happy that I have a good vocabulary and a background in Classics, art history, AND civil engineering because with all of that, I totally understood everything our docent said (and she said a lot)!
Our City Running Tour was awesome! Even thought it was cloudy and foggy and rainy and a little cold. I think running is the absolute best and most fun way to see a city and I love that this company exists (full review to come)!
Any recent or upcoming travels? What's your favorite city?