We like to go on vacation every year and there are so many cool cities in the US that neither of us have seen so this year we chose Chicago!
We got there very early last Tuesday and decided it would be much cheaper to take the EL (the city train subway thing) to our hotel. Well we got mostly to the hotel and once we got downtown we decided to take a taxi to the hotel because the subway was a little confusing once you got into the city. We got to the hotel and settled in some then headed out to explore. We kind of wandered around a bit and found some place for lunch. We settled on Giordano's. I ordered ravioli as I am not a fan of Chicago style pizza but luckily they had personal sized pizzas so Mark could have one, He loved it, I tasted it and was not such a fan, just something about all that stuff in the middle of the pizza I just do not enjoy. After lunch we wandered some more and Mark wanted some new sunglasses so we wandered through the mall they had on Michigan Ave and he got his fancy new sunglasses and then we just decided to go back to the hotel and take a nap as we were both tired from all the early AM traveling.
OH I almost forgot before we went back to the hotel we decided to stop at the John Hancock building where you can go up to the 96th floor and look out over the city while you have a drink or a bite to eat
and then from the women's bathroom this is the view:
After our nap we decided to head over to Navy Pier to check things out and find somewhere to eat dinner, we decided on Bubba Gumps it was right at the entrance and we were starving, plus Mark wanted seafood, so we had a shrimp feast!
Wednesday we wanted to check out Millennium Park and the Chicago Fine Arts Museum. The weather was beautiful so we walked there and wandered through Millennium Park
Checked out the Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Checked out the Cloud Gate statue also known as "the bean"
Then we went over to the Chicago Fine Arts Museum, which is HUGE but we didn't really go through the whole thing as it would have taken all day so we looked on the map and hit the rooms with paintings we were interested in checking out. The lady at the coat check was surprised when we came back to get our coat only two hours later...but when you have a city as big as Chicago to explore theres no time for checking out old pots and Asian statues, no offense, were just not into that kind of art.
After the Art museum we wanted to check out one of the Architecture boat tours. So glad we did! It was probably one of the highlights of the tour, the guide had so much great information and it was a nice rest for our feet...although once the tour was over I had a massive headache and neck ache from forgetting my sunglasses thus squinting and also from looking up at the sky for an hour and half at all the big buildings..at that I will leave you with some pictures of my favorites from the tour:
Chicago Tribune Building
Massive hugeness, once had its own zip code
Sears (now Willis) Tower
And I will leave you with that for today, I will be back tomorrow with more of our trip!