Last week our family vacationed in Chicago. I will be turning 40 later this year and wanted to celebrate in Chicago but you never know what the roads will be like in November and I wanted to see the fireworks on Navy Pier so it had to be a summer vacation instead.Chicago is the largest city within 8 hours of home and it also has the largest body of water near us, Lake Michigan.
We wanted to get the most out of our time in Chicago so we stayed in the downtown area. Almost everything we wanted to see was within a 1.5 mile radius of our hotel, we were about 3 blocks from Trump Hotel. To make site seeing easier I knew we wanted to take advantage of a bus and the Chicago Trolley went everywhere we wanted.
I will have more posts through the week about most of the attractions that we saw like the 360 TILT Chicago, Cirque Shanghai Warriors, Museum of Science and Industry, and the Chicago Architecture Boat Tour all of which I can’t recommend highly enough.
Before leaving we asked friends what their favorite thing in Chicago is and many of them said the food so we had to try lots of new things. We lunched at Lou Malnati’s and the pizza was different than what we’re used to but delicious. We had a Chicago Dog at Kim & Carlo’s in front of one of the museums and it was much different than what we would have at home, I really like ketchup on my hot dog. We walked along the River Walk and dined at one of the restaurants watching boats go past.
Each year thousands of people make the journey to Chicago to see Navy Pier. They are currently working on renovations to prepare for a big celebration in 2016 but the things we wanted to see were going fine. The huge Ferris wheel was fun and provided some great views of the city. I think my family was betting on whether or not I would actually get into the Ferris wheel, I’m a tiny bit afraid of heights, but I did it and it was okay. The ride goes slow enough that people get on and off while it’s still moving.We also got to watch the fireworks while dining at one of the many restaurants on the pier. When the fireworks were done thousands of people were making the journey back to their hotels. We decided to walk back to our hotel along with many other people leaving the Pier. One of the hardest things for me to get used to was the multi-level roads in downtown Chicago. We walked for several blocks on the lower level along with many other tourists. The next day we had things figured out a little bit better and stayed on the upper level. Even with using our Chicago Trolley pass we still ended up walking over 10 miles each day.We couldn’t leave Chicago without seeing the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Thankfully they had a home game Friday and we got to see most if the game before taking off. The concession food at Wrigley was excellent. The peanuts, nachos and Heater Dog were our favorites.