Chicago is one of the cities that has my heart, I fell in love with it my first visit nearly two years ago. The city has so much to offer; great museums, amazing food, fantastic architecture, and so much more! This trip to Chicago was not planned, in fact I threw it together in a day (flights and hotel). We were originally supposed to be in New York City for my birthday weekend BUT Mother Nature had other plans and hit NYC with a 4th nor’easter. Our flight was cancelled the day before we were scheduled to leave, the earliest flight to NY would have been Friday (we were leaving on a Wednesday coming home the following Monday) so we scratched NYC and said Hello Chicago! Even though we had NOTHING planned for this trip I think we did fairly well and had fantastic trip.
We ended up staying at the Westin River North. The Westin hotels in general are usually beautiful hotels and the River North was no exception. The staff that we encountered were incredibly friendly and helpful, there was always someone in the lobby waiting to hold open a door for us. Our room was fantastic, it had most of the comforts of home, the bathroom was done in a beautiful black marble with a waterfall shower head and the softest, largest towels ever. The best part though, for me anyway, was the view we had. It overlooked part of the Chicago River and the river was still dyed green from St. Patrick’s Day! I’ve wanted to see the river green for a while now and I finally got to see it! I really enjoyed our stay here and can guarantee I will be staying here from now on.
Address: 320 N Dearborn St., Chicago
Of course no trip to Chicago is complete until you take a stroll through Millennium Park, you have to stop and see Cloud Gate or ‘the bean’ as it is also known and the Crown Fountain. If you walk a bit farther you will get to Buckingham Fountain, it was weird seeing this fountain turned off but it was still in the 32-44 degree Fahrenheit, so it was probably for the best.
Pro Tip: Get to the bean as early as possible to avoid a ton of tourists in your pictures.
John Hancock Building or 360 Chicago as it’s now known is one of my favorite observation decks. The observation deck is located on the 94th floor or 1,000 feet above Magnificent Mile. This is the second time we’ve gone to the observation deck, this time we went closer to sunset and chose the drink package, which is admission to the observation deck and a cocktail or beer once you’re up there. The cocktail selection wasn’t very large but the beer selection has a few more options. Some of my best pictures of the city have been taken at John Hancock and I highly recommend coming here. One of these days, I might be brave enough to purchase tickets for the Tilt! The Tilt! isn’t something I want to explain, it’s something you need to see to believe so head over to the website and check it out.
Address: 875 Michigan Ave,Chicago
Price: varies depending on type of ticket
Adler Planetarium was a very cool experience. We like to walk everywhere so it was a long walk to get from the hotel to the planetarium but it was a beautiful day out and worth the hike down there. The day we went must have been field trip day because there were school buses and kids everywhere! We did fairly well avoiding the crowds of kids. My favorite part of the planetarium was seeing the Gemini 12 spacecraft and learning more about the planets.
Address: 1300 Lake Shore Dr, Chicago
Price: varies by type of ticket, general admission is $12
Museum of Contemporary Art is a very cool smaller museum located off of Michigan Ave. You actually pass it while walking to 360 Chicago, it’s off of Chicago Ave. Since this museum is on the smaller side, you can easily see everything in a couple of hours. The exhibitions are always rotating here. My two favorite exhibitions were Felix (which ends April 8,2018) and the Howardena Pindell: What Remains To Be Seen (which runs until May 20,2018) You definitely need to make time to come here and see some amazing art.
Address: 220 E Chicago Ave., Chicago
Price: Suggested price is $15
We also went to the Langham hotel for Afternoon Tea and City Winery for an amazing experience which I will write about in length in separate posts. Have you been to Chicago? What is your favorite place to visit? Let me know in the comments below!