Living only 30 minutes from Chicago for the past 17 years, you’d think I’d get used to it. I haven’t. Standing on the crowded sidewalks next to sky-high buildings listening to the hum of the city and breathing in the enticements of nearby restaurants still charms me.
This past weekend, I captured my trip to Chicago just for you. If you have never visited the windy city I hope this whets your appetite for a visit!
If you have never seen Lake Michigan from the city, you are missing out; it’s beautiful. No matter how many times I’ve seen it, I have to get a picture.
If we are anywhere near the Water Tower Mall, we have to make a stop.
This is why:
Like a moth to a flame. 🙂 It doesn’t matter what we are doing or where we are going, the Lego Store is non-negotiable for this guy. haha
Chicago has so many opportunities for pictures.
Plenty of outdoor seating; perfect for summertime!
If you are ever downtown, you need to check this place out! When my husband used to work in Chicago he would take clients here and always told me how amazing it was. (I tried a Weber Grill in another part of Illinois but this was my first time in Chicago’s restaurant.) The other restaurant just could not compare!
We met up with friends for dinner and they were gracious enough to take pictures of their plates for me. 🙂
Every bite was amazing! I couldn’t stop eating and neither could anyone else! (I would offer a recommendation but everything tasted equally good! Ok, order the garlic mashed potatoes; my mouth is watering just thinking about it!)
The Chicago River is another place I HAVE to stop for pictures. I highly recommend a river tour if you visit, it’s a great way to see the city. Next on my bucket list is kayaking the Chicago River.
I love just watching the city go about its day. It was also nice to walk downtown with friends for a while and catch up; a perfect night!
I was pretty excited to see Millennium Park at night, which was a first for me.
The Bean looked amazing with the skyline against the night sky!
This is one of four art towers in Chicago that commemorate its history.
The inscription reads: “Regeneration- The Great Chicago Fire in October eighteen hundred and seventy-one devastated the city. From its ashes the people of Chicago caused a new and greater city to rise imbued with that indomitable spirit and energy by which they have ever been guided.”
“Return Visit” was recently erected in Chicago just before our Presidential election but will only stay for the remainder of this year. (Fun fact: The common man standing with President Lincoln is holding the Gettysburg Address.)
Yep, another picture of the Chicago River. 🙂
I just HAD to get a picture of the K9 statues that are set up all over the city. 65 statues have been sponsored, designed and set on display until Labor Day when they will be auctioned off to raise support for various police charities.
Last stop of the night. 🙂
This place has three levels; it just keeps going!
I’m not sure I’d recommend taking your kids here; it’s hard enough to resist as an adult! And the prices are pricey, but it is so much fun to just look at everything.
Last picture of the store, I promise; it’s just so colorful!
That’s it for my little tour of Chicago. We thoroughly enjoyed our time downtown but there’s always so much to do that we usually leave with a list of things we plan to do on our next visit. 🙂
If you are ever in the area, make sure you swing through the city, you won’t regret it. I promise it will be time well spent.
Have you ever been to Chicago? Tell me in the comments your favorite restaurant, activity or sights to see!