So I gave my mom the travel bug! I had been talking about going to Chicago with my friends so much, that my mom decided she wanted to go too. We went during the labour day weekend, and literally walked across the whole city. I also made sure to get every aerial view that I could.

View from the plane.

We got in Thursday night, and just did some exploring around our hotel to get oriented.

Friday was our big walk.  We walked all the way across Millennium Park down to the Adler Planetarium and Shedd Aquarium, and then visited Sue (the world’s largest T-Rex) at The Field Museum.

From here we walked far north.  While in New York I discovered DSW (a shoe store) and fell in love.  Now, when I looked it up in Chicago, I only found a location on the other side of the river. And so north we went.  And from there it was only a 20 minute walk to the Willis Tower, so that was our next stop.

The Willis Tower is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. It’s 1,353 feet in the air, which is really high (basically 103 floors high).  They also have these glasses boxes that extend 4.3 feet out from the skydeck, but I could not would not step on it. It was a bit of a foggy day, but the views were still great.

And from here we both needed a break. So we went shopping down the Michigan Mile.  It was the labour day weekend, so there were tons of sales and so we ended up doing a little shopping every day.

When we told people we were going to Chicago, everybody told us to do an architecture river cruise.  People told us it was good, but we were in semi-disbelief.  But it really was amazing.  We booked the first tour on Saturday morning, which they called the photography tour as they stay at each stop just a little longer, and it was the highlight of the trip.  Here’s a few of the buildings we saw.

From here we headed down to Navy Pier, and then headed in the ‘burbs to watch a play by the same theatre group I saw last time.  I like getting out of the city for a few hours, it’s a nice change the pace.

And that evening, after waiting in line for hours (really), we got our deep dish pizza. Here’s my mom anxiously awaiting our pizza.


Our last day (it was a very sad day), started at the John Hancock Observatory, for a final aerial view.  This observatory is 1,000 feet high, located on the 94th floor.  It was the best view we had all weekend.

And then we did a little more shopping.  Mom had to stop by the American Girl store to see what all the fuss was about (she’s a preschool teacher), and I wanted to hit up a few more sales before returning home.

It was really the perfect long weekend.  Chicago’s such a great city and I’d go back in a heartbeat.

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