Published: September 5th 2007September 4th 2007
Sears Tower - Tallest skyscraper in the U.S.
We had perfect weather during our time in Chicago! Sunny and nice :)
Friday Morning August 31st David and I drove out to Chicago. We arrived to our hotel around 6 and had dinner.
Saturday we both woke up early, grabbed some free breakfast, and hopped on the blue line train. Our first destination was the Observation Deck at Sears Tower. It was amazing!!! Amazing that some people are so freak'in brave they can complete construction on a structure that tall. After checking out the city from the highest point, we stopped for lunch and had some Chicago style pizza outdoors beneath the towering towers. We were both very excited to check out Lake Michigan and the surrounding parks. We strolled through Grant Park and admired Buckingham Fountain - where our friends Jen and Ryan will be married in a couple weeks. Not far ahead was John G. Shedd's Aquarium, so we decided to check it out. On our way to Shedd Aquarium was a path and along this path stood different globe structures, which represented different artists' interpretations of our planet. Upon entering Shedd Aquarium I snapped a few more pictures of Chicago's awesome skyline. We saw some pretty
Chicago - Navy Pier
David and I at Navy Pier with the Chicago skyline behind us.
awesome creatures inside Shedd including an octopus, a giant sea turtle, glowing fish, and my favorite dolphins :)!!! We bought some dots and then watched some dolphins dance to Enya and do tricks. We wanted to stay, but realized that there were so many other things we wanted to do before we headed back to Ohio. We decided to walk along the lake and purchase some tickets for an architectural and lake boat tour. The boat tour took us down the river and through the city. I felt like a little speck of dust next to the gigantic buildings. We then left the city and boated out to Lake Michingan to check out the skyline at night, which of course was incredible. After the fun, fun, fun boat tour, we decided to catch the blue line back to our hotel. We were feeling very exhausted after a really fun day.
Sunday, feeling a bit sore from all of the walking we rised early and caught the blue line back to the loop. We were feeling a bit hungry, so we stopped at a Dunkin Donut, ordered two bagels, and witnessed a homeless person fighting with the cashier over coffee. It
Chicago - GlobeHugger
Globes, like this one pictured, were everywhere in Grant Park. This picture was taken before I noticed the 'do not touch' sign.
is very sad to see homeless people on the streets. It was very obvious that these people were not pretending. Very sad. Well we wanted to visit Lincoln Park, so we decided to catch a red line train. I do not want to sound negative, but I was not liking the crowded trains so much. We ended up getting off before our stop, because I was feeling a bit anxious. We walked to Lincoln Park, which really was not too far. The Lincoln Park Zoo is awesome and it is free! I love good, free things. We checked out the animals, had some lunch, then decided to walk down to view Lake Michigan. There is a huge beach, not far from Lincoln Park. It was very hot and we were both thinking at that point that we wished we had our swim attire with us. We walked along the beach and found a nice cool spot, under a nice little tree to rest, with a perfect view of the lake and Chicago. We kicked off our shoes and relaxed in the shade. After about an hour or so, we decided to walk to Navy Pier. Navy Pier is a fun
This is my view from the Observation Deck at Sears Tower.
place that offers plenty of places to eat, great views of the lake and city, shopping, music, boat rides, a children's museum, a stainglass museum, and all sorts of fun entertainment. We walked to the pier and sat for awhile taking in all the exciting views and great weather. It was dinner time so we went to a place called Joe's Bee-Bop BBQ, which had live music. After dinner we were feeling worn out and decided to find a train station to return back to the hotel. On our way we walked through Millenium Park. There in Millenium Park is a sculpture of a giant bean, either made of aluminum or stainless steel. Chicago can be seen through the bean. It's really cool :). We hopped on the blue line and thank goodness there was room for us to sit down, because we were beat.
Monday a.m., we decided that we should venture back to Columbus. We missed Kit-ten, Venus, and Matsya.
Chicago is awesome :)
A la prochaine!!!
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