Friday, September 19, 2014

Weekend Trip to Chicago

For Christmas last year my grandparents gifted T and I a GoCity 1-day pass for Chicago. We've been trying to find a good time to take a weekend trip for a few months now and finally I said we needed to just go or the pass was going to expire. Now that we live on the West side of Michigan, Chicago is only a 3 hour drive. So Saturday morning we dropped Duke off at Camp Bow Wow and headed Southwest :)

We arrived in Chicago around 10:30am, parked the car (parking is SO expensive in the city! Ah!), and headed to Millennium Park where we picked up rented bicycles to ride around the city.


Once on the bicycles we headed to the lake shore and road from the Navy Pier to Michigan Ave. The ride/views of Lake Michigan were beautiful and the trail was packed with runners and bikers. Chicago is definitely an active city! We locked up the bikes and then walked to the John Hancock Tower, where we went up to the top to experience Chicago 360. You can't beat the views from up there.

After the Hancock Tower we walked over to Water Tower Place to find a place to eat a quick lunch. The only sit down restaurant was Harry Carey's Seventh Inning Stretch so we headed there. I hope it was just a bad day, but it was absolutely the worst service we have ever had at a restaurant, but what can you do?

Once we were done with lunch we headed back to the Navy Pier, dropped off our bikes, and hoped on an architectural boat tour. I think this was Thomas' favorite part and I'll admit it's pretty cool!

 This building is so big that it has it's own zip code!

We spent the rest of the evening walking Navy Pier, which was highly disappointing because they're currently renovating it. And then we crashed hard. At 10pm.

We headed to breakfast bright and early Sunday morning and then walked back to Millennium Park to take the obligatory Bean pictures and then we walked a little further to Buckingham Fountain.

After the sightseeing was completed we headed back to Michigan Ave aka the Magnificent Mile to do a little shopping. I can't believe this actually happened, BUT I actually didn't purchase anything and Thomas got 2 pairs of Levi jeans!

Then it was time to head back to Michigan and pick up our pup! Chicago is such a fun city and I'm certain that there's still so many new fun activities to do that we haven't yet. I hope we can make another trip back soon.

Have you been to Chicago? If so, what was your favorite part?


  1. I only live 1-1.5 hours from Chicago, but I have to say I think I've been to NYC more times than I've been to Chicago, LOL. I'd love to go there sometime, will have to plan a weekend. Looks like a fun trip and you guys got some great pictures!! :)

    1. I'd probably choose NYC over Chicago too, but Thomas refuses to ever go there. That just means I'll have to plan a girls trip with my Grandma :)