I definitely told myself that I was going to be better about posting regularly, but then life was like, “yeah, no.” February/March have been absolutely mental. Work has been crazy, I’ve been travelling a ton, I got engaged (shout out to Rohan for being the best). Needless to say, it’s been a struggle to get on here and write!
That being said, I wanted to share my trip to none other than the Windy City, Chicago! We went the weekend before Valentine’s Day, and it.was.incredible. Talk about an amazing city. It’s lively, there’s so much to do, the food is ridiculous, and it’s relatively affordable. Here’s what we got up to for three days in Chicago.
This may or may not be the most-Instagrammed/most-Instagrammable site in Chicago. Everyone has seen Cloud Gate, better known as The Bean. Located in Millenium Park, next to the Art Institute, Cloud Gate is a sculpture by Anish Kapoor. It’s basically a giant bean shaped mirror structure. It’s actually pretty cool in person. The reflection of the cityscape is beyond breathtaking. Pro tip: Sunset is a really pretty time to go, but if you go super early in the morning you might be able to get a photo without a million people around.
1,353 Feet in the Sky
Let me preface this by saying that I am not a heights person. Rohan, on the other hand, wants to go to the top of any tall structure he can find. So there I found myself, over a thousand feet in the sky, trying not to have a public meltdown. Of course I’m talking about the Skydeck in the Willis Tower. Formerly known as the Sears Tower, the Skydeck takes you to the 103 floor, at 1.353 ft above ground. To be honest, it wasn’t too terrible, if you don’t look down. It got a little dicey once we stepped out onto the Skydeck boxes, which are made of literal glass. In all fairness, the glass floor is so thick that it’s super reflective and hard to see through, which helps. And it was totally worth it, the view of the city is amazing from that vantage point. At $23, it wasn’t too pricey of an attraction, either. Let’s be real here, if you went to Chicago & didn’t go the Skydeck, did you really even go?
Drinks with a View
Chicago really has a thing for skyscrapers. Probably the second most famous, and third tallest in the city is the John Hancock Center. Now, this houses Chicago 360, and Tilt! However, if you’ve already paid to go up the Willis Tower, I highly recommend saving a few bucks and trying the Signature Lounge. Essentially it is a bar on the 96th floor, which features floor to ceiling windows. I recommend going at night, because the view really is something else. The drinks aren’t cheap, but you’re mostly paying for the atmosphere anyway. There is a restaurant on the 95th floor that is the same concept, but I’ve been told it’s overpriced, so I’d save your dollars. Pro tip: The ladies’ lavatory has an amazing view with less reflection, if you want that perfect ‘gram. Soz boys!
Chicago has a lot of really cool street art, all over the place. I’d say just pay attention to your surroundings, because it’s super likely to just happen upon a really cool piece. Some are only viewable from the metro, some are on ground level. Just keep your eyes peeled. For a pretty exhaustive list check out this post. Some of these are pretty out of the way, but hey, if you’ve got the time, go get that ‘gram! The picture above and below are off of Wabash Ave.
I’ve been told that this is about 100million times better in the summer, but winter didn’t leave me wanting, either. Navy Pier features a pretty touristy, gimmicky vibe, complete with a Bubba Gumps’and a ferris wheel. Dat.view.doe. You won’t get a better view of the complete city anywhere else. And looking out over Lake Michigan is fab as well. It is so incredible to me, still, that it’s a lake and not an ocean. Breathtaking.
Lincoln Park Zoo is probably the best zoo I’ve ever been to. There are tons of animals there, including a snow leopard, an otter & a polar bear. It is free entry, which is super nice, and they do a lot of conservation work. You can get really up close to many of the animals, which is really cool. It was not very crowded, but then again, it was February. If you’re an animal lover, and have a few hours to kill, it is a super fun option. Plus, the view of the city from the zoo is really good!
Chicago is such a cool city. It’s full of life and has great attractions. It’s pretty affordable as far as big cities go. The best, and easiest way to get around is the Metro, in my opinion. It can take you anywhere, and a 3 day pass is only $20 for unlimited trips. We really, really enjoyed Chicago, and will definitely be back soon.
Have you ever been to Chicago? What are your favorite things about it, and where should I go when I next visit? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, keep an eye out for my next one; all about the fantastic food in Chicago! As always, thanks for reading, and stay golden!