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I had often heard from friends and acquaintances how beautiful Chicago was, how much there was to do there, and how it makes for a great long weekend trip. Many friends also get the pleasure of traveling there for business and taking in the sights, posh hotel rooms, and professional sporting events.
The city had been on my travel list for quite a while, but had unfortunately been pushed off a few times. This year I finally had the time and travel buddies to make it work. We spent a lovely four days with another couple in the windy city and we’re all convinced one trip isn’t enough! Chicago is a dream for architecture buffs, and I loved the views.
Here are some of our highlights from our weekend in the city.
1. See the local sports teams!
Chicago has many professional sports team to check out but since we were there in the summer we decided to take in a Cubs game. It was also the 100 year celebration at Wrigley Field so it just made that much more sense to take in a game. Although, as Canadians, if we were visiting at a different time of year hockey would have won out. I really enjoyed how all the homes that look onto the field had built their own stands on the top and people can rent seats there instead of in the actual stadium – very unique!
2. Walk, walk, walk!
It’s a beautiful city; they have a gorgeous lake and gorgeous river running straight through the downtown. We were constantly in awe at how clean the river was and the boardwalk area made for a really great morning run. We wandered all through the downtown area, up and down the boardwalk, through the harbor and of course we walked along the magnificent mile.
I have found I am doing less and less shopping when in the US, usually I hit up the Nordstrom Rack to see if I find any good sales and that’s it. On this trip, I also made the exception to check out BHLDN and try on wedding dresses since we don’t have them in Canada. We also did a river boat architecture tour, which although touristy, was a great way to learn more about the city.
3. Take a selfie at the “bean” and visit the Skydeck
These are both very touristy things to do in the city but as a first time visitor I felt we had to do them and both were a lot of fun. Millennium Park where the bean, or the cloud, is located is a beautiful green space and there was a fun art/waterpark installation right next to it which was a welcomed reprieve from the heat and humidity. Our trip to the Skydeck was also a lot of fun and a great way to see the city from another perspective, and although it was a quick visit I would still say that it was worth it.
Chicago is a foodie heaven with all sorts of options. We spent a lot of time looking online before heading there but found it best just to ask for recommendations. No matter what you’re in the mood for, or if you’re looking to splurge you’ll definitely find somewhere to have a memorable meal.
Are you from Chicago or have you been? Any tips that I’ve missed or places to visit and things to do for the inevitable return trip? Leave a comment.