A Week in the Windy City

I love Chicago.

Brian and I just spent a week exploring this vibrant and dynamic city and we had so much fun! We landed at O’Hare late Tuesday night…just in time for me to experience my first trip on the “L”. It was not bad. I love all of the public transportation, in general, in this city…no driving, no traffic, no problem! We were able to squeeze in a run across Michigan Avenue and around Millennium Park before heading to the beach on July 4th, and spent the rest of the day celebrating America’s birthday with some of our good friends! We loved the fact that the beach was within walking distance and Lake Michigan’s brisk temperature was a welcomed contrast to the sweltering heat of the day. 

Loved seeing Ruthie and Scotty! 

Boys will be boys….

We tagged along to a cookout with our sweet friends, Andy and Annie, and watched the fireworks off of Navy Pier with all of our new friends! It was a great way to celebrate my favorite holiday. My heart swelled with pride as we sat there watching the spectacular display of fireworks, celebrating with thousands of others. I’m so proud to be an American, and feel so blessed to live in a country with so many hard-fought freedoms.

The rest of the week flew by! We visited Shedd Aquarium, which I LOVED. Brian indulgently waited as I gleefully took in the Penguin exhibit. I just love those animals! We were really impressed by all of the exhibits and enjoyed our morning and our reprieve from the heat. We also went to The Museum of Science and Industry which was equally enjoyable! We turned in to little kids as we (im)patiently waited in line for the hands-on exhibits. It was so fun!! We especially enjoyed the weather and natural disasters activities, as well as our tour of the U-505 submarine from World War II. We are both history buffs, and greatly appreciated the experience.

A couple of good recommendations from our “Tour Guide” saw us to some amazing restaurants (Chicago does Italian VERY well!), as well as Second City Comedy Club. We laughed so hard and absolutely loved our date night to Hub 51 and the show!

 

Though we played tourists quite a bit between mornings at the museums, taking Millennium Park pictures,  and drinks at the Trump Tower, my favorite part of the trip was the time I spent with Brian. Walking around the city, exploring our way through the neighborhoods. Stopping for drinks, pizza, or a nap…depending on the day. Having no agenda, no plans, no to-do’s. Catching up with our dear friends, and meeting new ones. Racing to Coldstone across town with Dan and Ashley before it closed, taking walks across the beach front, and browsing through local artists’ collections during a street fair.

 

I had an absolute blast. Thank you for an amazing trip, Brian! For the memories, laughter, and pictures I know you did not want to take–haha! What a way to celebrate our year together, as well as America’s birthday. I love you.

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