Chicago – My Kind of Town

I’m back! We got back from a whirlwind trip to Chicago earlier this week – and we had such a fantastic time!
 
We arrived last Wednesday and checked into the Millennium Knickerbocker, which was very nice and right off of Michigan Avenue, aka The Magnificent Mile.  We did so much during our time there – here are some of the highlights:
 
Architectural Boat Tour
Relaxing while a boat took us down and back up the river, while we learned about the history of Chicago and many of the buildings lining its skyline.
 
Art Institute of Chicago
They have a great permanent collection including A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Seurat, Chagall’s America Windows and many of Van Gogh’s paintings. We were able to view the Roy Lichtenstein exhibit as well as a photo exhibit on NYC.
 
Exploring different neighborhoods

We went to Wicker Park, a trendy, hipster-type area and walked around the different shops. They also have some cool restaurants and bars and we had a great BBQ dinner that night. The area reminded me a lot of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Andersonville and Wrigleyville were also a lot of fun – we started out on Southport Avenue and walked to Wrigley Field to hang out across the street at the Cubby Bear Bar while the Cubs played the Cincinnati Reds. We then made our way to Andersonville and explored North Clark Street.

Lincoln Park is also a lovely part of town and we visited the zoo, explored Oz Park and strolled down the streets.
 
Ghost Tour
This is the first ghost tour that took us around on a bus, so we were able to cover a very large area. We saw the site of the St. Valentine’s Day massacre, amongst other spooky sites. 
 
John Hancock Tower
Up to the 94th floor to take in panoramic views of the city. It was a lot of fun to see the town from this perspective. 
 
Millennium Park
Home of “The Bean” art sculpture among many other cool art pieces. We sat here and relaxed as a free opera concert was going on mere feet away from us.
 
Next up – the food of Chicago!
 
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