Sunday, September 10, 2017
I spent lots of weekends walking through the city, and once I started dating my future hubby (Manny), I showed him all around the city too. Then in 2006 my family moved to a northern suburb and we've kept on exploring Chicago ever since. We try to visit my parents at least once a year and during that time make a trip into the city.
Here is a little disclaimer. Chicago is full of so many great places to visit and eat. We haven't even touched many of them. So below are some of the places we have been, things we have done, and places we have eaten (and loved!).
Some of my favorite places in Chicago
Shedd Aquarium. I first visited the Shedd Aquarium with my family during college and loved it. There is so much to see and one of my favorites is the dolphin show. I hadn't been to Shedd in years, but this past April, we took our kids, and they had a blast! Out of all the cool things we saw, their favorite... being splashed when the seals would jump in the water. Shedd Aquarium is in a beautiful location and has gorgeous views of the city.
Museums: I have been to the Museum of Science and Industry, the Field Museum of Natural History, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Chicago Children's Museum. It has been years since I have been to some of them, but I recommend checking them out if you have a chance. My kids had a blast at the Children's Museum!
Water Tower: This area is my favorite part of the city. The water tower is in a cute little square surrounded by shops and places like Ghirardelli Ice Cream, and the Water Tower Place (a mall) across the street.
Favorite Food Places:
Gino's East Pizza
Lou Malnati's Pizza
Garrett Popcorn (get the Chicago Mix!)
Favorite Summer Activities:
exploring Navy Pier, shopping along State Street and the Magnificent Mile, a boat tour through the city
Favorite Winter Activities:
Christkindlmarket (a German and European Christmas festival), watching ice skaters in Millenium Park, driving through the city at night and seeing all the Christmas lights (especially along Michigan Ave.)