Last time I visited Chicago, it was solely for work. This time around, Gloria had a work conference to attend. The opportunist in me thought it would be fun to tag along. In the short time that we were there, we actually got to see a lot of the city.
On the first day, we crossed off a handful on our “places to visit” list. We started off by walking South from the Magnificent Mile area towards the Willis Tower. One of the coolest sights to see in Chicago, at least in my opinion, is the abundance of bridges over the Chicago River. It’s neat to see beautiful architecture and big skyscrapers right along a river.
Upon arrival at the Willis Tower, we took the quick elevator up to the 103rd floor. For as fast as it was going, it was a smooth ride to the top. Here’s the view looking North:
We spent a good amount of time just enjoying the views from the 103rd floor. To be quite honest, we spent a lot of time up there playing on the Skydeck glass ledge! What’s that, you ask?! Well, it’s basically a glass ledge that extends off of the building, and it’s made of glass on all sides, including the floor. You can stand on the ledge and look down (if you want to, of course).
Gloria loves doing adrenaline pumping things. I, on the other hand, am deathly afraid of a lot of things, heights being one of those fears. No hesitation when she walked out onto the ledge. As a matter of fact, she was jumping up and down on it to prove to me that it was safe for me to stand on it. I logically knew it was safe, but looking down, it was just too scary for me! Seriously, it made my knees weak just thinking about how high up we were.
After much contemplation (and lots and lots of hesitation), I faced my fears and made the step out onto the ledge. I survived, obviously, haha! I am very proud of myself for doing something that I didn’t think I could do.
After spending time in the Willis Tower, we then walked a handful of blocks towards Millennium Park. Once we got there, we were told we couldn’t get up close to the Buckingham Fountain because they were filming the next Transformers movie. I thought that was pretty neat, but I really wanted to see the fountain, so we waited just so I could snap these photos:
…and because it was just around the corner, we walked North to see the Bean!
To end our first day in the city, we had to eat at Giordano’s for the deep dish pizza. It’s like a staple food in Chicago, haha.
Totally stuffed, we ventured back to our hotel while enjoying the lights from the skyline. The next morning, we headed up towards Lincoln Park and enjoyed their awesome zoo. Here are some random pictures from the zoo:
We did get to see the Polar Bear, for only a brief minute though. It was way too hot and humid outside, so the zookeepers had to pull it into the backroom with a cooler climate.
Later that evening, we hit up Navy Pier. I really wanted to see the view of the skyline at night, so we went on the ferris wheel. Again, I was scared to be up that high, but I did it anyway.
After playing at Navy Pier, we took a taxi back towards Michigan Avenue and had a late dinner at The Purple Pig. I really wanted to try this place out because most of the reviews for this restaurant looked stellar. After waiting for over an hour to get seated, I’m glad we ate here because it was ah-mazingly delicious! Here are some food pictures:
We tried a bunch of other well-known and reputable restaurants and eateries in the city, but I didn’t manage to shoot pictures with the SLR. Those pictures are all on my phone, haha! As far as the rest of the trip, it was spent shopping (and more shopping) and enjoying the city life. Here are some other random pictures that I snapped while walking around the city:
Yup, that pretty much sums up my trip to Chicago. Oh, did I mention that I was born in Chicago?! I guess in a way, I was born a city girl.