Updated: Mar 2
I recently visited the beautiful city of Chicago. I left the day before the tragic shootings took place in Highland Park. I debated waiting to post about Chicago, but I feel people should hear about all the wonderful things the city of Chicago has to offer. While I was here, I met people from all over Chicago; as well as people who have moved to Chicago from Africa, Mexico, and various other parts of the world. People here are friendly, helpful, and kind. All the families affected by the tragic shootings are in my thoughts. Here is to all the wonderful people in the city of Chicago, thank you for sharing your city with me.
My previous visit to Chicago was in February several years ago. July is a much more pleasant time to visit! Chicago is a beautiful city with unbelievable architecture! My biggest surprise was how geographically large Chicago is! We walked a lot of miles while we visited! Here are a few of my favorite places to see in the Windy City!
#1-Buckingham Fountain-One of the largest fountains in the world is found in Chicago at Grant Park. This picture does not do justice to the beauty or size of this fountain. It felt like I was in Europe not a U.S. city! Right next to the fountain is the Grant Park Rose Gardens. These are beautiful!
#2-Navy Pier-Here you will find the Centennial Wheel, a carousel, and many options for boat trips along Lake Michigan. There are also several places to eat such as Beatrix, Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, and Giordano's. Chicago's famous popcorn, Garrett Popcorn Shops, can also be found here. Of course, you also have a beautiful view of Lake Michigan from here.
#3 Ohio Street Beach-You can't go to Chicago and not put your feet in Lake Michigan. The water was a bit chilly in July but very refreshing! This beach is very popular with families and their dogs!
#4 Cloud Gate also known as "The Bean"-is an iconic landmark in Chicago. We were there just before the 4th of July so it was quite crowded! We were lucky enough to also hear a symphony playing traditional American music. They were playing in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion while walking through the park! Millennium Park is quite large and filled with green space and various types of art. It is a beautiful park.
#5-360 Chicago-Here you travel up to the 94th floor and have incredible views of the city! You can also pay to do the TILT, pictured above. The TILT is fully enclosed in glass and is 1,030 feet above the ground! You step into the glass enclosure and they slowly tilt you over the edge of the building. You feel like you are about to fall off the building!
Have you been to Chicago? If so, what are your favorite places to visit?