October 25, 2011

Chicago in Pictures

So the race didn't quite go as planned, but the rest of my time in Chicago was incredible! It truly is an amazing and beautiful city. We stayed in the heart of downtown (Hampton Inn Majestic - wonderful!), right in the Loop, so we were able to do most of our exploring on foot or with the help of public transportation. My favorite thing, hands down, was the infamous Bean (aka Cloud Gate) - I could've stared at that thing all day! But really, everything about Chicago is wonderful - the architecture, food, parks, people, shopping, sights & sounds... I will most definitely be back one day!

Here are the highlights of what we saw/did:

* oohed and ahhhed at the famous sign at the Chicago Theater
* admired the views from the Skydeck at the top of Sears Tower (aka Willis Tower)
* rode the carousel at Navy Pier
* took an architecture cruise down the Chicago River
* visited the John Hancock Observatory for some sunset views of the city
* went shopping on the Magnificent Mile and the Loop
* walked along Lake Michigan
* saw Sue the T-rex at the Field Museum
* strolled through the lovely Old Town
* took a skyline cruise on Lake Michigan
* quick visit to Shedd Aquarium to see some jellies
* devoured some authentic deep dish pizza
* celebratory cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery
* saw the Bean and Crown Fountain in Millenium Park
* strolled through Grant Park and saw Buckingham Fountain
* quick trip to The Art Institute of Chicago for some Picasso, Van Gogh, & Dali


  1. I love Chicago so much! We were there for a wedding in July for about 6 days & got through maybe a third of what we wanted to. We didn't get to an architecture cruise, which was something we really wanted to try & get in. Glad you had fun! :)

  2. What a great slideshow (made on a mac?) Fantastic, fantastic pictures! Congrats on notching another successful landmark marathon off of your list. 4 hours will be yours someday very soon, and it will be that much sweeter! :)