In early July we decided to take an overnight trip to Chicago and I am finally getting around to sharing a few pictures!! I know I mentioned before that my husband had been on vacation and I cut back a lot with blogging during that time, then I was sick with a summer cold and once again didn't feel like blogging much. But he's back at work now and I am over my cold so I finally managed to get the post done!
I had an Amtrak ticket voucher from a cancelled trip to Chicago in January and when I read that American Ballet Theatre (America's National Ballet Company) was coming to downtown Chicago for one of their "ABT on Tour" stops, I thought this was the perfect time to visit.
Unfortunately my original hotel choice is way too expensive in the Summer, (the Kimpton Monaco - I love this boutique hotel on the Chicago River with its large window seats!) so instead I decided to to book a room in the Chicago Theatre District, at the Hampton Inn Majestic. While this hotel lacked the beautiful view, it does come with free breakfast and the location is just as good as the Kimpton Monaco with only a 7 minute walk to Millennium Park where the ABT was performing. Highly recommend if you don't necessarily care about the view but are looking for a good night's sleep. (It was definitely one of the most quiet hotels I ever stayed in!)
The train arrived mid-morning so we had plenty of time for sightseeing before we were able to check into the hotel and until our legs felt like they'd fall of :-). I don't know what it is about these big cities, but everything appears to be so close and by the time you reach your destination you have walked many miles!
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After stopping at the Pittsfield Cafe for lunch, our first stop was at the Millennium Park where the dancers would be performing at Pritzker Pavilion.
(Below is a photo of my lunch at the Pittsfield Café, I chose the California Dreams, which was a grilled Chicken sandwich with sliced Avocado, Swiss cheese and caramelized onions. Yum!! I discovered this café through TripAdvisor and it was our first time eating here but definitely not our last! My husband wasn't so sure about the building it was in (it's an old art deco building that's looks a bit abandoned when you first enter) but he too loved his food. And honestly I personally loved the building.
I'm sure most of you will recognize part of this Chicago landmark, the Bean a.k.a Cloud Gate ... you can see the flash of my camera with the four of us. This is the side of the bean.
And another view.
Outfit details for those of you interested:
- Utility Jacket by GAP (Old - Options: GAP // LL Bean // Amazon)
- AG Prima Jeans from Nordstrom Rack (also available HERE and HERE)
- Taos Star Canvas Sneakers in Beige Wash (Available at Zappos, Amazon and Taosfootwear) (These do run small so size up half)
- LOFT thin knit sweater (old - option)
- Baggallini Travel Crossbody Bag (Options)
Below is another view at the Chicago River, this time with Lake Michigan in the background. There are so many boat tour options in Chicago and I can't believe the only one we've ever taken was in 1999, which was a Lake Michigan Boat tour. I really want to take the Architectural Tour on the Chicago River, and will be sure to plan this next time when we visit the city.
After checking out a few stores at Water Tower Place on Michigan Avenue, we crossed over Lakeshore drive and onto Lakeshore Trail where we came upon one of Chicago's beaches.
This is Ohio Street Beach, I'm sure usually packed in the Summer but on this day it was cold and windy so not too many people here. But if you look closely on the right side, there were still some brave souls who got into the water.
We have never been to Chicago and it looks like a cool city to visit. And kind of nice and cool in the summer!ReplyDelete
I would love to visit Chicago at some point, what an awesome place. You took some amazing photos. I love the angle of the Willis Tower shot.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much for sharing with #MMBC. :)
Looks like fun! I was hoping to visit Chicago this summer!ReplyDelete
Curated By Jennifer
It looks like such a fun trip, even if it was cold and you had to wear a jacket, you managed to see a lot of good things! It's nice you were able to get away :)ReplyDelete
Hope you are having a nice weekend :) Quiet one here, with lockdown!
Away From The Blue
What a great and busy visit you had to a stunning city. Thanks for sharing your photosReplyDelete
Sounds like you had a wonderful trip despite the weather. We have been having unusually cold weather too and I spent many days in July dressed in layers or coats; which is pretty odd for us too.ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing your wonderful tour of Chicago. I think you managed to pack a lot in. The Bean looks amazing, and I love the fountain too. I think 68F is a good temperature, we were on holiday last week in the UK and the highest temperature we had was about 70...the beaches were packed.ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing! I have flown into Chicago a number of times but never had time to really "visit." I really need to make time on my next trip!ReplyDelete
What a fun trip! I haven't been to Chicago in awhile, but it is one of my favorite cities. Definitely have to go back soon!ReplyDelete
Stay in touch? Life of an Earth Muffin
Lovely photos of our beautiful city. You have a wonderful eye...love the seagull photo!!!SandiReplyDelete
Fun trip! I've been to Chicago a few times and I still haven't gone to see the bean. I need to do that next time. I have been to Navy Pier though, and the last time I went, my sister and I stayed at the Congress Hotel. We learned it was haunted the night before we went LOLReplyDelete
What a great little getaway! You did so much fun stuff. Thanks for sharing your photos and fun trip with us, Ellie!ReplyDelete
wow that was amazing!ReplyDelete
Looks like a fun trip. I'd love to visit Chicago someday.ReplyDelete
Wonderful photos of your trip. This part of Chicago is amazing.ReplyDelete
Beautiful photos, so many familiar sites; my son lives there so I feel like it's my "second city".ReplyDelete
Wonderful photos. The bean was not there when I visited and the Trump building was just foundations so nice to see how it turned out!ReplyDelete
What a fabulous trip! I’ve never been to Chicago, so it was wonderful to see glimpses of it through your post.ReplyDelete
Oh how fun. Chicago is one of my most favorite cities in the US. You did so much fun stuff!ReplyDelete
Goodness, that was a lot to see in two days! Such a wonderful treat.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing your link at My Corner of the World this week!
I really like the first picture and the last ain´t bad either.ReplyDelete