I have two friends making trips to Chicago in the near future and digging out my guidebooks for them, etc. has made me excited about Chicago all over again.
If you've never been I would definitely recommend a trip at some point.
I love this fun Chicago sign. It is great for photo ops!
Here are some fun things to do in Chicago:
The Shedd Aquarium - beluga whales, poisonous dart frogs, all sorts of fish, penguins . . . it is a beautiful and stunning environment to spend some time in. Especially if you go to Chicago when it's cold, it's a great place to stay out of the weather. Last time I went I found out via a little internet research that teachers get in free to the aquarium everyday with their school id! How cool is that?
Filene's Basement for bargain hunting fun
fun & funky shops on Armitage Ave.
Paper Source - I could spend hours in this store
Garrett Popcorn Shop - I couldn't believe the line out the door but when we made it to the front of the tiny establishment, ordered our brown paper bags of popcorn and began munching, I could understand. wow.
Marshall's - believe it or not I would spend time on vacation shopping at Marshall's. :)
I'm partial to the one on State Street and I have found really great stuff there at great prices.
H&M - course I love this in any city that has one. :)
foodlife in the Water Tower Mall - first the fountains that greet you as you walk in the doors off Michigan Ave are just fun. Take the escalators up, up, up and you'll find yourself at the food court. This isn't just any old mall food court. You get a card when you go in and then can visit any of the MANY food stations with all different sorts of things to try. They swipe your card when you leave to see what all you've gotten and then you pay.
The Bongo Room for breakfast. Let me just say chocolate tower of French toast.
And there's so much more that I've never even done yet that I'd like to do and see:
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
CB2 - an off shoot of Crate and Barrel
photo: me in front of the river
What are your favorite things in Chicago? Have you been to any of the places that I haven't yet?