Recently, Jason and I got to visit our friends in CHICAGO! Joe and Anne left CA for the Midwest a few years ago, and I'm so glad we were finally able to visit them in their new home. Joe and Jason are old friends from high school, and thankfully, Anne and I get along just as well as the guys. It was a treat to get to spend time with them AND explore Chicago. Jason and I had both been before as kids, but never together! Our hosts put together a perfectly planned weekend- mixing the best sight seeing with their favorite spots as locals. We got the best of both worlds, and it was fantastic. Thanks for hosting us, taking time off work, making us pancakes and bacon, and for being our BFFs.
First stop on day one was Cloud Gate, or "the Bean" in Millennium Park! The weather was muggy, and overcast so we didn't spend much time in the park. Thankfully, we left when we did, because it started raining on our way back to Joe's place. By the end of the weekend we saw every type of weather the Midwest had to offer us. We started calling it "June-uary" because one minute it was hot and summery, like June, and the next it was cold and rainy, like January.
The afternoon of day one was all about Wrigley! We took the train out to Wrigleyville, and enjoyed walking around to the restaurants/bars surrounding the field before heading into the game. The Cubs were playing The Kansas City Royals, and there were a lot of KC fans around. It was my first time going to a game at Wrigley and I really loved it. Even though they are adding fancy new elements to the park, I felt the old school baseball spirit, and liked being able to kick back and watch good baseball, even if my Giants weren't playing. :)
Day two, we woke up to RAIN. We were bummed, but we braved the elements, and decided to visit the Field Museum. I had been before, so it was fun to see some of the same exhibits, like Sue the Dino. There was a Michael Jordan exhibit on the backside of the museum grounds that we made sure to visit, for the guys. It featured a bunch of great photos of Michael throughout his career, and would have been really fun to see- had it not been incredibly windy and drizzling.
Day three included a trip up to the Signature Room Lounge of the John Hancock building. It was free to ride the elevator 95 floors up, and to sit and enjoy the views you were encouraged to buy drinks. Totally worth it for us. Ladies: make sure you use the restroom up there, because there are floor to ceiling windows with views you can't see in the main room. Score! Also, I love that selfie within a selfie, of us 4.
The afternoon of day three was spent on a boat architecture tour on the Chicago River. The tour lasted about 75 minutes and gave us a historical foundation for the city and facts about the many interesting buildings lining the river. We enjoyed it and would recommend the experience, besides the fact that it was a cold rainy day, and even colder on the water. Above, you can see me and Anne trying to warm up with hot chocolate. My favorite building is the one made to look like a champagne bottle (2nd photo from the bottom).
Above are some of my favorite photos from the trip. Obviously, I was excited to find the American Girl store- a hot spot on my trip to Chicago 15 years ago. The view of the city at night was taken on Joe's balcony. One night, I just sat and watched the lights for almost an hour, they were mesmerizing! Thankfully, he had a noise machine to block out the city noise. It was like staying at a full service hotel. Thanks again Joe!
The mirror in the elevator lobby screamed selfie. And I was happy to oblige.
We had a really great time seeing the city, but mostly loved spending time with Joe and Anne, whom we affectionally refer to as our BFF couple. This is the 3 year in a row we spent a weekend together in the summer, and I'm already looking forward to next year's "vacation". I vote somewhere tropical. :)
Check back soon for my wrap up of all the yummy places we ate! Because what's a vacation without a ton of great meals?