Man, I love Chicago. I love the skyline. I love the shopping. I love the overall character of the city. To be honest, I was very hesitant to make the trip back to the Windy City. The last time we had traveled to Chicago I had a sinus infection so bad we had to cut our tip short. It was horrible! I kept getting bad motion sickness and nausea. I couldn’t breathe through my nose, and I completely lost my sense of taste by the end of the trip. The doctor I went to in Chicago prescribed a super strong antibiotic. It was that bad. Yeah, with that picture in mind, it’s easy to understand why I was so hesitant to return.
The drive from Atlanta to Chicago was much easier this time around. Luckily, we carpooled with a friend and her sister, and we were able to break up the driving times. My favorite part of the drive is this section of road about thirty minutes outside of Chicago. I love driving through the wind farm – it is a beautiful sight to see when the sun is rising. That was one of my original highlights from the first trip. This journey was so different from the last; even the tollrode people were much nicer this time around.
Our friend, Andy, hosted us during our stay in Chicago. His apartment is right on the shoreline of Lake Michigan. The sunsets over the lake we breathtaking! We explored the neighboring areas and as the days progressed we hit the basic Chicago highlights. We went to Giordanos to got a deep dish pizza. It was pretty good, but I’m just not a fan on deep dish. It’s just too much bread for me. We explored along the shore of Lake Michigan and found a restaurant along the shoreline. It was nice sitting on the wooden beach chairs and eating Chicago dogs and crepes.
Our anniversary: Navy Pier
Our third year wedding anniversary fell during our two week stay. So, we spent the day at Navy Pier. I really loved the pier, but it was way too touristy; although, it did have a beautiful view of the Chicago skyline. The pier has a plethora of restaurants, ferriswheel rides, an inside water garden, and the swing rides that spin you in the air. It was fun seeing the city from a different perspective.
Exploring the Magnificant Mile
The magnificicant mile is the most ridiculous shopping area I’ve ever experienced. Several big companies like Burberry and Gucci have their flagship stores there. I’ve discovered new designers I’ve never heard of before and discovered new clothing brands. I feel pretty late to the party, but I really like this store called UniQulo. It’s a Japanese company, and it brings Asian fashion to the US. The clothes are really well made, but the clothes run small. I know I had to size up one on everything.
Another cool thing about this store is that it has a Starbucks on the top floor. I could see my husband’s eyes gloss over in sheer boredom when we walked in there, but when he saw there was a “retreat” up stairs he was gone in a flash, haha!
Skokie and Jollibee
Our day in Skokie was a solem one. We visited the Holocaust Memorial Museaum. It reminded me of why that was my concentration in history. My primary focus was on the treatment of the disabled during the holocaust and the programs that developed from that. It’s rather grim, but it is a memory that needs to be preserved. On a happier note…
I finally got to try Jollibee! Jollibee is a big restaurant chain from the Philippines. I was so excited to be there! It was the only place in Chicago where I wasn’t the only obvious Filipino. It was great having the chance to blend in for a while. Honestly, was one of my favorite highlights from the trip. When we arrived back to Andy’s place, my husband received a very unexpected phone call.
The Field Museum
This was the big day we’d been waiting for. Kurtis had to fly to TN for a job interview, and I stayed behind in Chicago with Andy. We ate Chick-fil-a and then we explored the Field Museum. It’s crazy to imagine that we barely scratched the surface of what the museaum had to offer. I could spend a week there just slowly moving through the exhibit. My favorite part was when we were walking through the gift shop and I stumbled across the museaum house brew beer they named after the dinosaurs.
After we gathered my husband, we were very excited to pay homage to wrigleyville and see where the Cubs play baseball. We ate at a really awesome vegetarian restaurant. Those vegan milkshakes were the best things I’ve ever had! Overall, we had a wonderful time and I’m so happy I didn’t get sick, lol! I can’t wait until my next adventure to the Windy City!