What a fabulous city….this city is perfect for walking around, maybe catching the L train a couple stops and for being on the river. I chose the architecture cruise, and was provided with excellent commentary, witty and informative, on the buildings lining this beautiful river. The story is told of the great fire of 1871, requiring 3 and a half square miles of city to be rebuilt. The origin of the fire ? Take the cruise and all will be revealed.
Leaving the river and walking towards Lake Michigan means heading to Navy Pier where a 15 story replica Ferris Wheel dominates the landscape. The first Ferris wheel was invented in 1893 for the World’s Columbian Exhibition in Chicago, but was demolished in 1906. You can enjoy the experience in 21st century comfort.
Navy Pier is not just home to a huge Ferris Wheel. There are multiple choices to eat and drink, spaces to just wander and sit, and everywhere you can take in the sight of this massive lake. If you visit the Pier, don’t leave without tasting the spinach and artichoke dip at Harry Caray’s…. delicious!
To get the best view in town, head to the John Hancock building and a heart racing “ride” called the Tilt. On the observation deck of the 94th story, along with the obligatory glass floor, is a device that tilts you 45 degrees away from the building, looking straight down at the streets below you. If you need a bit of courage to enable this, they got you covered, with a free cocktail first 😊 at Bar 94.
Millennium Park is where you will find the Bean, being a nickname for the sculpture called Cloud Gate. The Bean suits perfectly and it is a fun place to hang out and take artistic photos of your own reflection. The challenge is getting a photo alone as this is a very popular spot. Don’t be put off, it’s fabulous.
In Many movies set in Chicago, you see the L train, short for elevated, as it sits about a story up, travelling between buildings, landmarks and stores. Great way to do a loop of the inner city and feel like a local too. It’s cheap, quick and easy to use.
Foodies, The choice is huge ….. Wildberry for pancakes and eggs at breakfast, 2000 hotdog stands for lunch and Giordano’s for famous deep dish pizza come dinner time. There are many options along the riverwalk too. The taverns have tables on the river edge, to watch the world of Chicago pass by.
A city I can’t wait to return to ❤️