Well we've been back from Chicago a week already, and I'm finally having time to put up a little bit of a recap. As I've mentioned before, we were only there for a little 48 hours but I really feel like we made the most of our time.
A quick side note, we had direct flights to Chicago from the Branson airport and this was our first experience departing from Branson. We've heard the stories & rumors but I honestly didn't really believe them until we experienced it for ourselves...the employees in charge of loading the baggage and directing the plane onto the runway stood and waved as we taxied into position for takeoff! Ha! Gotta love the small town airports!
We arrived in Chicago about 2:30, grabbed our suitcase and found our way down to the train aka subway aka "el train" aka cheap transportation into downtown Chicago. We easily found our hotel & I was definitely pleased with our choice...The Amalfi Hotel. Perfect for our quick romantic getaway and definitely not your standard Holiday Inn (no offense meant to Holiday Inns, but this one just had so much more personality).
After we freshened up a bit we headed out for a quick little walk around the city...but our most important destination was dinner. Chicago-style Deep Dish Pizza! We talked with the concierge at our hotel and based on the direction we were heading, he suggested Pizzano's & we certainly weren't disappointed. Fried calamari, deep dish pepperoni pizza & a nice cold Coke (since they apparently don't have Dr. Pepper just everywhere in Chicago)...the perfect dinner to start our trip!
|Mmm...loved the pizza, so delicious!|
After dinner we spent a little bit of time on State Street shopping (can I just say that a 9 story Macy's is a little overwhelming?!??), and then made our way down to the Willis (used to be Sears) Tower. We were hoping to catch a beautiful sunset, but clouds & haze moved in and the sunset was nowhere to be seen...but we still saw some incredible views from 103 floors up!
|Heading up to the Skydeck|
|The best picture I could capture of the sunset|
|Sitting in one of the plexiglass Skydeck cubes...nothing between us and 103 floors to the ground except for a clear piece of plexiglass! Yikes!|
|Perfect place for a night-ending dessert!|
|The infamous Chicago theater...if only Chicago was actually playing here!|
On Friday morning we woke up at our normal time and headed out for a fun Segway adventure! I read lots of reviews about Segway tours in Chicago and everyone just raved about how fun they were! We had a blast & Segways are so fun! This would be the perfect way to see any city!
|@ the training area all ready to go! The Segways were actually really easy to ride...they practically do all the work for you!|
|Buckingham Fountain & the Chicago skyline! The day was perfect to be out & about in the city!|
|We got there just in time for the water show!|
|Looking out over Lake Michigan|
|Hubby with the Chicago skyline & Navy Pier in the background|
|Hubby & Wifey @ the Bean|
|Loved all the colorful umbrellas that covered the dining area @ The Plaza!|
|Hubby & Woody---his nephews thought this was pretty stinkin' cool!|
|A great place to eat with lots of fun Chicago atmosphere!|
|Our Macadamia Turtle Pie...and really that's only half of it that you can see...it was ridiculously large! The picture just doesn't do it justice!|
|Love this man!|
On Saturday morning we weren't able to get a late checkout which meant we really didn't have enough time to catch the Field Museum or Shedd Aquarium so those will have to be on our itinerary for next time! Instead we headed over to Navy Pier before all the crowds arrived and even managed to ride the Ferris Wheel for one last look at the Chicago Skyline.
|Our view from the top!|
|Such a lucky girl!|