It had been about two months since the honeymoon, and the travel bug was setting in. Time to start rolling more travel plans into place, and C’s birthday was coming up…perfect excuse to jetset for the weekend!
I picked Chicago for several reasons, some relating to the fact that the dates I wanted had the cheapest flight out of RDU, some relating to the fact that after living in Charleston, we love a city by the water, and mostly relating to the fact that we freaking love pizza and needed to make the pilgrimage just for some deep dish. Fo’ real.
It was SUPPOSED to be a total surprise, but C ended up finding out about it about two weeks before we left, which was great because he got to be in on the planning! I booked us two nights at the historical Millennium Knickerbocker hotel, we packed one bag with some clothes for the weekend and my camera equipment, and off we went!
After what turned into a 1.5 hour long cab ride through rush hour traffic to get into Chicago, we FINALLY made it to our hotel. You know that moment where you check in and you’re going up the elevator all giddy, stick the room key in the door to see what awaits-the moment did not dissapoint.
BEAUTIFUL views, a historical setting, neutral tones, and a king sized bed. After settling in and unpacking (because I absolutely need to hang up all my stuff and pretend like I actually live in said destination for the time we’re there), it was after 6P but it was time to do a little exploring of our surroundings! Millenium Knickerbocker is a quick little walk around the corner from the John Hancock building and the Magnificent Mile further down, so off we went.
You know what the most amazing thing about traveling within America is? The weather between two different cities can be a WORLD of difference. You can experience fall foliage in the north east, or the blue ridge mountains. You can go from snowy Denver to a warm and beachy Miami within a few hours flight.
The first thing that anyone from the southeast is going to note about Chicago in the middle of the summer is HOLY CRAP THE AIR IS SO MUCH LESS HUMID IM WEARING BLACK JEANS IN JULY THIS IS WONDERLAND.
To someone from the southeast, this is seriously groundbreaking. And quite the nice change!
Time for a bit of sightseeing before dinner!
Church architecture in Chicago is REALLY something!
Cody obviously needed to make this a priority!
SO. Dinner was unbeknownst to me, [my turn to be surprised!] but I was told to dress nice and wear good walking shoes because it was far away. We head out of our hotel and LITERALLY turn a corner, walk a block….and we’re there. [lololol good one BAE]
The Signature Room at the 95th REALLY has it all-delicious food, amazing cocktails, and a view of the city that will take your breath away and make you feel extraaaaa tiny. While we were enjoying each others company and our food [and all the wine], I didn’t get to photograph that part of the experience but this view speaks for itself.
Day two of the windy city and after quite possibly one of the most amazing breakfast experiences of my life, we got ready to hit the pavement and be the biggest tourists!
If you’re coming to Chicago, there is A LOT to see in the line of city views, attractions, museums, etc. I cannot plug the Chicago CityPass ENOUGH. The pass gives you tickets to visit five Chi-town attractions AND it acts as a “Fast Pass.” And let me tell you, the lines were daunting…the pass was worth it just in the ability to skip the lines and save time!!!
Chicago Aquarium line
Our five stops were the Shedd Aquarium, the Chicago Institute of Art, the Field Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Skydeck at Willis (formerly Sears) Tower. All I can say, once again is seriously….get the pass! Especially if you’re only in the city for a long weekend, it’s the best way to see the most with the least amount of time!
Obligatory stop at The Bean
Okay, can we talk about pizza though….
Pizza. Pizza EVERYWHERE. AND IT’S ALL DELICIOUS.
Just like this city. And garden spaces within urban areas. Swoon.
Aaaaand now this post is long and rambling with photos. BASICALLY. Go to Chicago. Immerse yourself in the city, but also hit up the museums-even if you don’t get city pass, you can’t go wrong with picking one or two to visit they are all INCREDIBLE. Eat Chicago style pizza. Eat Chicago style hotdogs, which we failed to do, so eat one for us. See some awesome cityscapes. Visit Navy Pier. See the Cubs. Eat. Drink. Fall in ~*~*~*~love~**~ with Chi-town. Because we did. And it’s incredibly easy.
Also do a liiiiiittle better with photography than these two slightly buzzed and giddy newlyweds did 🙂