Chicago adventures!

This past weekend we took a road trip to Chicago!  We got in late Friday night but did make it to an Italian restaurant (wish I could remember the name right now)  We were the only ones there, and the food was delicious.  Saturday morning we were planning on going to the Field Museum and made our way downtown around noon.

Well after circling the streets around the museums for about 20 minutes and being redirected due to all the parking lots being full… we decided that it wasn’t our day to go to the museum.  We weren’t thinking about the fact that there was a Bear’s game that afternoon and Soldier Field is right by all the museums!  We’ll have to make another weekend trip sometime.

Our main reason for heading to Chicago was for the Luke Bryan concert which was at Wrigley Field that evening.  Not wanting to drive back to our hotel after the museum plan was a bust, we decided to make sure we got parking for the concert and went there early.  Like wayyyyyy early.  We figured there’d be stuff to do to kill time before the concert.  We wandered around, stopped for food, got some drinks, and did some shopping.  Then we went and hung out around Wrigley waiting for the gates to open.  While we were waiting, we came across the most amazing Lemonade stand ever.  A young girl had a super sweet set up right outside of Wrigley, and had lemonade and cookies.  She was running the stand and her Dad was there helping out, very impressive.  If you’re in the area, keep your eyes open for Tatum’s Ice Cold Lemonade!

The concert was great, and we were lucky to not be parked in when we left.

Sunday we decided to check out Willis Tower.  The lines for the tower were a bit like Disney World… right when you think you’re getting close to the front, you turn a corner and the line is so much longer than you thought!  Overall it moved fairly quickly though.  We originally debated about buying a “fast pass” but I’m glad we stuck it out in the regular line instead.    They had a nice video about the history of the building and when it was “Sears Tower” before taking the elevator to the top.  The elevator takes 61 seconds to get to the 103rd floor.  It’s true, we timed it haha.  Well our watch was 63 seconds… but that could be a slow reflex to push stop :)

Here’s a view from the skydeck.  There were pretty long lines for the skydecks (I think there are 4 of them).  One line had someone taking your picture, which we considered since the camera is up super high and they get some pretty great shots.  But we did one of the regular lines and had our new buddies from Nebraska take some pictures of us.  After posed pictures we looked around a little and then moved on to other views.

Willis Tower skydeck - Chicago
Willis Tower skydeck – Chicago

 

Did you know that you can see FOUR states from the top of Willis Tower?!  Crazy.

I was sad a couple of months ago that I missed out on the Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 30th Anniversary events in Chicago a couple of months ago.  So, when I saw the opportunity to stand where “Ferris” did for a photo-op, you can imagine my excitement lol.

 

Willis Tower skydeck - Chicago
Willis Tower skydeck – Chicago

After the Willis Tower, we went for Chicago Style deep-dish pizza at Giordano’s which was just down the street.  The wait time for a classic deep-dish was 45minutes-ish which the menu says (& the waitress kindly mentioned as well) and it was well worth the wait!  Delicious, and great way to end a day in Chicago.  I definitely left with many more adventures dancing around in my head for the future…. Until next time Chicago!

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