After the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 destroyed a large swath of the city, Chicago rose from the ashes and towards the heavens with the construction of the world’s first skyscraper, changing city landscapes around the globe forever. Chicago grew from those ruins and flourished into the city of today. The city features parks, an extensive railway system, public art, museums, music, impressive architecture, and remarkable cuisine. Chicago fare has produced popular foods such as the Chicago Dog, deep dish pizza, the Italian beef sandwich, and the city houses notable chefs such as Rick Bayless.
I hadn’t visited Chicago since I was a little girl. My family took a trip to visit my aunt, uncle, & cousins in Naperville and we went into the city for some sightseeing. What I remember the most was going up in the Sears Tower to look out over the city. That was many, many years ago.
I flew to the Windy City for the 4th of July weekend. You’ve gotta love a good travel deal, you know? It was a perfect little getaway! I met a nice guy on the train from O-Hare that helped me navigate my way to the hotel in the late evening hours. We talked food and about our respective towns and where we were from for most of the ride into town. He was most helpful in telling me about places to eat and things to do. I wish I would have gotten his name. The city of Chicago should thank this guy for being an unofficial ambassador to his city.
The weather couldn’t have been better while I was there. It was sunny and warm (but not too much), unlike the heat back in North Carolina. Fortunately the city didn’t live up to its moniker of being windy, which I was thankful for given my hotel room was waaaaaay high up in the tower at the Hyatt, overlooking Wacker Drive and the river.
What did I do? I ate….
I took a Chicago Architecture River Cruise on the First Lady…
And viewed the city from the 94th floor atop the 360 Chicago Observation Deck during the day….
And at night….
And I hung out with a T-Rex named Sue…
And met some guys from China…
And ate some more…..
I watched a Noonday Concert by the Ivey Ringers (oddly enough they were from First Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC) in the courtyard of the Fourth Presbyterian Church….
And ate yet again (I like to eat, what can I say?!)….
And then it was time to go…..
The Windy City was the perfect place to spend Independence weekend. I ate my way around town while taking in a myriad of cool sights. I’m sure one day I’ll make it back to Chicago again, but in the meantime I’ll have two trips worth of memories to savor.