My Chicago trip was a success. I met a lot of bloggers in person that I had known online for quite a while. I even met two bloggers from AZ. I thought it was funny that we had all travelled over 1500 miles and met in another city. I took a lot of pictures and have a few stories to tell. First, let's talk about the things to see while visiting Chicago.
I loved the reflection I caught in the windows of this building. This was out the window of my hotel room.
I had plenty of items on my #CoCoInChicago Bucket List
& I got to check off all but a few.
Willis Tower Skydeck
Chicago Water Taxi
The Architectural Details
Willis Skydeck - 103rd Floor - The Ledge
The Skydeck on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower has a glass ledge that you can walk on to view the city. There are lines of people going up the elevator to see the amazing views. The elevator to the top only takes about 60 seconds to travel 1,353 feet. The tickets are well worth the price. I was lucky enough to receive two complimentary tickets to use on my trip.
|Stepping out on the Ledge|
|Our Beautiful Skyline|
|Spider's view of the city|
|I used to get these from the zoo as a kid, |
I am so glad I found this.
|Souvenirs to bring home|
Chicago River - Chicago Water Taxi
One of the best ways to see the city is from a boat on the Chicago River. I love going under the bridges, watching the traffic and seeing all the buildings from a different vantage point.
The Chicago Water Taxi is a great way to travel and be able to see the different architecture that makes up Chicago. I used a free day pass from the family owned company that is now in its 80th season. I was able to share two additional passes with friends Diana of Diana Rambles and Sarah of Sarah in the Suburbs.
Cloud Gate - Millennium Park - AKA The Bean
Cloud Gate is an art piece that was installed after I moved to Arizona. I had seen plenty of pictures but I couldn't wait to check it out for myself. The reflections of the buildings were amazing. There were so many people milling about taking pictures and enjoying time with friends.
These umbrellas were at a restaurant near The Bean. They were a nice burst of color against all the tall buildings.
Crown Fountain was a great place for kids to play. Even standing along the edges helped to cool me off in the heat and humidity of downtown Chicago.
I am going to let the pictures speak for themselves.
I spent time alone being a tourist in my hometown. It was so nice to walk around downtown taking pictures, shopping and eating at my own pace. I can not wait until I can go back with my boys.