What a trip! Gary and I managed to get away for a few days and we sure made the most of it! From the moment we met up at the hotel, we had an unspoken pact – to enjoy this city and the time together. And that we did!
Our first activity was an Architectural Boat Tour. I had heard great things and am happy to report that they were all true! The tour was 90 minutes and very informative. We learned a lot and had a nice ride at the same time! (Also, they had free lemonade and cookies!). What’s not to love? The scenery was amazing and the skyscrapers were really something to see. Especially as they hovered over the water. It was a quite a sight, that is for sure!
Our next activity was a show at The Second City. Some of the funniest talents out there got their start on that very stage. John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Steve Carell, Tina Fey…to name a few. We somehow got 1st row seats and laughed the entire time. A must see if you ever visit Chicago!
The concierge at the hotel recommended a Mexican place for dinner which was right next door to the theater. We managed to sit outside (this was the last time that would happen before the blanket of heat was to roll in and smother us!) and have a delicious, fresh Mexican dinner. I will say the margarita I had with mine was quite refreshing as well!
From there, we went to Navy Pier. Talk about chaos! It was very cool to see all the people – locals and tourists, all out enjoying themselves. Gary saw some artists doing caricatures and decided it was just silly enough for us to do. We laughed the whole time as the crowds started to look at our drawing and when we were done, we both smiled from ear to ear. We cannot wait to get it framed.
The rest of the trip was just as busy and fun. We tool the “L” to Wrigley Field and saw a Cubs game. Gary wanted to see the ivy on the walls and that we did. We felt like a part of history, sitting in that stadium, and it felt really great. It also felt hotter than you can imagine and we got our beers and hot dogs and eventually left.
We went back into the hotel, swam in their pool (it was the fastest way to cool down!) and then went out for Chicago style deep dish pizza. They are not messing around with their pies, let me tell you! Heaven!! An experience and taste we will not soon forget.
The next day was back to Navy Pier to ride the Ferris Wheel. Whee!!! It was super fun and there was a nice breeze all the way up at the top! From there, we went to Willis Tower (formerly known as Sears Tower) and went all the way to the tippy top. It was quite a rush and a view that really left us speechless.
Back down to the bottom we went and off to the movies for we were too hot for any more outdoor attractions and being able to see a movie on a Monday in the late afternoon was just as much a treat as anything else.
The next morning, we packed up and headed back to the airport. We were gone just the right amount of time where we were happy to be away but also looking forward to being back.
We landed in Philly and were happy to be home. There was not an activity that we did or a view that we saw that did not make me long for my little girl. I like to think that we would have raised her to know that life goes on, you move forward and not back. And I want to live my life the way I would have wanted her to live hers. I miss her every day and I think I still cry for her about once a week, but I see there is a light at the end of this dark tunnel and I know she would want her Mom to do all she could to get to that light. Chicago was a damn good place to start!