Chicago is really one of those places that you can't experience in one day. But we didn't have much time to spend in the Windy City, so we made an attempt to see the best things. :)
Of course since Ben and I had gone there last year on our road trip, we had to stop by Portillo's and get a hot dog. Caitlin had never been to Chicago before, so we made sure to stay hungry so we could enjoy a delicious Chicago hotdog. She was not disappointed.
Our hotel was on Michigan Avenue, so we were pretty much in the heart of Chicago. We walked up and down the magic mile, over to the waterfront, and continued strolling along the water until we were back up near our hotel.
We loved seeing the Bean. We're still not sure why someone would sculpt something that massive and shiny, but we loved spending time gawking at it.
This was the first (and only) real city on our trip and it was massive. Neither of us really want to live in Chicago, but we enjoyed seeing the architecture, the lakes, and the cool sculptures everywhere.
We don't exactly know what these were depicting, but there were 4 of them in the park and we felt the need to pose next to each one of them.
By the time we were back at our hotel it was nearly dark so we decided we should check out Navy Pier and see what it was all about. We had both heard of the Navy Pier before, but neither of us really knew what they did there. Well... as far as we could tell, it was a pier with a few rides, lots of vendors and gift shops, and maybe a few Navy things thrown in the mix.
We decided that we should go on the ferris wheel and get a view of the city from the top. It was breathtaking! Granted, I did have a little panic attack while we were hovering in the air, but the view was amazing! If you're ever in Chicago, make sure you take a ride on the ferris wheel.
While we were in the air. You can't really tell, but the ferris wheel goes EXTREMELY high. It is 150 feet high to be exact. Kind of freaky, but well worth it.
The view of the city.