Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Chicago :: The sights v.1

Way back in May, D and I headed out to Chicago for an early summer vacation.  Chicago had been on my bucket list for quite a bit, so I was thrilled to finally visit one of my coveted cities.  We headed out for five nights, and it was the perfect amount of time for exploring Chicago.

We got in late on a Wednesday night and got a hotel accessible to downtown Chicago.

The Palmer House Hilton is absolutely stunning.  It's old, and I won't bore you with the history of it.  It was right down the street from awesome restaurants and sites in Chicago.

We were only blocks from this gorgeous view.  It was a dreary, foggy, and chilly first day.  We ate breakfast nearby then decided to check out the Bean while we were in the vicinity.

Millennium Park was two blocks from our hotel.  While I wish it would have been a bit warmer to really enjoy and explore, it held the crowds off.

We hadn't heard of the Crown Fountain at the park prior to visiting.  I'm so glad we got to see it, but it's certainly...interesting.

LEDs illuminate videos on the the 50 foot tall granite towers with water running through them from May to October.  My understanding is that the videos change.  You could see scenery or pictures of Chicago locals!  That's an amazing way to display art.

After checking out our apartment we rented through Airbnb, we headed back downtown to the Bank of America Theatre to see The Book of Mormon

Seriously, the best of times.  D and I had access to a full bar (free drinks!) with apps and desserts before and during the show.  I'd go so far as to say this highly increased our love for the show, but it's definitely a must see!

Also, congrats to Shelley on winning the Esprit de She giveaway!  Please contact me via email by Wednesday!


Eyelah said...

Looks like you had a great time! I hear so many good things about the Book of Mormon. Chicago is my homecity and I'll actually be there next month visiting family. Unfortunately, my visit will be very family-heavy so I won't be able to see some new sights.

Ashley said...

I want to go to Chicago so much! Looks like you had an amazing time!

Shelley said...

I had to read twice that I was the one who won.. I rarely win anything and it made my day. I just emailed you..

I would love to visit Chicago my husband travels there for work once in a while but it's never been when I can take off and go to. Maybe someday.

Ari @ The Pace of it All said...

Yay, I love Chicago... I went in the middle of the summer though, and it was HOT. Walking around downtown was not that fun lol. The bean makes me oddly happy lol.

Chandra said...

It is a fun city to visit and thanks for the heads up about the Crown Fountain. I must check it out the next time I'm there and of course, grab some pizza! Looks like you + your hubby had a nice trip (and enjoyed the drinks;)

Alex Byer said...

Gorgeous shots! The last time I went to Chicago I didn't have ANY time for sightseeing, so it's nice to catch these glimpses from your trip :)

Meghan said...

Woohoo for Chitown! I can't wait to read all of your recaps! Wasn't Book of Mormon amazing? I can't wait to take my husband next month:)

Unknown said...

Awesome! Looks like lots of fun. :) I'm hoping we're going to go in September...eep! great pics!

Unknown said...

How fun!!! I can't wait to hear more!!! And I LOVED Book of Mormon!


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