This summer we got the chance to spend a couple days in Chicago. It’s been on Brian’s bucket list to visit Wrigley Field. Sad story: did you know Cubs tickets aren’t as cheap as Astros tickets?? (especially a few years ago when the Astros were really not good and Brian and Beckham got in for $6. Total. It was a building year! ) And on top of that, they were playing the St Louis Cardinals who are their rivals. So no Wrigley Field for us.
But there’s NO lack of other really fun things to do in Chicago!
Our first order of business though, take picture with a giant rooster.
I’m a little fascinated with Chicago. We really loved this city!
Our first stop after we pulled into town after dinner was a no brainer.
“Kids, get in the
car elevator. We are going someplace fun!”
It went over pretty well, as you can imagine the phrase “Kid in a candy store” didn’t come from no where!
She may have to kiss a lot of frogs…starting with gummy kinds.
Our neighbor told us to eat pizza at Giordano’s. You have to wait 45 minutes for your pizza, and it was worth every minute!
They bring the kids pizzas first while we are waiting for ours’s, smart place!
I took this picture and was so excited at how cute they both were, so wanted to get Boo in on the action…but she just weirds it up. Story of our lives.
Case in point:
We did a ton of walking cause we just parked our car while we were there since it’s cheaper by the day, so everything we saw we walked to. When the kids asked why we walked everywhere we explained you have to pay to park in big cities.
We later had this conversation with Berkley:
Berkley: When I grow up to visit me you are going to have to come to…what’s it called Sadie? Oh, California!
Laura: what do you like about California?
Berkley: there’s a Disney world there and I want to take my kids there all the time. Wait, do you have to pay to park there?
We also rode the free trolley!!
We walked on Navy Pier
We kept calling the lake “the ocean.” We have never seen a lake that you can’t see any land on the other side. Or so many boats in our life!!
We had to hit up a beach to play in the water
(They are being animals and stalking each other. They “get” each other.)
Brian thought they could use this huge puddle as a slip n slide.
It had absolutely NO slip or slide to it.
Lake Michigan is cold!
While Brian and the bigs played near the water, Berkley worked on a path…
Brian orders tea from David’s Tea online, but they had a store in Chicago!
I think that’s a famous fountain?
The attraction we chose to do with our one full day was the aquarium.
Berkley and her penguins
They have a fun place where kids dress up like penguins and play around on the rocks.
Touching starfish always goes over well…
“Hey Mom! Take a picture!” His face is spot on!
I wasn’t expecting to like Chicago as much as I did. The city had a lot of energy and was beautiful!
On our walk to the aquarium, we saw a flock of geese. The kids take off running thinking they just found the jackpot and it will be fun to scare them off
But these aren’t just any geese, they live in the third largest city in the country, so they’ve seen a few tourists before…and they called our kids’ bluff and didn’t run. At all.
Throw Brian in the picture now, and there’s no bluffing. He’ll catch one if he’s fast enough.
Thankfully he wasn’t.
It’s an unwritten (or possibly even written?) rule that you have to go see the weird mirror bean when you are in Chicago. So we had to.
(Why is Boo not facing with the rest of us?)
We also hit up (apparently legendary) Billy Goat Tavern (and got hats!).
And shocker, Brian found a guy to tell him the legend of the tavern
So we get to see this amazing city, but the highlight? Carolyn surprised us with ROOM SERVICE for breakfast!
None of us has ever had room service, and of course Carolyn guesses this and orders the funnest breakfast EVER!!
We let them eat on the bed, cause that’s what they do in the movies when they get room service!
All this food and SP is most excited that Carolyn must have known she LOVES toast and got her some! She felt so loved via toast!
Pancakes. on. a. stick.
We may have devoured it…
Bonus: these cute little ketchup bottles!!
Thanks Carolyn!! We LOVE you!!