From the city to the mountains - here we go! I thought it would be fun to do a little wrap up post of our time here in Chicago and share some of our favorite memories.
Chicago will always be my spirit city...if that’s a thing. We’ve been here on and off since last August and it’s been so fun to experience the city. We’ve worked hard and we’ve played hard - it’s been a good balance.
It seems like some of the simplest things here in Chicago have created the best memories - whether it was swimming in the pool, stomping in puddles on the tennis courts, BBQ'n among the high-risers, walking along the Chicago River, working out along the lake and at the track, and morning breakfast runs.
When we got here, one of the first things we did was buy a children’s museum pass to the Chicago Children’s museum. Addison was barely 1 - just a little baby! It’s been so fun to watch her grow and learn to LOVE that place. Every time she sees it, she kicks her legs, swings her arms and squeals with excitement. She does the exact same thing when we go to Portillos to get chocolate cake shakes. (That’s when we realized we had a problem). We talked all about our Chicago food experiences in another post, so if you missed that - check it out here.
One of our biggest highlights has been having our bikes here. We have cruised ALL over this city. When the weather was nice, we were out every day taking rides down the Lakeshore trail. Lincoln Park, the zoo, the conservatory, the nature museum, the aquarium, the planetarium, the field museum, the Chicago library...they were all among our regular stops. I’ll always have good memories of going grocery shopping and loading up our massive panniers with our groceries and biking them back home. And it is one of my favorite things to have girl talks with Addison while cruising through the city - this bike seat has been one of our best purchases! (Not sponsored or anything, just genuinely love it!)
We’ve loved going on a few architecture tours, it’s a unique way to see the city and offers a completely different perspective of it. We've been with three different companies and our favorite was with Wendella!
And of course, we hit a few baseball games.
We did the 360 Chicago at the Hancock building and that was such a highlight. SO beautiful to see the city in all directions. Isn’t Chicago perfect!?
One of our all time favorite experiences was going on the Odyssey Dinner Cruise. It was ten times better than we even imagined and we would definitely recommend throwing down the money to do this. We had such a blast on the cruise - and it was one of our favorite nights in Chicago. We were hesitant to take Addison, but she LOVED it - especially the dance floor! The nice thing about the dinner cruise is that everyone is on their own schedule. There are 3 courses and you tell your waiter when you’re ready for each one - so you can take a dancing break between them or go out on the deck. It really was the most magical night.
It's been another good chapter for the book and we're ready for this next one, whatever it may bring! Goodbye Chicago - thanks for being so good to us!