Visiting Chicago

We went to Chicago for our anniversary this year and I loved it. The city is really a lot bigger than I ever could have imagined. I mean, as we were driving in we passed 159th Street and Allen asked “where else can you go that has a 159th street?” In our city we stop in the teens, so this was big. Really big. I think I spent more time gawking at the sky line than I did helping Allen navigate the drive into the city.

For this trip, we wanted to be tourists and that meant museums. In our five days we went to the Field museum, Shedd Aquarium, The Chicago Institute of Art, a White Sox game, and The Ledge at Skydeck. It. Was. A. Lot. We walked pretty much everywhere, and by the end of the week I was ready to put my feet up - a vacation from the vacation.

Going to the museums meant we saw a fun exhibit about the World’s Fair at the Field museum. I got to see my FAVORITE painting ever at the Art Institute. Yes, I geeked out. Yes, it was awesome. I got to touch stingrays at the aquarium, and for the White Sox game we sat closer to the field than I have ever been.

What was my favorite part of the trip? The Ledge. It. Was. Awesome. Before we left for our trip I swore up and down that I would not step foot into one of the glass boxes at Skydeck. I don't like heights much, and while I felt perfectly okay with the idea of looking out the windows, I just didn't think that going out into a glass box 103 floors high was a good idea. But that was before we got to the tower. 

From the outside, Willis tower is pretty imposing. Considering that the highest building in Cincinnati doesn't go up to 100 floors, that we were going 103 stories up was impressive. The minute-long elevator ride was smooth and speedy and quite possibly the longest I've been in a moving elevator. I think my ears popped three or four times just going up in the building. 

And when we stepped out? The views were exceptional. You could see for miles, and it was gorgeous. I was spellbound looking out the windows as we made our way around the 103rd floor. 

We went on a weekday, and it wasn't very crowded at all. I loved how quiet it felt that high up - I felt like an ant looking out the windows, and the cars looked like toys.

However, I was still a little timid about the ledge. Allen said he was going to give it a try, and after watching a group go in and take some pictures, I mustered up some courage and decided I was game to try. We hopped in line and when we made it to the front I inched my feet off of the carpet and onto the glass and LOVED it.

I loved the Ledge so much, I think I went into each box at least once (there are four), and one of them I went in a few times. I liked being able to look straight down at the cars below, and see such a gorgeous panoramic view of the city. It took my breath away.

The amount of time I spent in the glass viewing boxes surprised even me. I took SO many pictures of the views, and dragged my feet when it was time to leave. Other than flights, how many times do you get to be that high? It was a gorgeous, incredible experience, and I would TOTALLY do it again. Even with how much the Ledge was in the news during our vacation, I would LOVE to go back and do it again. It was incredible. 

Going to Chicago has been, by far, one of my favorite experiences of this year, and there was so much to do and see there. We couldn't possibly cover it all. At some point we want to go back - we kind of have to. The Cubs weren't in town during our visit. When we go back? I'm totally going back to The Ledge. 

I have LOTS more photos to share from our trip - so keep an eye out later this week for an all-photo recap!