Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Weekend in Chicago

This post is crazy long with lots of pictures! Good luck getting through it! :)

We arrived in Chicago on Thursday afternoon and headed straight to our hotel. We stayed at the Dana Hotel. It was really neat and contemporary, and was only a couple of blocks from Michigan Avenue. It was a great location for us to walk everywhere we needed to go all weekend!

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The lobby is all glass so we had a great view of the city!

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We quickly changed clothes and headed to eat at Giordano's. It was about a 3 minute walk from our hotel, so we got there quickly, which was good since we were starving! It was definitely the best pizza we have ever eaten! I’m not just saying that…I seriously mean it! It was SO good!!

After dinner we headed back to our room. We wanted to walk around more, but it was freezing and so windy, so I knew it would be pretty miserable. We had a great view from our room, so we still got to enjoy Chicago at night from our warm room.

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We slept-in a little on Friday morning, which was amazing! Then, we got ready and headed out for the day!

I was bundled-up for our fun day out shopping!

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We spent the entire day shopping at all the fun stores on Michigan including Water Tower Place! Such a neat mall! We also spent a good amount of time at H&M! Loved that place!

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Josh took a little break from shopping! :)

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We got to see this lovely statue of Marilyn Monroe on Michigan as we walked later that afternoon. It’s huge and seems so out of place, in my opinion!

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We had to head back to our room early that evening so we could change and go to mk The Restaurant. My dad told us about this great little place, so we made reservations there for Friday night a few days before we headed to Chicago. They had fantastic food and it has such a great dining environment! And they seriously have the best fries.  We enjoyed getting the chance to eat there.

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Saturday morning, we slept in, then we watched Game Day, because if it’s Saturday, Josh is watching it! :) We got ready and headed to the John Hancock Center.

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We hung out there for a little while and ate lunch at The Cheesecake Factory, which is at the bottom of the center.

After lunch we did a lot of walking! We stopped at Millennium Park.

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Lots of neat architecture there!

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Cloud Gate…I was slightly obsessed with taking pictures of us with this thing! It’s just so fun!

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We walked to several more places that afternoon, including the Children’s Museum/Navy Pier!

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Navy Pier wasn’t too busy when we were there, but I imagine it’s such a fun places during the warmer months!

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We walked and walked and walked some more and saw lots of other neat places! We went back to our room at 5 to watch the first half of the Razorback game! We had sold our tickets for the game since we were going to be gone, so it seemed so strange to be watching a home game on TV. At half time we left and went back to do a little more walking and shopping and eating!

Sunday morning we took a taxi back to the airport and flew back home! Our flight was only an hour and a half so we were home pretty quickly and back to see our babies!

This is the only picture of the 2 of us together from the weekend! It was when we were leaving our hotel Sunday morning.

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We had such a wonderful, much-needed weekend away! Chicago is such a fun city, especially this time of year. I’m ready to go back again! :)


Emily said...

So fun that you were in Chicago over the weekend, we only live about 2 hours from there. We love the city too :) Another great place to stay is the Palmer House Hilton! Glad you had fun!

The Cranfords said...

It looks like y'all had a lot of fun - the city looks beautiful!!

lane, kelli and the boys said...

Chicago is my husband's favorite city. He goes each spring with his youth group. Giordano's is his hands-down, fav pizza! If I'll quit having babies/nursing, I'll get to go, too :) Happy y'all got some alone time!!

Nancy said...

Chicago is such a beautiful city! Thanks for sharing your cool pictures! What an amazing weekend for a couple to share!!

Ashley said...

I love Chicago! We went there for our honeymoon and loved it. You are right--Giordano's is the BEST! Gino's East isn't too bad either. We always go to the Cheesecake Factory there as well as the Water Tower. Glad you had a good anniversary trip!!

Kim said...

My family went to Chicago when I was young and I'll never forget Giordano's pizza. Yum!

Laura and family said...

Right before Aaron deployed we spent a weekend in Chicago. It was so fun... and Giordano's?! HEAVEN. :)

Kari said...

LOVE Chicago!! First time there was when my daughter was in the hospital at Children's Memorial. I am from South Mississippi, and the weather was cold. We had a great time despite why we were there. We are hoping to go back soon to visit doctors and site see again.

Victoria said...

glad you had an awesome weekend in my neck of the woods :) chicago pizza is the best pizza, but i guess since i am born and bred on it i "have" to say it..!

the bean is always a fun place to take pictures, even for us locals lol

and mk is one of my brother's faves!

Katie said...

I'm so glad ya'll had a fun time. It's so important to get that time together! I felt the same way in NYC. ; )

Loved hearing about your trip.

Faith said...

That looks like such a fun trip! I've never been to Chicago, but I would love to go sometime. So glad you and Josh had a wonderful time away!!

Maryellen said...

Great photos, I've never been to Chicago so it was neat to get a taste ! Thanks for sharing.

Jody said...

We love Chicago! Uno's Pizzeria is also another fun place to eat that has great pizza.

If you ever decide to take the kids with you - Navy Pier and the Children's Museum are a lot of fun and so is the aquarium.

Hilary said...

Looks like you guys had a blast! I know Lucy Jane sure missed you at KDO!

Kristin said...

Looks like such a fun trip! I have always wanted to go to Chicago, I hope to some day!

Karen At Home said...

Chicago is so fun! I don't think anything beats shipping on Michigan Avenue. I used to travel to Chicago all of the time for work too and would work out of the Sears Tower once a month. I think it's actually called something else now!!! Glad you had fun!

Workman Family said...

So happy you had fun in Chicago!! (I'm in a suburb of chicago) Great city for a quick weekend get-a-way!! Next time you go, let me know and I'll give you some other great ideas....it is also a fun city for the kiddos if you ever take them!

Jenna said...

We love Chicago! You went to Chris' favvvvorite pizza place in the world, ha! So glad you guys had a fun getaway!

TaraR said...

Looks like you two had such a nice get-away, and from the sounds of it - lots of shopping!?

I've been to Chicago and it is a beautiful city, especially the river running right through the middle!

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