First Stop – Chicago


The first destination on our summer travel list was Chicago. We had two days in this beautiful city on the shores of Lake Michigan. The last time we were here it was the dead of winter, this time we had blue skies and a perfect 68 degrees – nice! Great weather to explore the city.

Downtown Chicago is pretty close to O’Hare International Airport, it just depends on the traffic! It took us about 30 minutes by van, but there is also a train that runs easily connecting the airport to the city. We dropped off our bags at the hotel and set out to the streets.  The Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower, was first on our list.

The Sky Deck is on the 103 floor and has a 180 view of Chicago and Lake Michigan.

The  view of the Chicago skyline was great. The whole thing took about 1 1/2 hours and set us back $62.  Never mind a week later we read an article about the Skydeck Ledge cracking – enter at your own risk!

Chicago is fantastic for shopping and cool restaurants. The Magnificent Mile , along Michigan Ave, being one of the hot spots. With the awesome weather there was a ton of people out for a stroll and many street performers lined up along the way. The sightseeing boats were also filled to the brim, but who could blame you with that awesome weather!

Millennium Park, has the famous Bean Sculpture or Cloud Gate, or where ever it is called. A huge mirrored sculpture that makes cool reflections of both the skyline and distorted self images.

We walked, but there are also buses and subways to help get around. Like many big cities,  bike rentals were easily available along the streets. For a mere $7, you had transportation for the day –  what a deal!


A picturesque city with cool architecture, theaters, clocks, museums, waterways, etc –

Now it was time to head back to the airport and on to our next travel destination – Ireland. Or so we thought!!



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