Friday, September 28, 2012

chicago again

just the last of the chicago pictures today. we really did have a great time and I didn't realize until a few days ago that this was really our goodbye to summer this year. we came home to much cooler temperatures and even the leafs are now starting to turn. 

a few things to do if you're ever in chicago, with or without a toddler:

  • the free zoo at lincoln park. gates are wide open and you just walk in and out as you please. lincoln park reminded me a little bit of parts of central park in nyc. the zoo is a decent size with all kinds of different animals. it was an easy walk from very top of michigan avenue where our hotel was and along lake michigan. 
  • fun on the beach at lake michigan. like i said, it's right there downtown and when we stopped i didn't realize how eager logan was to actually get in the water... good thing we had backup clothes.
  • very touristy things like a visit to millennium park to take pictures of yourself in the bean and a walk up state street to take a picture of the chicago theater and of course stop at american apparel ;) 
  • the shedd aquarium to see the beluga whales. they recently had a baby but you can't see them at this point while the mom and babe are still bonding. 
  • walk along lakefront trail. just make sure no runners or bikers run you over. seriously crazy there.
  • navy pier
  • wicker park for all your hipster needs 
  • john hancock observatory

eat at:

  • pizano's pizza and pasta
  • bar toma
  • cheesecake factory
  • tempo cafe for breakfast
  • mike ditka's 
  • sprinkles cupcakes (go early, the line is crazy in the evening)

shop at:

  • topshop
  • zara
  • urban outfitters
  • american apparel
  • intermix
  • h&m 
  • anthropologie
  • the disney store
  • atrizia
  • free people 
  • diesel
  • ugg australia
  • lululemon 

next time I want to go on one of those architectural cruises through the city. so much more to do there!

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  1. it seems like such a pretty city. and I love the obligatory bean pictures, of course :) sounds like a wonderful summer send off.

  2. Oh my gosh the architectural tour in Chicago is great. I went on it this past summer with my family and we all loved it. You get to see so many great sites in the city and even some movie sites :)

  3. that beach is surprisingly blue! i didn't expect that! so pretty x

  4. Love the pics of the little guy at the beach! Too cute. Looks fun!

    xo Emily

  5. great to-do list! seems like a very nice city, cool pics!
    love your baby's outfit!

  6. my cousin and i stopped into chicago a couple years back when i was moving from boston to denver...we spent an entire afternoon at the bean. i could stare at it for hours...did stare at it for hours...

  7. Hi,
    I came across your blog and thought I would join. Hopefully you don't mind. I read your blog about Chicago and have a huge love for the place. I have been there many times in my single days but now that I am married and we have an almost 3 year old little girl it was nice to see your suggestions on places to see/eat/visit. We would love to visit there again sometime soon since we only live about 5 hours or less from there. Anywho, thanks so much for the fun post. Have a wonderful day!!!!


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