Friday, June 25, 2010


We had a great time on vacation!! We drove to Chicago a week ago today, it was a long drive but not too bad. We were so excited when we finally could see the city in sight. When we arrived, we went straight to Riley and Sarah's apartment. They live downtown in the middle of was so convenient. 
This is their apartment building, they live on the 40th floor. 

View of the city from their apartment

Andy and I on their balcony

Standing on the LaSalle Street bridge, with the Chicago River in the background. On Friday night, Sarah and Riley took us to one of their favorite italian restaurants. It was really good!! Then we walked around Michigan Avenue and had some yogurt for dessert. Saturday we had a busy day planned. We first went to Millenium park and saw the bean and the fountain.

This is the famous bean, I had no idea what to expect and had never heard of it.

Sarah and I in front of the bean

This was a neat fountain..there were kids and adults playing in the water. Some of the kids had their swimming suits on and were just having a ball. After Millenium park, we headed to ride the "L" to Wrigleyville. The L is an elevated subway, thats why they call it the L. It was my first experience on a subway and it was pretty neat. However, if I had to navigate my way on it alone I would never get to my destination. It's a little confusing. Andy and Sarah were making fun of me because I was acting like a tourist and taking pictures of everything. Here is a picture of the tunnel where the subway is

We went to a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley field. It was so fun! They lost to the Angels but the atmosphere is awesome! Here are some pictures from the game..

Andy and I in front of the Wrigley Field sign.

The infamous Chicago Dog, which I did not try. This was a little much for me but I did try one similiar but without most of the toppings.

All of us at the game. We had a great time, even though the Cubs lost. After the game, Sarah and I went shopping and Andy and Riley went to one of Riley's friends house for a cookout. That night we went to the John Hancock Building. It has the fastest elevator and an awesome view of the city. 

View of Navy Pier

Picture of the sun setting from the tower. I really enjoyed the view, I took lots of pictures. Riley told us that you can see three states from the tower, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. After the tower, we went to Giordanos to have Chicago style pizza. It was so yummy..

On Sunday, Andy and I celebrated our one year anniversary!! What better place to celebrate than Chicago! We had another busy day planned. We went on a architecture boat ride through the city.

The trump tower

Corn on the cob buildings

Merchandise Mart it is the second largest building in terms of square feet in the U.S.  It is over 4 million square feet. The first largest is the Pentagon.

The darker building is the Sears now called the Willis Tower. We did not go up in this one. On Friday night, there were some strong winds with heavy rain and it busted out a window in the Sears building. That is the first time that has ever happened. After our boat ride, we went to the Shedd Aquarium.

After the Aquarium, we walked back to their apartment. We had to stop and get our picture taken in front of the Chicago sign

We then went back to their apartment to pack up our things. My uncle reserved a hotel room for us at the Embassy Suites. We headed to Embassy and then went to dinner at Carmines for our anniversary. It was a great choice and in a great location. On the way to dinner, we saw a lot of fire trucks and ambulances and were wondering what was going on. There had been a fire on the L. Pretty scary, but that didn't stop us from riding it on Monday. Monday was our last day in Chicago. We went to the Field Museum and then to Michigan Avenue to go to Crate and Barrel. The only reason I wanted to go to the Field Museum was to see Sue and here she is.

This was the highlight of the museum. After the museum we headed back to the apartment and loaded up our car. We left on Monday afternoon and went to St. Louis. Andy and I had a great time in Chicago and want to go back! 

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