I've always wanted to go to but have never had the chance and then suddenly I was there. Driving 70 mph in a construction zone with signs everywhere flashing 45 mph. Freaking out as cars rushed passed me, three lanes on the left, two merging lanes on the right. There's another sign with a picture of some man and how he wants to get home tonight so drive slow. But the speed is picking up and suddenly I'm hitting 80 mph.
When your from Canada and anytime you've gone over 70 mph, you've gotten a speeding ticket and that's in a non-construction zone. Your heart just races a little more when you realize that, that's a ghost car riding up behind you. But he doesn't care about my little black scion, I'm going too slow and he whips around me and races off. My little foot presses on the gas pedal and he's the one I keep up with. And that's my welcome to the city of Chicago.
That first experience was enough to set my sense on fire and we decided to go home that night. We picked up Kevin's Dad from the airport and headed out-of-town. I drove through the rain, with one stop for dinner, straight home and straight to bed. Where I slept off the anxiety and five days to prep for the journey back. When we went back it was to spend a few days exploring and we starting with
Museum of Science and Industry
Website. Cost per person - we used our GO Card, normally $18 to start
This Museum is massive! It's four floors loaded with tons of things to do and see. With our Go Card we got to see one movie and Kevin choose National Parks, it was a good movie and kinda neat to see a lot of the parks in the states. My favorite thing was loud and obnoxious at least the first time you heard it. I had Kevin take video of it, while I snapped pictures, because it was so interesting to watch. They also explained all the science behind the coil. Overall we didn't get to see everything in the museum because we didn't have enough time! I definitely want to go back here one day.
Willis Tower Skydeck (Sears Tower)
Website. Cost per person - we used our GO Card, normally $22
Originally we weren't even planning to go here. But it just worked out. I am so happy we did. It gave us a fabulous view of the city and we went at the perfect time of day, Sunset! My only wish is that they washed the windows more :) I highly recommend going to this, the views are lovely!
Chicago Architectural River Cruise - Navy Pier
Website. Cost per person - we used our GO Card, normally $33-41
This was one of the things Kevin's Dad wanted to do the most and honestly if it wasn't for him I don't think Kevin and I ever would have even thought to have done it. But it was one of the things I enjoyed the most. It was the perfect weather for it. And we just got to sit on the boat, take pictures (me anyways) and hear the history of the buildings and the downtown area. Out of everything we did, if you go, do this! It was so fascinating, I just can't even describe it well enough for you.
GO CARD - Chicago has these awesome passes you can buy so you can get discounts on different business throughout the city! If you go, you definitely need to do this! It saved us probably $50 per person by the time we finished doing all the things we did!
Website. Cost per person - $24.95 according to their website. But we bought basic passes at the door for $12 each. So that is confusing.
This turned out to be a lot smaller than I expected. I actually expected it to be more like the Museum of Science and Industry but with Planets. The best part was looking through the telescope at the sun and listening to them talk about it. I wish they would have talked and shared more, because it's very interesting to hear about and all information I haven't heard before. It's a very fascinating experience at least for me! Looking through the telescope just makes me want to buy a telescope even more (something Kevin and I have talked about for years). I actually have a separate post coming about this experience later on. Keep an eye out for that.
Website. Cost per person - fall savings $39.95
We went to this after dropping Kevin's Dad at the airport and doing some shopping. It was on our way out-of-town and a rather spontaneous endeavor. We ended up buying VIP tickets aka the Royalty package, which means we got a picture with either the Princess or the King, front row seats, and a towel. Medieval Times is where you eat with your fingers while watching men on horses joust. It was quite the show and our team, Team Yellow won (and that's really all that matters). I don't think Kevin and I would go again unless we were taking friends with children with us. They put on a fabulous show and it would be an experience I would love to take my nephews and nieces too once they are old enough!
By this time I was exhausted and Kevin drove us home. Our Chicago adventure complete for now. We spent close to $50 on tolls, broke our gas budget for the first time in two years. But came out with so many amazing memories and experiences it was totally worth every bit of it. Have you ever been to Chicago?
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