We were both looking forward to visiting the Windy City! And neither of us were disappointed! The problem with travel blogging some of the places we’ve been I’ve discovered, is that there is just TOO MUCH to talk about to fit into one entry. For the Cliff Notes I have made a list of all that was brilliant:
#1 Supernatural Con held at the Westin in Rosemont. Rosemont is not technically IN Chicago itself but it marks the beginning of our stay here.
#2 My first ever NBA game watching the Chicago Bulls beat Sacramento Kings 93 – 87 at the United Centre.
I have a new favourite NBA player too.
Joakim Noah (son of Yannick Noah the tennis player) – he reminds me of taller, thinner Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo of Game of Thrones and also in Stargate Atlantis at Ronon Dex) and after reading a bit about him he’s definitely an interesting character.
#3 The DEEP DISH DELCIOUS PIZZA wherein ONE slice is a meal. It’s definitely more of a pie type design food.
So very, very VERY delicious. We met up with my friend Irene our first night staying in Rosemont and she took us here. I think if I lived in Chicago the deep dish would definitely be at least a once a week experience.
#4 The ARCHITECTURE. Truly this city is one of America’s hotbeds for the Architecture movers and shakers. There are some stunning buildings downtown. We took one of the bus tours and we also did The Architecture Boat tour as well – both were great but the boat one had an awesome guide who literally did not stop talking the entire tour. So very, very knowledgeable about the buildings, their histories and also a guru on general Chicago area history.
The view from the top of the Willis Tower (official name all Chicagoans still call it The Sears Tower) was fantastic and it was great fun going out on the overhang to look through the glass floor 1400 feet or 440m up in the air.
I don’t envy these guys their jobs and I do hope they get extra danger pay. That job is very high up!
They need more harnessing! And I’d demand a net below.
This is my favourite building and it is designed by one of two female architects with buildings in the downtown Chicago area. The Wave Building. Every single room and floor has completely unique floor plans. No two rooms are the same. It’s now a Radisson hotel.
#5 The number of places to visit for travelling Aussies.
The Museum of Science and Industry. They had a special Charles M Schulz and Peanuts exhibit going. This place was fantastic and I was wishing that Perth’s Scitech could even be half as good as this place. So much to see and do and learn about.
Art Institute of Chicago
So that’s the main highlights. There is heaps to do in this city and we really enjoyed it. The trains were easy to get around on, city was easy to navigate by foot, food choices were abundant, the weather, despite the time of the year, was mild and the company we had was great – staying with a friend (and her husband) I had made via online interactions that started through our shared love for the TV show Smallville a few years ago now. It was great having such great sources of city knowledge to talk to and having Halloween there was also cool. As well having a fellow TV fan to talk our shows with. Did my first pumpkin carving as well as I was taking part in a Scavenger Hunt that called for it and that was a neat little experience. I could definitely get into that sort of thing as an art.