This family trip to Chicago was on a total whim. In the beginning of summer, we had no plans to leave the state with kiddos for a trip, but I am so glad we did. I was browsing on the Internet about fun family vacations in Minnesota and Chicago came up (yep def. not in MN). I looked into it more, asked David his thoughts and 24 hours later our hotel was booked and I started packing. We didn’t tell the kids until the night before, because we happen to always surprise them when we take family vacations unless it’s more than just our family going. Settle in for a picture and fun overload!
On Monday morning we got up, had breakfast, finished up some work and we headed out.
The trip was super easy and fun until…
Girls, I didn’t realize the traffic this city had. Goodness, I was not prepared. Now I’ve been in rush hour traffic in MN plenty of times, but this was a whole different world. It was quiet funny because our GPS would say 30 miles left=1 hour and 40 min left.It was crazy. I am clearly not a city girl.
We got to our hotel. We stayed at the Radisson Blu. The location was perfect and the hotel was absolutely beautiful.
We settled in and within 15 minutes were ready to explore! First stop, the Pier.
The walk to the Pier was only a few minutes away and the weather was perfect.
We walked along the pier until dusk so we could get on the Ferris wheel to see the skyline at night.
And then it was time. You all I am so scared of heights. Terrified. This was a bid deal for me. Lanna took a pic of my boys excitement and mine well….you can tell what I’m feeling.
The view was gorgeous. If I didn’t look down I could handle it. Although I would have been just fine with it going around once, it went around 3 times.
Me after. I made it. This girl was my biggest cheerleader. I just adore her.
Afterwards we took one of one of those bike taxis back to our hotel. My kids thought it was the absolute coolest thing!
The next morning we ventured out to the Shedd aquarium. The line was a bit longer than I would have liked but the aquarium did not disappoint!
We saw so many sea creatures it was absolutely crazy! Watched a 4 D Movie, saw a dolphin show and pet the stingrays. On the way out there was a limo and said he was having a slow day and offered us an amazing deal to take us to lunch. He ended up driving us to our destination later in the night as well. My kids were being ecstatic because of course this was another great first for them!
For lunch we told him we wanted something away from the tourist spot he took us to Gino’s East. Wow it was so delicious the service was super fun! The entire restaurant is covered in people signatures. So we had to leave our mark a well. They waiter handed s a sharpie and we went to find our spot.
In the midst of everyone else. It ha David, Julia, Lanna and Braden Jones. We had made our mark and eaten our deep dish so we went back to take a quick rest before our Blue Man show later that night.
The show was so much fun! It was hilarious, which I did not expect. Our family loved it!
The next day was or last day so started off right with room service, another first for the kids. I was so happy that my kids got to check off so many things off their “bucket list”. Their excitement was contagious!
And with our tummies full we started the walk on the Magnificent Mile. Our destination American Girl and Lego Store. But First the Candy Store.
Yay we made it!
And just when we thought Chicago couldn’t be any more special this happened. Meet “Taco”
Our last stop before heading back to the hotel was of course “The Bean”. At this point we are all tired and hot…in case our faces didn’t give it away.
We had booked an architectural boat tour at sunset with fireworks at the end but we had a few hours to spare before we had to head out. Radisson Blu had an outside pool on the 3rd floor and you were surrounded by high rise buildings as you are swimming. My kids loved it!
We grabbed a quick bite to eat and headed off to the boat tour. It was fantastic. It was such a cool learning experience. Our tour guide knew so much and even my kids were fascinated. At the end they had a fire work show. Loved it.
The next morning we had breakfast and drove back. I am so grateful that we had the chance to experience this city as a family. We didn’t really plan too much and had no expectations going there and everything just fell into place. It was absolutely perfect. Love my little family so much!
Love XoXo, Julia