Arriving in Chicago

We arrived in Chicago in the midst of a surprise Indian summer.

Chicago

Where it should have been cool, breezy and most definitely autumn-y; it was gloriously sunny, bright and warm.

I flew out to meet Mr B who had been in the States with work for the week. I was lucky to be on one of the only planes to land into the airport that day due to some ruckus. I navigated the airport, monorail and jumped on a train straight to downtown Chicagee, hauled my suitcase around a bit, found my hotel with glee and set straight to utilising the room service for wine. Mr B arrived, did the same for beer and we spent the evening catching up after having spent almost two weeks apart.

But it’s the next day you’ll be interested in. We woke up bright and early – sometimes I just love jet lag – and hit the streets. We found a Corner Bakery Cafe and ordered huge plates of eggs and coffee.

Breakfast in Chicago

Roasted rosemary and garlic potatoes for breakfast. YES PLEASE!

Then we set out to explore.

Things to do in Chicago

Downtown Chicago street

The Chicago skyline

We headed into Millennium Park. A green sanctuary set against a backdrop of towering, sparkly buildings.

Things to do in Chicago

T-shirt from Topshop, old jeans (similar here), ballet pumps now in the sale here, belt from a jacket but similar here.

Millenium Park Chicago

The Green Eyed Girl in Millenium Park Chicago

Steps in Millenium Park Chicago

parks and skyscrapers in Chicago

Millenium Park Chicago

Millenium Park Chicago

Before heading down onto the shore of the lake – a lake so big you have no chance of seeing the other side.

The marina Chicago

Walking along the marina Chicago

Boats in the marina Chicago

This city really does have everything.

Parks in Chicago

We stopped for some freshly squeezed juice, and continued on our way.

Parks in Chicago

parks in Chicago

The Buckingham Memorial Fountain in Grant Park , Chicago

The Buckingham Memorial Fountain in Grant Park , Chicago

The Buckingham Memorial Fountain in Grant Park is one of the largest in the world. Every hour there is a great display and the fountains shoot water high into the air and apparently they have musical displays in the evening which we sadly missed.

sculptures in Chicago

Sculptures in Chicago

Sculptures in Chicago

After stopping to say hi to some sculptures, we stumbled across the ‘bean’. The sculpture was designed by a British artist and is officially called Cloud Gate. It is a massive tourist attraction and photo opportunity and I gleefully embraced both.

The Bean, Chicago

The Bean, Chicago

The Bean, Chicago

The Bean, Chicago

Reflections in The Bean, Chicago

The Bean, Chicago

Art in Chicago

We continued our exploration into the shopping district, where I spent a few dollars and we grabbed some lunch.

The Trump tower, Chicago

Chicago river

Exhausted, we collapsed into a park with a coffee to give our weary feet a break and to enjoy the evening sun.

Chicago parks

Chicago parks

Chicago parks

Naturally, a bridal party led by a bag piper strolled through.

Chicago wedding

Unable to walk a step further, we hopped onto Chicago’s equivalent to the Borris bike and cycled back through the city to our hotel for a much needed nap.

Divvy bikes, Chicago

Divvy bikes, Chicago

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