Arrived at O'Hare at Noon on Thursday (Thanksgiving day) and the airport was not as busy as I thought it would be. However, it took us nearly 45 minutes to get to the L blue line to go downtown. The airport is very intimidating! Loved the bathrooms with the automatic seat covers LOL gotta love that! and the fact that they have TORTAS FRONTERAS BY RICK BAYLESS, well, it makes it one of my favorite airports after Paris (mainly due to the Macaroons from Laduree).
Stayed at the Intercontinental Hotel Magnificent mile, and loved the service (5 stars) and the room was modern, super clean, ample enough (although there have been some complaints on the small size of them) you've never seen a small room until you've been to Europe, those are SMALL! LOL
In the next few days we used taxi's and the amazing public transportation system. We did a free tour with Chicago Greeters with Leigh, who took us to the Gold Coast (my mom's favorite of the entire trip). She was extremely knowledgeable, fun and a true enjoyment to have her show us around.
Skated in Millennium Park while realizing we were the only ones literally "ON" the ice... as in falling every 5 seconds! Most everyone else skated very well. It was fun and free (you only rent the skates) but if you have your own, its entirely free.
Downtown (The Loop) was a true joy to walk around and admire the buildings and architecture. Just be careful because you're neck will hurt at the end of the day from looking up! LOL
Had amazing Chicago Deep Dish Pizza at Giordano's, Huge tasty pancakes at the Bongo room, super crunchy and creamy cream puffs at Beard Papas (the strawberry was the favorite) and an unforgettable dessert tasting at TRU with the now famous black and while napkins service in the silver tray.
The Field Museum was my son's favorite of the trip, as he got to see "Sue" the largest, most complete T-REX in the world! He also enjoyed the Egyptian Exhibit, and bragging about what he knew. :)
On our last day we spend the morning at the Art Institute and had an amazing time admiring my favorites: Picasso and Dali paintings.
One thing I missed: There is a true shortage of souvenir shops or knickknack shops. The windy city has this "air" about her I've yet to see in another city. Very proper, high-scale if you will. We had a fantastic time!
Enjoy our favorite pictures
|Largest Tiffany Dome in the World at the Chicago Cultural Center|
|Magnificent Mile from our Hotel (Intercontinental Chicago) looking towards downtown|
|Our Hotel, Intercontinental Chicago - Magnificent Mile|
|Mom & Matthew at the German Christmaskindl Market in the Loop|
|A very good beginning in Chicago, German Potato Pancake & amazing Bratwurst sandwich|
|Our room at the Intercontinental Chicago with a view towards Magnificent Mile (paid $400 including tax for 3 nights!) great deal.|
|Matt & Me (Random picture in Chicago)|
|Cultural Center - View towards Millennium Park|
|Mom & Matt in the Gold Coast (my mom's favorite area) a small box under the freeway costs about $1 Million! LOL|
|The original Playboy Mansion|
|Matthew in love with the $1Million cube at the Federal Reserve Bank Museum in Chicago|
|Hahahaha! My mom had lots of fun at the Federal Reserve Bank!|
|Matt's Hero! Michael Jordan's (His Steakhouse in Chicago)|
|Cloud Gate "The Bean" Huge steal sculpture made to reflect the whole city|
|Matt & Me ice skating in Millennium Park|
|Monet at the Art Institute - Love his use of color!|
|Matt's favorite - Georges Seurat "A Sunday on la Grande Jatte"|
|Painting by Matta from Chile "The earth is a man"|
|View at night from the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears tower) which by the way, they sold the name because they needed $$!|