A few years ago after I attended a wedding in the suburbs of Chicago, I decided to take the train into downtown Chicago the next day. Can you believe I hadn’t ever been to downtown Chicago and I’ve lived in Illinois my whole life?! #truestory It is a really cool city and today I’m sharing what I did on my one day adventure!!
Far before I showed my husband Cloud Gate (aka The Bean), I checked it out at Millenium Park. Because you can’t visit Chicago without seeing THE BEAN! The fountain in Millenium Park was so fun to watch. It was crazy how they can have that video of that woman up there, surrounded by water! I was totally intrigued by how it was operating.
I headed down to Navy Pier next.
Navy Pier was different than what I had pictured! Maybe it’s more exciting at night?! I don’t know. Either way, there are cool photo ops and that’s what I’m into. There were some places to eat, the infamous ferris wheel, boat ride areas, and some pretty epic views of the city. Even if you don’t do anything else, it’s worth it to go just for the views! I ate at a pizza place here that was great!
Exploring on Foot
From there I explored the city on foot!
The weather was not bad for the end of June. It was cloudy & quite warm. Chicago is known as the Windy City and it did not disappoint. It was very windy! Nevertheless, it was a nice walking day and I walked down by the marina area and all the way down to the Field Museum.
The Field Museum – what a COOL PLACE!! This is definitely one of the best museums I’ve ever visited. There were so many exhibits. I could’ve spent all day there. Of course, I first had to say hello to SUE the T-Rex!
It’s not every day you see a real t-rex skeleton. CRAZY COOL! The museum enlisted the help of the McDonald’s Corporation, the Walt Disney World Resort, and private donors to get this dinosaur skeleton for… wait for it… a staggering $8.4 million! Holy smokes!!! This was the most money ever paid for a fossil at auction.
I recently read they are moving Sue to her own area this year. You might miss her if you visit in 2018, but The Field Museum assures us all she will be back. I also got to see my first mummy here! I can’t recommend visiting The Field Museum enough.