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We had a whirlwind trip through the Windy City.  For real!  We blasted through the city and did a ton of stuff in only 2 1/2 days.  I’ll give you the highlights…

Day 1 (1/2 a day…)  started out at the Adler Planetarium.  We saw some really entertaining shows and learned a ton about space, infinity and beyond!

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After the planetarium we walked around downtown and posed by the Bean.  It was really cool!  A very interesting work of art.

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We also stopped in Macy’s where they were having a flower show up on the 9th floor.

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Actually, I was more draw to going into a store that had 9 floors in it!  You sure don’t see that in my hometown of Toledo!  My kids were nervous looking down the escalators.

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Day 2: the morning was spent at the Shedd Aquarium.  It’s a really great aquarium, and my favorite part was the penguins.  Awwwwww!

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For the afternoon, we walked next door to the Field Museum of Natural History.  Sue greeted us.

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That night we went for Chicago famous deep dish pizza.  I’m not sure why I didn’t get a picture of it.  Oh, it was because I was so hungry I inhaled it when it arrived!  We walked 8.5 miles that day.  I can run 20+ miles and not be as exhausted as I was from being on my feet all day and walking 8.5 miles!

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Day 3: we went up 103 floors at the Willis (Sears) tower.  Surprisingly, the elevator ride only took 60 seconds.  It was a little freaky when it started moving back and forth during our ascent.  Our ears popped 5 times as we went up!

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We went into the “Ledge” which is a glass box hanging on the outside of the building.  You could see straight down to the street/river below.  My son was a bit scared at first, but soon he was jumping up and down in the box.

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The rest of the afternoon was spent at the Museum of Science and Industry.  It is a ginormous  building with a little bit of everything in it.

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My son especially liked trying to fool everyone into touching him while he was playing around with the plasma lamp.  They would get a quick zap when they touched him!

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We had a great time exploring the city.  I was that tourist who took many pictures of the tall buildings.  It’s such an eye opener to see how our daily life would be different if we lived in a city.  We didn’t think twice about walking a mile to see something in the city, but back home we would just hop in our car instead.  One thing I did not do was go running outside.  I got up early one morning to run, and since the rest of my family was still sleeping, I hit the gym instead.  Now I know why everyone hates the treadmill!  I had to use the elliptical first, and that was a snoozer because I didn’t have any headphones.  And when the treadmill opened up, I got to stare at my iPhone for all 5 miles.  Luckily Netflix on my phone had closed captioning, but still, it was pretty darn bad looking at the tiny letters.  Ugh!  Not to mention the fact that I had only packed tights because I thought I would be running outside.  Phew, sweaty!!

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Hope you enjoyed my recap of Chicago!  I’d love to go back in the summer so we could see more of the outside attractions.


How about you?  So tell me…..

Q:  Do you enjoy elliptical machines?

Nope!  My feet get numb when I use them and I don’t break a sweat 🙁

Q:  Are you afraid of heights?

Q:  Do you live in the city, country, or suburbs?


4 thoughts on “Blowing through the Windy City!”
    1. We bought a CityPass, which was a discounted ticket price for all of those attractions, so I made sure we did everything! It was a lot of fun. Good memories 🙂

  1. My feet go numb when I use the elliptical too! I wonder why that is? Definitely the #1 reason I dislike ellipticals too. I break a sweat if I put the elliptical in fat burner mode and crank up the resistance, but then my feet go numb quicker I think!

    Those elevator pictures are priceless!
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    1. It is so odd to have numb feet. I try mixing it up going backwards every once in a while, but it doesn’t help much.
      Chicago was a lot of fun. It’s only 4 hrs away from our house. I’m surprised we haven’t traveled there sooner!

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