11 Hours in the City of Chicago

It is fall time and that means travelling season is starting! Fall is definitely my favourite time to travel through North America and I recently came back from a wonderful road trip through Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. It is safe to say that the months of planning and budgeting really paid off, even my spouse claims that this was one of the best trips that he has ever been on. I deserve a freaking medal, but more on that later. When I was looking into plane tickets, I happened to find one with a layover in Chicago, Illinois, this is a city that I have had my eye on for years. I also happen to be a huge fan of the Netflix show Sense 8 which has major filming in Chicago, sadly no Will or Riley on this trip. What I did note is that plane tickets with longer layovers also happen to be cheaper, so saving dollars and being able to explore yet another destination on my road trip through the USA was just the cherry on top. I booked the tickets and immediately started looking up what to do in the city and of course where to get the best deep dish pizza.

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We landed in Chicago on Friday October 13th and we really lucked out because it was a gorgeous fall day. It was slightly overcast so the heat from the sun was blocked out and made exploring the city very manageable. We took the subway from the Chicago Airport to Washington, about an hour ride and well worth it for the amount of time we had on layover. We got to the main city for about 9 am, just in time for coffee and we were on our way. Navigating the city was very easy, especially because I had done some research before travelling (always recommended) and there were maps on bus stops which was a great tourist tool. We made it to Millennium Park, which was not as large as I thought but full of many more sculptures than I expected. Chicago is a huge art City and has an impressive amount of beautiful architecture and art initiatives throughout their city parks. We saw Cloud Gate; the infamous bean and I totally fell in love, what a neat sculpture! Lucky for us, we got there before the massive amounts of people and took some nice pictures, went underneath and experienced the distortion that is the bean. There are many sculptures throughout Millennium Park but the bean was easily my favourite.

Behind Millennium Park is Maggie Daley Park, which was in all honest much more impressive. This is where you can find mini putting, rock climbing, extreme children’s playgrounds and even pirate ships; just a haven for those who love the outdoors. I can see this being a staple in the average Chicago parents life, there is just so much to see and I am not going to lie…I played on that playground and went through the enchanted forest!

We finished off our trip with the Buckingham Fountain, Navy Pier and of course, Chicago deep dish pizza. The fountain was beautiful, Navy Pier supplied some gorgeous pictures of the waterfront but the pizza stole the entire show, perhaps the entire trip. The cheese, the toppings, the sauce, the crust…THE CHEESE!! We ate at Girodano’s and I don’t think I can put into words how much I loved this pizza, so I wont even try…it was damn good!

I am so glad that we decided to do this random day trip to one of the most beautiful cities I have ever visited. The only thing I regret is not exploring any museums, next time Chicago I will learn about your art history, past with the mob and hopefully eat more pizza.

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