The husband and I snuck away for a weekend in Chicago recently, and it was wonderful! In the midst of a busy season, it was great to take a mini trip and get in some quality time.
Our “must-do” was the Willis Tower Skydeck Chicago, 1,353 feet above the ground. 103 stories. See those tiny cubes on the side of the building in this very zoomed-in photo? Yeah, that’s where we headed.
I was worried about crowds (having been warned that it gets busy on weekends), so we got there very early. We were there on a Saturday, and it opened at 9:30 a.m. – not 10 a.m. like the website indicated. That was good news for us, because we were in the first group to go up for the day. The process of getting in and going through security/ticketing was remarkably efficient. We didn’t feel rushed at all as we took photos in the Skydeck. Here’s a view from the top – not for the faint of heart.
We got out nice and early, and headed off to do more sightseeing. Next up was another iconic landmark at Millenium Park. After taking some obligatory reflection photos in the Cloud Gate and seeing the park’s other highlights, we were ready for the next stop.
The husband and I walked over to Navy Pier, but didn’t do anything except stop in a gift shop and take some photos at the end before continuing our tour of the city.
We happened to be visiting during the Open House Chicago event, and since we had time we decided to go to Tribune Tower. The building is beautiful, and stones from famous locales are embedded in its exterior.
Because of this special event, we were able to tour the Tribune’s digital media department, which is located where the newspaper used to be printed. It’s a very open, industrial-looking space that combines old and new elements. I was so glad we were visiting during this rare time it was open to the public.
Final stop for the day: The Art Institute of Chicago. We were pretty wiped out by this point, and didn’t have the energy to see as much as we would have liked. It was great to see the highlights of the museum, however, such as Marc Chagall’s America Windows.
The next day we spent a significant amount of time at the Museum of Science and Industry. This museum was playing host to a fantastic exhibit of Disney memorabilia. It was amazing to see items such as the carpet bag from Mary Poppins, the prop storybooks from Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, the first ticket ever purchased at Disneyland, and Walt Disney’s personal notes written on scripts and signage. Just wow.
Capping off the trip was a stop at a yarn shop – Loopy Yarns. Like my other experiences with local yarn stores, it was wonderful.
Helpful staff, a nice selection (including a lower-level sale section), and, importantly for the ever-patient husband, a comfy sitting area. 🙂
I picked up a couple of skeins of yarn, branching out into a color that I wouldn’t normally choose. It was an unusual choice for me, and will be a nice reminder of our fun trip. They even wrapped up the yarn in tissue paper – it’s the little things that make a difference. More info about this yarn to come!