Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Weekend in the City

As far as my boys are concerned, Chicago is the best place on earth. 

Forget Disneyland.  Chicago has everything these boys seem to want.  Hot dogs, museums, fountains, popcorn, pizza, and Lake Michigan, the closest thing to the ocean they know.  When we say we are going to Chicago, the boys get very excited and there is (almost) not a single complaint the entire 4 hour drive.

Due to time constraints, this last trip was not going to include any museums, much to the consternation of Bug ("But Mom, the Field Museum has an exhibit about prehistoric mammals!")

We instead, spent the day walking around Chicago, showing my sister the must-see sites.

There was The Bean...

My boys must always act they they are being squished by everything, especially art.

There was Millennium Park...

There was Buckingham Fountain...

There was the the Chicago Theater sign...

There was the Main Street Bridge...

We ate hot dogs from street vendors.  We ate Garrett's Popcorn.  We ate amazing deep dish pizza.  And we walked about 8 miles that day.  Needless to say, the boys were a little exhausted by the end of the day.

So what better way to finish the weekend than by more walking.  This time through the lovely Chicago Botanical Gardens.  

These gardens were so beautiful, I had to restrain myself from taking a picture of every single flower.

The boys were finally rewarded by going where they wanted to go most...Lake Michigan.  They played in the always surprisingly clear water.  We collected sea glass along the beach.

We love living in our small town, but every now and then, even small town boys need a weekend in the city.


  1. I love it! We went to Chicago for Spring Break; just me and two of my girlfriends. This brought back memories!

    LOVE that close-up flower picture!

  2. Thank you for sharing those great pics! I have never been to Chicago, but it's on my list. This gives me a glimpse. Found you on SITS. :)

  3. I want to go to Chicago SO BAD! One day I'll get there. Hopefully sooner, rather than later!

  4. What a fun trip. It looks beautiful there.

  5. Thank you for a wonderful tour of Chicago! I've never visited, but now I'd like to do so! Your photos are amazing and your kids are so cute. I just stopped by from "SITS" to say hello; hope you find time to do the same.

  6. As always your pictures and guided mental tour are wonderful. I'm so glad you went and gave little sis a safe glimpse of more of her world.