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3 days in Chicago

3 days in Chicago, September 11th – 14th 2017

 

Our expectations of those 3 days in Chicago were very low, and we were even a little frighten of what we would encounter. We were pleasantly surprised by the east side of Chicago because all you hear about is the high level of violence in this city.

However, Chicago turned out to be a very beautiful city where we meet many nice people.

I would say that you need to use some wisdom in the places that you plan to visit. There is so much to pick from around the City that you will enjoy yourself greatly if you love architecture, history and great scenery…
And so, after all the normal hassles of leaving the Boston airport, which actually ran smoothly, we enjoyed no delay and we were on our way to the Midwest.

The first of 3 days in Chicago

At Chicago O’Hare International Airport which is the second-busiest airport in the world when measured by aircraft traffic, we were lucky again and were on our way quickly.

Around 4:00 pm, after settling in the AirBnB with our host Anthony and Ramona, very nice people to say the least and in a very comfortable place, we went out to explore the city.

We walked for a long-time through different streets not able to take in all that it was in front of us; the architecture, the parks and the area by lake Michigan.

It gives you the feeling of being by the sea because of the immense size of water. We enjoyed ourselves so much that walked until dark…

The weather was wonderful which made it even more enjoyable as you can see in the many pictures we took.

The “windy city” as Chicago is known, was very kind to us but you might want to keep in mind the time of the year for your trip. Its nickname presides its fame.

Here some pictures at the Navy pier…

After that we ate dinner at “Casa Margarita” which is a casual Mexican restaurant where we had some quesadillas. The food was very good…

The second of our 3 days in Chicago

The next day, we were out for more! We started our day at Buckingham Fountain which is a Chicago landmark in the center of Grant Park. It is a work of art very close to the water front…

Then, we walked on the lake front trail, and saw places that even have small beaches and amazing paved walking paths where many people were jogging, riding the bikes or simply taking a stroll like us.

It is very enjoyable due to the proximity of Lake Michigan…

Around us the city with its magnificent architecture keep unfolding. We had the desire of seeing it from up high so we picked 360 Chicago, an observation deck located on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Building.

It’s tilting glass lookout, 1000 ft. up, gives some wonderful views…

It was so enjoyable that we picked the package of “sun and starts” so we could come back at sunset. The many pictures proved that we loved it!

Form above or below, the city is just wonderful. Chicago is the third-largest city in the U.S. and has often been called a global architecture capital!

After the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 the city made an effort to rebuilt. The construction boom accelerated population growth throughout the following decades, leading Chicago to become one of the five largest cities in the world by 1900.

During this period, Chicago made contributions to urban planning, new construction styles which includes the Chicago School of architecture and the eventual creation of the steel-framed skyscraper.

Needless to say, the city is gorgeous during the day or night.

We returned to 360 Chicago right before sunset, to find a place for us to take a nice photo.

We were surrounded but many people that even sat in some long staircases to enjoy the view while drinking a glass of champagne. The atmosphere was very enjoyable…

And the sunset was absolutely outstanding…

After the sunset, made beautiful the red sky and the city at night, we had time for some ice-cream!

Here are more pictures of the city at night. Chicago is considered one of the most important business centers in the world and you can see it in the movement of this place. It feels full of life…

Last day of our 3 days in Chicago

The next day, we took it easy. We had booked a lunch at Sixteen Restaurant located in the Trump Tower. The place was quiet, just perfect to appreciate our tasting menu, with the accompanying wines….

Each dish was exquisitely planned out with a touch of drama and made for an unforgettable experience…

After lunch we were welcome at the balcony where we took these photos of something we were missing, the famous bridges of Chicago…Even a few more pictures of the impotent architecture. To compare Manhattan with its huge skyscrapers that challenge even the sun to shine bright when you are in the streets, Chicago feels like each building is an expression of art…

To complete our day, we visited the United Center, which is an indoor sports arena, home to both the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL).

The arena is named after its city-based corporate sponsor, United Airlines…

The east side of the arena features bronze statue of Michael Jordan known as “The Spirit”. Michael Jordan, even though he has retired, ranks 10th among NBA players with most championships (6 total championships won).

To end our trip, we tasted the famous Chicago pan pizza. We ate a small size pizza but it was still so much food! We couldn’t eat even half of it, but it was very good!

Chicago is a city full of life and diversity. Just reading some of the research shows its importance in many areas, including economy and arts.

It exceeded the expectations I had and it’s a great place to visit… Has not been easy to come back to London…

If you have any question or you just want to let me know your point of view, feel free to leave a comment below, I will be more than happy to come back to you!

 

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