If you happen to make it to the ‘Windy City’ this year, the bucket list of items you must see will be too long to do in a day. I made the most of the 24+ hours I had in this fabulous city, given the weather, with not more than $100 in my pocket!
Planes, Trains, & Automobiles
My fight into O’Hare (ORD) was pleasantly uneventful, had a chance to finish ‘Start Something That Matters’ by Tom’s Founder Blake Mycoskie; fun read on how one of the first social ventures came to existence. I needed to get to Downtown Chicago, so I hopped on the CTA Blue Line ‘L’ blue line train, which you catch underground for only $5 USD – a taxi cab fare would be about $40/ride. The Blue Line conveniently runs 24hrs a day, 7 days a week for your riding enjoyment.
The trip into town is about 45 minutes from O’Hare; the subway train goes above ground 3/4 of the way to Chicago, so you get a chance to do some sightseeing. I hopped off on Grand Ave, made my way up to the city streets to pick up water and wait for my ride.
By the time I made it off the train, it was close to 2pm and my stomach let it be known that the pretzels on the plane ride would satiate no more. Found my friends (yay!) and scouted our lunch venue. We found a cute place off of Randolph St. called Little Goat Diner it was incredibly busy, but they were quick to sit us.
The ambiance was fun and young. All the menu items looked amazing, so we opted to pick a couple of items to share!
Snack Corner (Appetizers): Goat Chili Cheese Fries & Machos Nachos
Breakfast (Served all day): Bull’s Eye French Toast
Sammiches: Los Drowned (braised beef, havarti, avocado, pickled peppers & onions, spicy mayo, hoagie)
Soup: Goat Chili
Everything met expectations, but the Goat Chili Cheese Fries were beyond spectacular!
After lunch we took a drive around the city to check out one of the most beautiful cityscapes I have ever seen. I ended up printing some of these and putting them up on my walls I love this city so much!
You cannot make a trip out to Chicago and not make it to ONE of their museums. Turns out that Bank of America Bank Card holders get free admission on the first weekend of every month! View list here of all the museums across the country you can get free entry to.
The lines were long to most of the ones on the list, we ended up finding a great deal on Groupon to the planetarium so we spent the afternoon enjoying the four story Adler Planetarium, which happens to be the first planetarium in the western hemisphere to open to the public in 1930.
This is a great place for the family. Many interactive installations and knowledgeable hosts to answer questions. Below is a slideshow of some of the exhibits for your viewing pleasure.
The museum has a fun retail space with t-shirts and great trinkets to take home. Make sure you budget accordingly.
To complete the trip we strolled around Solidarity Dr., where Soldier Field and Shedd Aquarium sit. I can’t wait to go back and visit each one!
*** This installation is right across from the Adler Planetarium, “Circle of Animals/Zodiac heads” Bronze, 2010 by Artist Ai Weiwei.