One of my goals for 2017 is to buy less and experience more.
I started the new year with a trip to Chicago to visit my roommate. I had never been to Chicago but was excited to explore a new city. As I travel to more and more cities I've realized that I am definitely a city person. I love the beach and mountains but I know I want to live in the city for at least part of my life.
My roommate Priya and her family took me around to explore. I really hate the cold. I was slightly worried about visiting Chicago during the winter but the weather was actually pretty mild and made walking around the city very enjoyable. As stereotypical as it is, my favorite part was the Bean. It was not what I was expecting. I loved seeing the reflection of the skyline cast onto the structure.
Here are some places to visit if in the Chicago Area:
The Bean is one of the first things that comes to mind when I hear Chicago so naturally, it was at the top of my list of things to do. I managed to see the bean when there was practically no one there! This made for some great picture opportunities. It was much bigger then I thought it was going to be.
Millennium Park houses iconic Chicago architecture and attractions. It would definitely be the place go to in the warmer months.
The Willis Tower:
We went 104 floors up to see the sky deck. The sky deck is a glass box that overlooks the city 104 floors up. It was a bit foggy when we went but it was still a super cool experience. When buying tickets definitely look at the weather- the tickets are pricey and if it’s cloudy you may not even get to see anything.
For dinner you have to experience deep dish pizza. I prefer thing crust pizza but experiencing true deep dish is a must. I went to one of the original deep dish spots, Giordano's.
The Chicago River offered the best view of the city. With a river winding through the middle of the city, the view is unlike any other.
To experience the greatest hotdogs you will ever have in your entire life you need to try Portillo's. I love hotdogs and was very eager to try one. They were insanely good. I even went back and got another one! Portillo's is also known for their chocolate cake. A true slice of heaven.
Have you ever been to Chicago?