So the day has finally come … my family are here in Chicago!! It’s pretty crazy as i wasn’t sure if i was going to be able to get them all the way out here but they did it and got through the 9 hour flight arriving in Chicago O’Hare Airport :).
I picked them up and after a little bit of time at the car rental place i drove back to the house with them following behind (which actually a little scary as some of the roads out of the airport are hard enough as it is without adding that America drives on the right … we made it though yay). We chilled out for the evening meeting my host parents and showing them around the house and the local area. Having only just lost all our snow around here a couple of weeks ago i was a little worried that the weather would stay cold but actually we got the best week of weather we could have hoped for.
Early the next morning we got the train into the city and anticipating that the second day would be better for views out of the John Hancock observatory I swapped our activities around and we headed towards the Shedd Aquarium first. We’re all kind of into Geocaching as well so we picked up a few along the way as well which was a cool way of seeing Chicago. The Aquarium was amazing although we were limited on time as it was closing early but we managed to see the Dolphin show and look around pretty much everything. The Beluga whales were pretty cool and they had some crazy looking fish i don’t think I’d seen before anywhere. It was great to take my younger sister Holly along as well as she had never seen a Dolphin show before.
We checked out Millenium Park on the way back through the city and stopped by Buckingham fountain which was sadly still off for winter. After our packed out day of sightseeing we checked in to the hotel and had some dinner next door. The next day the morning started off a little misty and it rolled in over the top of the buildings so to give the sun some time to burn it off i took them to Navy Pier for the morning. It was Holly’s birthday so we checked out some nice shops and looked around for a sports shirt as well as having Bubba Gump for lunch which was yummy as always. I took them to the end of the pier which compared to last time had a little less ice and snow thankfully and we were able to get a clear look back to the city.
We then took a trek up the Magnificent Mile to the John Hancock Observatory where we went up and got an amazing view of the city with Lake Michigan shore line, Navy Pier and off into the distance across Chicago. It ended up a beautiful day so we were really lucky with the view we got. After that we walked back down towards the train station, checked out the Chicago river and ended up getting an earlier train back home to make a birthday meal for Holly and save our feet anymore walking. It was a great dinner and i surprised Holly with her first icecream cake. Tomorrow we set off for Milwaukee (not too sure whats there but its somewhere i haven’t been before so that will be nice).