Chicago, IL… Who doesn’t want to visit this place? The people, atmosphere, food, history and the iconic landmarks. Chicago has so much to offer to anyone and everyone. Granted we don’t want to live there but we really enjoyed visiting this great city. We love big cities and being downtown, so Chicago was a perfect place for us to visit!
It all started when I found a place in Brookfield, IL (more on that later) that I wanted to take Andy to for his birthday. Being that we hadn’t been to the Chicago Bears stadium yet it made sense to make a weekend of it. Once we decided that we were going to spend the night we started making a list of places we wanted to see and things we wanted to eat.
*The Bean (Cloud Gate) @ Millennium Park
*Solider Field- Home to the Chicago Bears
*Michael Jordan Statue @ the United Center
And so, Saturday morning we set off for Chicago!
Our first stop was Solider Field to get our glass! This has got to be one of the coolest stadiums yet! It made you feel like you were Rome at the Coliseum, it was really cool. Bear fans, you have an awesome stadium, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! And it only seemed fitting to get a glass that said “Da Bears!”. After this we did go to Wrigley Field but it was under major construction so we weren’t able to do or see anything sadly…
We decided to find some lunch and we wandered upon Jimmy’s Red Hots… Let me tell you, Chicago knows how to do food! We both loved our Chicago dogs! They were fabulous! I mean, JUST LOOK AT THESE PICTURES!!! YUM!!!!!
Anyway… as we were driving to find lunch Andy spotted somewhere he had always wanted to go… Chicago Music Exchange! This place is a music lovers paradise! If you love music and instruments so yourself a favor and check this place out. You will not be disappointed! These pictures don’t do it justice by any means.
Just a beautiful place whether you like music and instruments or not really.
We then headed to the United Center to see the infamous Michael Jordan statue. And enjoying sports like he does, this was another landmark he had always wanted to visit. I have to say, it was a pretty cool thing to see!
As we started to head downtown to see the sights we soon learned that if we wanted to get anywhere fast we were going to have to walk. We decided to head to our hotel, which was located downtown (thanks to a great Priceline Express Deal), park the car at the hotel and head out on foot to see the sights.
We checked into our hotel, The Hyatt Centric The Loop, and we took advantage of the valet parking that the hotel offered. Let me say that neither of us have ever stayed in a 4.5 star hotel, but we would HIGHLY recommend it! The service was excellent, the rooms luxurious and our overall experience was amazing!
This hotel has a lounge that has a coffee machine (it makes about 10 different kinds of coffer), some fruits and several varieties of “trail mix”, all of this is complimentary for guests of the hotel. The Hyatt Centric also has its own French restaurant in it, which is open to everyone I believe, guest or not. We did have some drinks from the bar in the restaurant as we received some coupons from the staff due to a wait while checking in. They had a variety of wines, beers and drinks created specifically by their bar staff. All in all our experience at the bar was great!
We headed out to experience all the sights, sounds, atmosphere, food and landmarks that Chicago has to offer. First stop, Cloud Gate, better known to some as the “bean”.
We really loved being in the hustle and bustle of it all and while we were here at the “bean”, a couple got engaged which was pretty cool.
We walked around Millennium Park for a awhile, which is a huge park but a very beautiful one, before we decided that we were going to find some food. Now this meal was planned the instant we decided to go to Chicago, and that was supper at Giordano’s. Words can not describe this amazing pizza. Super cheesy, saucy, gooey and just all around amazing. Really words and pictures can’t do it justice which is good because at this point both of our phones died so we couldn’t get a picture. We did get a picture of the inside of the restaurant before they died though lol.
After stuffing ourselves with delicious pizza we started our walk back to our hotel. Although neither one of us wanted this amazing night to end we were very tired from all the travel and walking we had done. So back to the hotel for drinks at the bar then off to our awesome beds were we very quickly fell asleep, dreaming of the adventures we would have the next day…
The Bears: http://www.chicagobears.com/
Wrigley Field: http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/chc/ballpark/
Jimmy’s Red Hots: http://www.jimmysredhots.com/
Chicago Music Exchange: http://www.chicagomusicexchange.com/
The United Center: http://www.unitedcenter.com/
^ We booked our hotel using a Priceline Express Deal.
The Hyatt Centric: http://theloopchicago.centric.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html
Cloud Gate: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_Gate
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