This was my first time in Chicago, and it was sooo amazing! We were only there for 2 full days, but it was enough to get a taste of what the city has to offer.
It reminded me of D.C. and New York in one~ the city was clean like D.C., had an immaculate skyline that runs all the way to the water like New York, and has a mix of colonial and urban architecture… definitely a city that captured my heart.
I flew from DCA to O’hare on a 6:30am flight, and arrived shortly after 8am. O’hare is a bit far from the city (about 45 minutes with traffic), and the Uber was v expensive, (about $50 USD). As an alternative you can take the Metro, it’ll just take a bit longer, but if you’re down for the ride, I’m sure it’s a fun trip 🙂
We stayed with one of our couple-friends which was really nice because they lived close to the city and we didn’t have to worry about finding accommodations (Sorry I couldn’t be much help with hotel recommendations). But just from being downtown, almost all of the hotels have amazing views of the city and is close to lots of things to do.
Our first stop was Millennium Park straight from the airport. This was one of the cleanest and most beautiful parks I’ve ever seen. There were lots of plants and greenery, cute private little spots for people to sit and enjoy each other, and of course the famous bean.
After our visit to Millennium Park, we had walked around the city more, just exploring area by area.
And had breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien.
The next day, we went to the Marisol, a museum, which had a really cool art exhibit called “The Octopus Eats it’s own..” an exhibit by Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami who also designed Kanye’ Graduation album cover (I was so excited to go because of this).
And literally the next morning we left 🙂
Hope you got some good context of why you should add Chicago to your travels list!