Tomorrow morning I head out for New York City. I am super excited about the trip! As I have prepared for this trip, I have been thinking about my first trip to a big city. My family took a trip several years ago to visit some family in Chicago. It was my first trip to a big city and the first time I flew on a plane!
I think that it’s safe to say that it was on this vacation that I fell in love with traveling. I was captivated by everything in the city – I couldn’t believe all the tall buildings and people everywhere. I guess that is what happens when you grow up in a small town! Haha.
We had a very busy trip trying to see and do everything. We visited during April, which turned out to be FREEZING! But even with the cold weather, we had a great time! (We have since been back to Chicago again, in July, which was MUCH warmer but also came with bigger crowds.)
We got to do basically everything while we were there. Here is what I would recommend:
- The Museum of Science and Industry: if you can only make it to one museum, go to this one. It is really interactive and great for kids. It’s a big museum, so plan on being there pretty much all day.
- Millennium Park: I loved this area. This park includes some of those “must-see” sites like Crown Fountain and the Bean!
- The Art Institute: Can you really go anywhere without going to at least one art museum? They have some really interesting collections here and it is definitely worth a visit. Plus once a week they have a free night to visit the museum!
- Architecture River Cruise: If you are there in a warmer month, this is a really nice tour, especially if you are interested in architecture. I loved touring the city from the Chicago River.
Other highlights of the trip included: The Natural History Museum, The Adler Planetarium, and Shedd Aquarium. We bought the Chicago CityPass when we went, which got us into all of the museums. We also went to the top of Sears Tower. That is one thing that I wouldn’t do again; it was cool to see the city from up so high, but I think there were many better options we could have spent our time on.
Another very important thing to do in Chicago is to eat Chicago-style pizza (in my opinion, the best pizza in the world). Two main Chicago-style pizzerias are Giordano’s and Lou Malnati’s. My recommendation is to try them both and see which one you like best! You just can’t go wrong when it comes to Chicago-style pizza!
No matter what your interests are, Chicago has a little something for everyone!