We sold our camper earlier this year in order to go on larger trips and expand our traveling territory. Our first stop, Chicago.
I lived there for a short period of time, right after I graduated from United Airlines flight attendant training in 1997. I forgot how much I missed it, what a fun trip for us, the girls had a blast.
- Took the "L" to the Skydeck at Willis Tower
- Rainforest Cafe for lunch
- Jay Pritzker Pavilion to see and hear the free orchestra music
- The Cloud Gate (aka the Bean)
- The Crown Fountain, the kids played in the water (it's okay, it's allowed)
- Buckingham Fountain, it has hourly light and water shows
- Shedd's Aquarium
- Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
- Navy Pier (caught the Cirque Shanghai show)
- Kiddos wanted to go back to the Crown Fountain and play
- Drove home
If I were to offer tips for those of you who may be planning a trip there, buy tickets ahead of time. Also, those who bought the Fast Pass, they cruised to the head of the line each time.
Try to eat a little earlier, say 4:30-5pm, just before the crowds. And for Navy Pier, it was a mad house, maybe because it was Saturday night and there were fireworks but next time I'd shoot for a weekday.
Also, the Bean and the Crown fountain are very close, next time (I was prepared the second day) I'd have the kids wear their bathing suit and there's a public restroom on the level just below the Bean where they can change into dry clothes.
Shedd's Aquarium has an awesome Stingray touch exhibit, I highly recommend it. The 4-D movie, on the other hand, didn't compare to the Bug's Life 4-D at Disney. So if that's what you'd expect you may be disappointed.
The cheapest mode of transportation would be the bus. We were too intimidated to try it though and ended up paying a fortune for taxi's.
We stayed at the Grant Park Best Western on S. Michigan. It was the cheapest around with a parking structure and it was one of the few that had a pool (on a roof, which the kids thought was cool).