Chi- Town and The Bean

This weekend was my first trip to the lovely land of Illinois. I was excited to spend time in Chicago and though the majority of my weekend was pretty jam packed I was excited when I set aside some time to explore the city!

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Our hotel was located on Michigan Avenue, which turned out to be a perfect location. We were able to walk (and run!) to lots of fun sights around the city. 

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Chicago was just beautiful! All the buildings were so pretty, everything was really clean and it was easy to get everywhere.

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I loved all the architecture of all the different buildings! When I come back in October I definitely want to check out one of the architectural boat tour I have heard great things about!

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There are also lots of great pieces of art all around the city. I loved this wall that had water flowing down it. Kids played in it all day!

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At night this had graphics on it and had water spouting out of it!

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I was most excited to check out Millennium Park

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I was beyond excited to finally see The Bean!

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I just think this thing is so freaking cool. I loved looking at it, taking pictures of it and watching people interact with it!

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This is actually called Cloud Gate. It is made of stainless steel and it was inspired by liquid mercury and the sculpture’s surface reflects and distorts the city’s skyline.

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I had so much fun taking pictures here. Can you find me?

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Jess, Paige, Beck, Lindsay, Jen and I had fun taking pictures together

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I thought it was funny that thing group of guys were taking a cute picture together! 

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Everyone loves playing with The Bean!

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Have you ever seen The Bean?

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I can’t wait to come back and see it again in October!

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After playing with The Bean for a while we continued our way down Michigan Avenue and took in the sights.

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I love how the newspapers are set up like this. I think its so cute!

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We went into a few shops and checked out some fun stuff.

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We walked all the way down to the Riverwalk area.

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It was really pretty.

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A funny part of the afternoon was when we passed by the Garmin store and everyone stopped to take pictures!

Running bloggers love their Garmins!

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I loved this piece of art which is a old fridge covered in shoes which are growing small plants.

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Pretty cool, right?

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All in all it was a lovely afternoon after the Summit spent taking in the sights and checking out some of Chicago. I am so excited to come back in October with Fiancé and explore some more!

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7 Comments

  • Reply ~Mrs. Guru~ August 16, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    I love Chicago! It is one of my favorite places!

  • Reply Nichole August 16, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    I'm seriously ready to return. I actually learned a little something from your bean 101:)

    The photo of everyone on the bean, taking the photo, priceless!

  • Reply Becky August 16, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Multiple trips to The Bean and I never knew what it was really called! Learn something new everyday!

    Come to RI! I will show you lots of pretty things to take pictures of 🙂

  • Reply ladypurpl August 16, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Looks like a fun city – getting excited to tour in October too! That bean is outrageous!

  • Reply pickleypear.com August 16, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    The Bean was so fun!! Definitely try the Architecture boat tour – it's very cool, I did it for the first time this trip!

  • Reply theketchupdiaries.com August 16, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    I want that Welcome sign!!

  • Reply Lisa Paige August 16, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    I wish we had went to the bean! I went two years ago when we were in Chicago for my bday, but not this time, doh!

    It was SO GREAT to finally meet you! Although I totally felt like I already knew you from reading your lovely blog. Let's touch base later this week about scheduling a Philly bloggers din or something. Maybe a run too?

    I'm so tired from this weekend. Woo..off to bed. Talk soon Les!!

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