Travel: Chicago, Part 3

After surviving the sky ledge, we hit up Chick-fil-A for lunch & then did some site-seeing until our architectural river cruise on the Chicago's First Lady.

time, clock


The Berghoff


Street views

site-seeing in Chicago
Chicago Architecture


Chicago Art

Chicago Art

We did not pre-purchase tickets for our cruise, but for those considering this cruise, it might be a good idea to do so.  Our hotel concierge was able to get us tickets to what we were told was a “sold out” tour, so that made us feel special, anyways :)

The cruise itself is highly recommended & well worth the $40. The 90 minute cruise was filled with history, not only about the sky scrapers that line the river, but also about Chicago & we learned how to differentiate between architectural styles.  Also, the river cruise is great way to see the city!

Chicago River Cruise

Chicago Architecture; Chicago River Cruise

Chicago Tribune
Chicago River Cruise

Chicago Civic Opera Building

Chicago River Cruise sites

We knew we couldn't leave Chicago without authentic deep dish pizza, so after a recommendation given to us by our waiter at RPM the night before, we headed to Gino’s East.  We did not have reservations, so we were a bit concerned about the wait times, but again, our lovely hotel concierge got us priority seating!  Upon arrival at Gino’s, we walked by the line outside & got seated right away!

Gino's Pizzeria

Gino's has such a cool atmosphere - a must visit if you're in Chicago!

Mom & Becky at Ginos

Gino's deep dish pizza


After we chowed down until our hearts were content, we caught a cab & high-tailed it down to Navy Pier to ride the Ferris Wheel. 

Chicago Street Views

It wasn't running when we were there the day before, due to the weather, so we were desperate to get a ride before we left (and we heard a rumor that it’s going to be taken down soon – if that’s actually true or not, I have no idea).  Just as we were starting our upswing, a beautiful fireworks display started.  You guys – it was magical!!

Chicago's Navy Pier at night

Picture this – it’s night time – you have the Chicago skyline on your right, and on your left, a lovely fireworks show over Lake Michigan.  It was the perfect finale to close our weekend in Chicago.

Chicago skyline at night from Navy Pier

Chicago's Navy Pier Ferris Wheel

We ended the evening at Buckingham Fountain.  We went for the light & music show but since they had an event going on at Grant Park, there was no show.  Oh well, you can’t win them all!

Chicago's Buckingham Fountain

We had such a lovely girl's weekend in Chicago; I hope I've inspired you to spend some time in windy city.  You won't regret it!

Read about Day 1, here.
Read about Day 2 {part 1} here

1 comment:

  1. I've always wanted to go to Chicago but to be honest never really knew where to start in terms of trip planning or what to do, so this was an interesting read. Chicago looks beautiful! Deep Dish pizza sounds a little daunting though I have to admit.


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