We had a very early start of 2am on Friday 19th, driving down to Heathrow. Eight hours later we were airborne and the first thing I have to show you is the amazing peaks & lakes of Greenland, as seen from the air...
We finally arrived in Chicago, and of course couldn't sleep (despite being up for 24 hours) so to stave off the jet lag, so off we went for a twilight walk around the city. It was great to be back in Chicago, it always feels like home when we're there, comfortable you know?
It hasn't changed much since the last time we were there in 2003, with one HUGE exception, the Sun Times building had gone and the Trump Tower is now towering in its place. Hubby LOVED this building (I can see why) so we have LOTS of photos of this building that's part hotel & part condos ...
On Saturday we stumbled across EATT Restaurant (6 W Hubbard) so went in for breakfast.
On Sunday we tried somewhere different - Eleven on Seven which had a great atmosphere, but the food wasn't quite as good as Eatt (not much for me who can't really eat too much meat at breakfast), but Hubby enjoyed his breakfast.
|Marina Towers are our favourite buildings|
|this infamous building appears to change colour - one day it can look green, the next blue|
|cute bridge 'tower'|
|can't believe the Sears Tower is now the Willis Tower - not the same|
|the amazingly huge Merchandise Mart|
|Wrigley Building from the riverside|
|the Aqua building looks wavy due to its shaped balconies|
It was their last cruise weekend of the season so we just made it; I'd definitely recommend it.
We spent Saturday afternoon having a wander round Millenium Park & getting some lovely soup (tortilla for me, yum) from The Corner Bakery.
The park looked beautiful with the Autumn colours
Saturday night was the Christmas light switch-on and parade. The sides of North Michagan Avenue were heaving and we managed a few glimpses of Mickey & Minnie on the first float, although it was impossible to get any decent photos.
After quite a few floats we decided to move towards the river to get ready for the fireworks which end the parade. Quite serendipitously we stumbled across a fabulous location with a great view of the bridge so we also got to see the rest of the parade better too.
The fireworks were fantastic & finished off the evening beautifully and left us feeling very Christmassy.
We did a bit of late night shopping which included the mandatory trip to Vosges (and some yummy chocolate bars - you just have to you know). Everywhere looked so pretty with all the lights on, & I was very impressed with how quickly the road was cleared, cleaned and back to full use as a road once it was all over.Sunday was a trip to Oak Park and the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio and tour of the neighbourhood - which I will fill you in on later. x