Chicago: The Windy City

Traveling has always been one of my favorite adventures ever since I was a little girl. I’ve never thought about blogging my travels, but having documentation where I can go back in a few years and remissness on all the beauty I once saw sounded like a fabulous idea after a friend recommended it. This is my first one, so bare with me.


June 6, 2016

Since we had a wedding in Grand Rapids, MI, to attend, my husband and I decided we would stop in Chicago for the night and explore the Windy City. We packed our bags, dropped off our puppy with my aunt, and headed on the road to Chicago (it’s about a 12 hour drive from Oklahoma City). We just got married in February, so this was our first road trip as a married couple. Taylor now knows I do not do well on road trips… There might have been some yelling. Not at him… Just at life in general because I was stuck in a car and couldn’t do anything for 14 hours. It was the struggle to say the least. But hey, now we are stronger because of it. 😉

We arrived in the Windy City around 6pm on June 6th and stayed at an Airbnb. If you do not know what that is…. GOOGLE IT. Best thing I have ever done! Seriously. Rewind a few days before our trip: I was researching hotels in the Chicago area for us to stay at for one night. We would have spent probably $150-$250 for a decent hotel. I remember my brother and sister-in-law bragging on this thing called “Airbnb,” and I decided to take a look into it. Basically people open up their homes/apartments/town houses, etc., and treat it as a hotel. But it’s WAY cheaper (we paid $95), and you get the comfort of a home instead of a hotel! The place we stayed was about 10 minutes from downtown Chicago, located in Midtown, and walking distance from numerous restaurants, shops, and local hang-out spots. We got to see the true area of Chicago (as some would say), and then called an Uber to take us downtown the next morning after a good night’s rest at our comfy Airbnb home.

June 7, 2016

For those of you who know me, you know breakfast is my absolute favorite–I want it to be morning 24/7. So, obviously we had to stop at a joint to get some good food and good coffee. We visited Yolk, stuffed our faces, then made our way to the Willis Tower, formally known as the Sear’s Tower. The Willis Tower is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, standing at a pinnacle height of 1,729 feet (108 floors), which is over double the size of the Devon Tower in OKC (that’s what I compare it to since I’m an Okie). So yeah… It’s pretty dang tall. Here’s the view from the top of the 103rd floor (all pictures taken on a Canon Rebel T5):

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At the lookout point of the 103rd floor, there is a “Skydeck,” which is pure glass. You can step out onto it and see straight down… You appear to be floating on top of Chicago in pictures (so awesome!).  Taylor had to overcome his fear of heights for this one…

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 Next stop: The Bean at Millennium Park! It’s about a 20 minute walk from the Willis Tower (we tried walking as much as we could so we didn’t have to pay for a taxi/Uber). Millennium Park is known for it’s sculptures, the Bean being one of them. Everyone gathers around what appears to be this huge Lima Bean, taking pictures, and having a grand time. Don’t ask me why it’s a bean… I have no idea. 😉 But, it’s pretty cool!

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 Final stop: the Navy Pier! It opened in 1916 and just celebrated it’s 100 year anniversary! Located on Lake Michigan, there’s anything from shopping, eating, and gazing out at the harbor watching the boats swim by. My personal favorite is Chicago’s deep-dish pizza–literally to die for. We visited Giordano’s and pretty much stuffed our faces with deliciousness in pizza form. The Navy Pier is a fantastic place to browse around, grab some food, and enjoy Chicago’s finest scenery. Here are a couple shots I took:

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Around 3pm, we said our goodbyes to this beautiful city and headed towards Grand Rapids, about another 3-hour drive. If you haven’t been to Chicago, I highly recommend going; it’s clean, not as crowded as NYC, and it’s overall a fabulous city! Stay in an Airbnb, go just to eat some deep-dish pizza, and your life will be complete. 🙂

Safe travels,

Raegan Thornhill

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