Hello everyone! After being on a blogging break for over a month, I am now back with some travel posts because I want to show you some of the beautiful places that I got to see this summer. If you follow me on Instagram (if not, then I don’t know what you’re doing with your life…just kidding) you might have seen some pictures from my trip to Chicago. I was there for about three weeks visiting my best friend and I literally had the most amazing time ever. Chicago is one of the best cities I have ever been to, so I that’s why today I am sharing with you my top 5 places to visit there. Also make sure to check out the video above to see more of that beautiful city!
1. Willis Tower
Willis Tower is the premier corporate office building in Chicago, home to more than 100 companies including prominent law, insurance, transportation and financial services. For a person who is usually scared of heights, I somehow managed to step outside the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. The glass balcony you see in the picture extends four feet outside the 103rd floor of Willis Tower, offering spectacular views spanning up to four states! This is the highest observation deck in the United States.
2. John Hancock Center
Located on the 94th floor of the historic John Hancock Center in the heart of downtown Chicago, 360 CHICAGO offers breathtaking views of the city and Lake Michigan from over 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile. The whole thing was even more spectacular because we got to experience it by night. The lights just made everything look so dreamy and beautiful. We also got to try a one-of-a-kind attraction up on the 94th floor. It is called TILT and it literally tilts visitors on the observation deck up to a 30° angle over Michigan Avenue.
3. Navy Pier
Another place that we got to see by night (and one of my favourites) was Navy Pier. We ended up going there more than once because there are so many things to do in the area. Navy Pier was opened as a shipping and recreational facility in 1916. It currently encompasses more than fifty acres of parks, gardens, shops, restaurants, family attractions and exhibition facilities and is the top leisure destination in the Midwest, drawing nearly nine million visitors annually. Throughout the summer visitors can also enjoy fireworks shows on Wednesdays and Saturdays. I got to see one of the fireworks show and it was amazing…but not as amazing as the churro sundae (a churro with ice-cream basically) that I had at one of the restaurants!
4. The Bean
What do you guys think this big shiny thing is? My friend actually told me that some people say it’s a cloud, but I still think it looks like a giant bean. The sculpture is made of 168 highly polished stainless steel plates – giving the appearance of liquid mercury. Up close, the highly reflective nature of the sculpture captures the beautiful skyline of Chicago. This is the perfect place to take photos because they will reflect both yourself and the city skyline, providing a truly unique vacation picture.
5. Chicago Botanic Garden
This is probably the most beautiful botanic garden I have ever seen in my life and it is so big that you could get lost without the map that you get at the entry (which is free by the way). The Chicago Botanic Garden opened more than 40 years ago as a beautiful place to visit, and it has matured into one of the world’s great living museums and conservation science centers. Throughout its existence, the Chicago Botanic Garden has developed gardens and educational facilities. Therefore, people of all ages, interests, and abilities participate in programs, take classes, and stroll the grounds year-round.
On a serious note…I would move to Chicago tomorrow if I had the opportunity. I hope you guys enjoyed my first travel post and let me know in the comments if you would ever like to visit this city!