Since I wrote about what we ate in Chicago on Monday, I thought I should probably also tell you about what we did. We had A LOT of fun in Chicago that had nothing to do with food. Chicago is such a cool city—there are so many things to see and do, and we definitely couldn’t fit everything in on such a quick trip. We’d love to go back soon (preferably when it’s a little warmer!). Here are some of the best things we did in Chicago:
1. Exploring the Art Institute of Chicago: This was recommended to us over and over again, and I have to admit that it was pretty awesome. The art institute is HUGE and completely overwhelming, but there are some really beautiful pieces housed there. I think it is completely worth the price of admission. However, if I did it again, I would give myself more time and do some research to figure out what I wanted to see the most. You just can’t see everything (unless you’re willing to give up an entire day to do it), and I definitely preferred the more contemporary pieces. Very cool experience. 2. Cocktails at The Signature Lounge: The Signature Lounge is on the 96th floor of the John Hancock building. You can grab a seat by the floor-to-ceiling windows and take in a beautiful view of Chicago while you sip on a fancy (and overpriced) cocktail. I loved it! You can go to one of the observation deck at the John Hancock building or Sears Tower and pay $30+, or you can do basically the same thing at The Signature Lounge for a third of the price (and it includes a drink!). Also, definitely stop by the ladies’ room—there are some great views in there, too! I would recommend getting there a little before 5. We got there at 4:45 and got great seats, but it got really crowded soon after we sat down. It would also be really pretty at night when the city is all lit up! 3. Book of Mormon at the Bank of America Theater: We wanted to see a show while we were there, and we went to this one with our friend Aislinn and her brother. It was FANTASTIC! If you’ve never seen this musical, I highly recommend it. It is absolutely hilarious, and if you take it for what it is—a satire—then I don’t think it’s that offensive. We got the cheap seats (the kind where you have to check a box that indicates you understand you may have an obstructed view), but were able to move over to where there were some empty seats and had a great view. Definitely check out what shows are in town while you’re there, and plan a night out! 4. Millenium Park and Wrigleyville. We spent our last day in Chicago walking around and exploring the city. We went to Millennium Park (where a lot of the really famous sculptures are located), walked along the river, and ended up in Wrigleyville to check out the Cubs stadium. On a warmer day we would have liked to do some of the other outdoor activities, like Navy Pier and the Lincoln Park zoo, but it was just too cold. For the guys: While I was in my conference, Bryan went to a White Sox game and LOVED it (the Cubs were away that week). He has now officially declared himself a White Sox fan, and highly recommends going to a game and getting a Chicago-style hotdog while you’re there. His other favorite thing was a bar called Headquarters. It had a ton of video games that were completely free as long as you bought a drink (think old school: Ninja Turtles, Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Pinball, etc.). I’m pretty sure he could have spent an entire day there. And I’ll admit I had fun, too!