Every time I hear the word “Chicago,” I think of that Frank Sinatra song called…um…Chicago…and I sing it in my head. Do you do that? Probably.
So, this year, my husband and I decided to hit up some of the best cities in the United States of America. Hence, our earlier trip to New York, New York and this 5th Anniversary trip to Chicago, land of the pizza.
In all of our combined world travels, neither of us had been to Chicago, which is really weird considering how much we both love PIZZA.
So, like all good tourists do, we bought a City Pass to Chicago and decided to go gung-ho for the sites.
We hit up the Willis Tour first where I did this very embarrassing dance for him.
It was our 5th Anniversary and I wanted him to feel special. You’re welcome!
K, so the Willis Tower is freaky. I mean…those glass boxes that make you feel like instadeath are freaky.
This is a picture of us in them.
But this is how it really went down…
GET ME OUTTA HERE!
Don’t try and act cool. If you’ve been, you know you basically peed your britches too.
After being responsible tourists and ugly dancing in the Willis Tower, we did the second thing tourists are supposed to do…we at PIZZA! We went to Giordano’s the first day and Lou Malnati’s the second day. My input on the great debate of which is better: Lou Malnati’s NO CONTEST. But, it’s not like Giordano’s is gross, so don’t get all worked up if you like Giordano’s better. My Chicago advice? Eat pizza for every meal.
That being said, the next day was our anniversary, and Brandon was cool and humored me and ate at Russian Tea Time with me. I love me some Russian food. nom nom nom. Then, we hit up the Chicago art institute and, sticking with the Russian theme of the day, basked in the window made by Marc Chagall.
There was also this cool interactive art exhibit by Helio Oiticica where we got to jump up and down on foam while watching weird movies, go through a color maze and drink some orange juice, walk on sand, and do all sorts of fun things. If I’m being honest, I am not super deep when it comes to modern sculpture, but I sure had fun. I think that’s what it was about, which was refreshing because so much of art comes from painful places. Sometimes you just want to jump up and down on foam and drink orange juice, you know?
Later that evening, my brother and sister-in-law met up with us and we had our romantic 5-year anniversary feast at…Portillos. Yep, that’s right. We had Chicago dawgs. Ha!
Isn’t that cute of us?
Then, we hit up the Bean.
Yes, this trip was full of dancing!
The next day, we hit up the Museum of Science and Industry where my rocket scientist nerd brother wanted to spend 900 hours doing all the nerd stuff while I got really hungry and cranky. Don’t get me wrong, I love nerdy science stuff, but for a limit of 4-5 hours with the promise of pizza promptly after. May I remember this forever before I commit to going to a science museum with a skinny person who is getting his Ph.D. in Rocket Science. He did explain how a rocket fuel thingy worked, though, so that was cool. Obviously, I got a lot out of it.
Then, we went to the Pier where there was lots of food and fun, and the next day, we hit up the aquarium.
Chicago is definitely charming, and PPPPPPPIIIIIIIZZZZAAAAAA!!!!