I got lost on the loop the first day... I got oriented pretty quickly after that!
View of the city and my first view of Lake Michigan from the Willis/Sears tower at sunset!
So many huge buildings!!!! I'm used to seeing mountains and ocean in Hawaii, and I was amazed at how much like an ocean Lake Michigan seemed!
The famous Chicago Theater! The Oriental was playing "The Book of Mormon" and I was very tempted to ditch preparing for my conference presentation to catch a show!
The Hilton Palmer: It was suuuuuper nice! I'm glad my work was paying though, because usually I stay in YMCA's and hostels!
Outside the Art Institute of Chicago... I wish I had had more time there!
At least I got to see Georges Seurat's A Sunday Afternoon, I felt like Ferris Beuller and it was my day off!
The Bean! It was sooo shiny!
You guys can probably tell from my travel posts that I always try to go to museums. I spent a good half-day at the Field Museum... and I got to see Sue!
My favorite room at the Field Museum!
Shedd Aquarium... you guys know I love aquariums too :)
They had belugas! I saw a baby one too, but they were swimming and swimming so it was hard to get a picture on my phone! Fun fact that I learned at the aquarium: baby belugas are gray to match their mom's shadow. When they get bigger/ older they turn white!
On the way back from the Museum and Aquarium I got caught in a rainstorm... Luckily it wasn't too cold; it did make Chicago deserted though! I was all by myself for about 20 minutes!
You can't go to Chicago without eating the food! This is a personal pizza from Giordano's (I carried it sideways, so it smooshed). I also ate one from Lou Malnati's... both were fantastic and oh soooo cheeeeeesy!
A Chicago dog! I wish I had known that Max's was right behind my hotel; this dog, fries and a drink only cost me $6. I would have eaten hot dogs the entire time, because it was cheap and DELICIOUS!
I didn't do much shopping, but I consider what I got to be the best souvenir ever! This machine makes you a plastic toy... they had one at the Willis/ Sear's Tower that made an Abraham Lincoln, but I was too embarrassed to get one (plus, what would I do with a mini Abe Lincoln?). But then at the Field Museum you could make DINOSAUR-shaped ones for just $2.00...