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Chicago, the Windy City

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Chicago, the Windy City

As a child growing up in Kansas, I had always heard Chicago, Illinois was an amazing city. Many of my friends were always there since it is about 8 hours from where I was from. As an adult, Chicago was high on my priority list. I finally made my dream come true over Labor Day weekend. I had the trip planned months ahead of time, there is just so much to do in Chicago. It was hard to choose between all the different options of things to do. Below, I will list my top 5 things to do while in Chicago.


1.) Navy Pier

The Navy Pier was always on the top of my list because of all it has to offer. The Navy Pier is just a short walk from downtown Chicago. There is also parking near Navy Pier, but it costs quite a bit for just a parking spot. My husband and I chose to park elsewhere and walk. When we got to the Navy Pier, I was surprised at how many people were there. Come to find out, the Great American Lobster Festival was going on. The Navy Pier had many different places to eat, shop and hangout out. There are also attractions along the pier that you could choose such as a cruise along the lake or river. Most of the attractions were around $40.00 per person and up. The view of the Chicago skyline was beautiful from here.


2.) Sky Deck Chicago

Sky Deck Chicago is located in the Willis tower, also known as the Sears Tower. The Sky Deck is 103 floors up in the building. My husband and I got there at 10 am, but we did not leave there until 1 pm due to everyone in line. If you would prefer to skip the lines, they offer a fast pass that you can pick a specific time to get there and go up. You still need to get there early since you have to go through security. You can also buy your tickets ahead of time and skip the long line to buy tickets in person. Once you buy the tickets they will have you watch a short film on the history of the tower. They then put you in another line to wait to get on the elevator to get to the top. Once you reach the top, you can walk around the top and see all the different views. To go to the sky box, you have to wait in another line but some are shorter than others. I truly enjoyed my time here, even if I had to stand in a few lines. Just make sure to get there earlier in the day.  


3.) Baseball game at Guaranteed Field

Chicago has two hometown baseball teams, the White Sox and the Cubs. I decided to surprise my husband with tickets to go to a baseball game. I decided to go with the White Sox because it was all around cheaper to get into the field. We sat about 20 rows behind the dug out for way less money than we would have for the Cubs. The White Sox played the Tampa Bay Rays the night we went. The field and stadium was well taken care of. The lines to go through security were fast and the stadium was easy to navigate.


4.) The Bean

The Bean is one of the most tourist filled attractions in Chicago, it is very well known. This attraction is also known as the Cloud Gate. This attraction is like a mirror because it shows everything in its view such as the sky, people and buildings. My husband and I got up very early to go to the Bean. We walked from a parking garage and got to the Bean around 8 am. Very few people were there, the sun was still setting so I was able to get some really neat shots. When we passed by the Bean later on there was almost five times more people there than when we were there. My biggest advice on the Bean is to get there early, it really is an amazing sight.


5.) Chicago Riverwalk

The Riverwalk runs in between many different buildings in downtown Chicago. This path is pedestrian only path, so no bicycles or mopeds allowed along the path. Along the Riverwalk there are boats that you can get on for a steep price to sail along the river and see the sights of Chicago from there. There were some people, but it was not crowded enough that I could not freely walk. I truly enjoyed the sights along the Riverwalk. The Riverwalk was not hard to get to or access the stairs to walk down to the path along the river.


As you can see, all of these places in Chicago are very fun to visit. Most of them are the typical touristy places, but I enjoyed each one of them. My husband and I parked in one place and walked to all of them, except the game. I walked over 17,000 steps each day I was on vacation. That is way more than I do at home. If you have never been to Chicago, I highly suggest it. Chicago has easily turned into one of my most favorite cities that I have visited so far.

Author Biography: 

My name is Ariel and I am the creator of Different Frame of Mind blog. My blog focuses on travels with little funds, medical and psychological disorders. I was born in Kansas, but currently reside in North Carolina. I am married and have two wonderful puppies. 

I am a bucket list traveler and have plenty to still check off. I have been on a cruise, traveled to 34 different states, swam with the dolphins and so much more since 2010. Join me on my journey on one of the social media links below. 









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15 thoughts on “Chicago, the Windy City

  1. Chicago is forever stuck in my mind as the setting for that broadway musical of the same name. Nice narratives.

    This post gave Chicago a new light. Ar least for me. And The Bean has always been a point of interest.


  2. wow never been to Chicago, will have to visit one day it looks like a gorgeous city with lots of great buildings ( I love photographing builds lol)!! Chicago Riverwalk looks great and I also loved your photos.

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  3. This post reminds me of the Windy City song

    I can imagine myself walking past the Bean or down Chicago Riverwalk bopping to the Windy City Song. Nice read.

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  4. One of my very dear friend has shifted to Chicago and she has been talking a lot about the place ever since she moved. Now I know why there are so many amazing places to visit. Loved the list you shared I will also share it with my friend see If she has any place missed 🙂

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  5. I have never been to Chicago but I’ve seen so many people with pictures of them next to the bean. I want to go see that. That Rive walk looks amazing. I would say it rivals and may even be better than the one in San Antonio, Texas. Congrats aon crossing things off your bucket list! What other places do you want to go?

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  6. I have seen Chicago riverwalk photos from some of my old friends and I’m so jealous, I need to go here, one on my buketlist, Ariel is so adorable. I’m sure she’s almost finishing her list of travels. cheers girl!

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    1. Thank you! You definitely should go! I’m definitely working on this long list of travels! 🙂 Cheers to you!


  7. Chicago is home for me so it is always exciting to see it from the perspective of a traveler. Also funny that we were likely at the same baseball game. I surprised my 8 year old with tickets as he is getting pretty serious about baseball.

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    1. That is awesome! We were at the game on September 2nd 🙂 That would be such a small world if we were at the same game.


    1. Another fellow traveler from KC! Awesome! You should definitely get to Chicago at some point. Thank you. 🙂


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