Recently my girlfriend and I made a trip to Chicago. Basically it was a Chicago in a day trip starting downtown and culminating at the friendly confines of Wrigley Field to watch the Cubs play (a can’t miss). So we started at Sears Tower, the tallest building in the US. Now a normal tourist would pay to go to the top of the tower, usually about $10 bucks a person, but I knew better. More on that later
Next we made our way over to Millennium Park, with great botanical gardens and the Buckingham Fountain as seen from such shows as “Married with Children” . I live to see things like the fountain from married with children!
Moving on from the Park there are a few directions to go. You can get back on the street, go to the museums or walk around on the coast of lake Michigan. Much of Chicago’s coast is park thanks in most part to Montgomery Ward who pushed a law prohibiting building on the lake.
I chose Michigan Avenue. Keep going down Michigan Avenue and you are in shopping heaven. The “Miracle Mile” boasts some of the greatest shopping anywhere. From Marshall Fields to Burberry, and Niketown, there is certainly something for everyone, but don’t miss out on the architecture. Along the way you will see the Wrigley Building. Look closer at the Wrigley building and you will see that they built in pieces form places all around the world into it. Pieces from the Taj Majal, London Bridges just to name a couple endear the outer part of the building. Chicago is full of hidden treasures like this. Right near the Wrigley building you can take an architecture tour and learn more about the buildings that line the street and just as interesting, th people who built and inhabited them.
This is a great time to take a little break and appreciate the city. Lucky us we are at the Hancock Building, a similar looking building to the sears Tower but right in the magnificent mile. Go to the top of the 95th floor of the Hancock and you can experience the best view of Chicago and the reason I didn’t go to the top of the Sears Tower. At the top of the Hancock you can pay about $8 for a beer and enjoy the views for free instead of the $10-$12 it costs to get to the top of the Sears.
By then I am a little tired so its time to head to Wrigley for some pregame food. There is no parking lot around Wrigley Field. It is literally built in the middle of the neighborhood. Restaurant and bars line the streets and on game day, so do the people that make Chicago special.
What a great trip and best of all - Cubs win!