Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Chicago Trip

Made it through the "bug" and I'm feeling a lot better today. Thank you for all of the birthday wishes you sent my way. You are all so very sweet!

I enjoyed spending the day with my family in Chicago. We took the train and then a water taxi to Michigan Avenue. I recommend the water taxi as it gives you chance to take in some of the architecture and it's only $2 a person.

The Magnificent Mile was pretty intense. The pace of things had me feeling kind of rushed. But we did have a fun time at the Lego Store and the Hershey Store and we even stopped in Tiffany's!
After shopping Michigan Avenue, we took a walk to a stamping store called Stamp On In. Let me just say that 20 "city blocks" are NOT the same as 20 blocks in good ole DeKalb. Sarah and I are pretty sure we walked about 5 miles! lol The store was a lot of fun though and I picked up few goodies and even got 10% off because it was my b-day.

From there, we took the bus (again, well worth it as it had AC) back toward Millenium Park. At the park, we took in the Cloud Gate which was amazing and Crown Fountain which we thought would be a nice treat for our feet, but Sarah and I ended up getting drenched by some very obnoxious children who were kicking water. Fortunately, the warm breeze had us dried off in no time.
By then we were all starving and landed at Giordano's Pizza for a very delish stuffed pepperoni pizza Chicago Style! By the time we ate and chatted about our day, it was nearly 8pm and we needed to head back to the train station.

We missed Buckingham Fountain due to the Taste of Chicago and decided to wait on the Sears Skydeck because it was such an overcast day. All in all it was a great day, but I have to admit "there's no place like home", especially when you realize your not a "city girl". ;)

Thanks for stopping by to share in my trip! Smiles~ Patti


stampmonkey said...

Glad you're feeling better, Patti. Sounds like you guys had a fun time this weekend! How blessed you are that your family wanted to do something like that to celebrate your birthday! Great pic of you and the kids. tfs

Juli Smith, SU! Demo said...

Very fun! Great pics too. Am always happy to see families having fun together! Means the parents are doing a great job! ;)

Love & friendship, Jules

Anonymous said...

Happy Belated Birthday, Patti!
I'm taking a quick painting break and went online. Looks like you had a fantastic day in Chicago. I have to admit that I've never been to Millennium Park....I'm very much a small town girl myself.


Amy said...

Oh I love these pictures. It sounds like you had a great time and it seems like everytime I go to the "serious" tower it is overcast. I am glad you had a great birthday and sorry you missed the fountain.


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