Art Institute of Chicago
Coming out, we hailed an Uber & off we went!Now, never having been to a fully dedicated Art Gallery before, I was quite skeptical about whether I would enjoy it. What if I couldn’t get what the artist was trying to convey? What if it was boring? All the questions were completely wiped out from my mind as we set foot inside the Art Institute of Chicago. It was one of the largest art museums in the USA and it humbled us with it’s size as well as it’s beauty! I am going to let the pictures speak for themselves!
Navy Pier is sheer excitement! You have boat tours, rides, shopping, food everything. It's a heaven for kids and some of us looking to unleash the child within. The boat tour throughout the city is a good deal mainly if you are short of time. In fall the Halloween decorations are a treat!
Boasting more than 4 million visitors a year from all over the world, the Millennium Park in Chicago is one of the must visit tourist attraction favored by both international and local tourists. It has some of the best gardens and play areas in the city which includes BP Footbridge, Cloud Gate, Lurie Garden and the Crown Fountain. Its ideal atmosphere and children loving environment makes it a must visit place in Chicago. The park also features The Grant Park Music Festival every year which is a musical concert series held for around a week and is known all around the United States.
Gleaming as one of the largest indoor aquariums in the world, the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago is one of the best man made wonders housing more than 8,000 species of aquatic animals like sea lions, dolphins and sea turtles making it one of the must visit places in Chicago. Also surrounding it is the famous Museum Campus Chicago, the Field Museum of Natural History and the Adler Planetarium. Online purchasing of tickets are available at http://www.sheddaquarium.org/.
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Chicago looked gorgeous from our balcony. Hyatt Regency has a fairly good bar, where there is a lot of space to move around and is not squishy. We just took our breakfast from here which was a buffet but had great amount of variety. The rooms have plush beds and numerous munching options. Bathrooms here are the best! If you want to spend some extra dollars spend them here.
Chicago O'Hare International Airport
Flew on NH12 from Narita to Chicago O'Hare (ORD). Flight was good as expected, and the night went past real quick with a comfortable sleep made possible by being extremely tired from staying up the previous night. However ORD is a horror of an airport to arrive as an international passenger. Immigration queue took 2 hours and the airport was dreary and lacking in facilities. Star Alliance lounge in ORD provided the bare necessities, and very limited food and drink. *TRAVEL TIP: try not to use ORD for a long layover or international entrance point to the USA, as an O&D passenger I think it works just fine*
One of the famous landmarks of the city of Chicago, the iconic Buckingham Fountain located in the center of the Grant Park is one of the largest water fountains in the world. The fountain is also decorated with festival lights during winter which makes it one of the best places to visit in Chicago. It measures over 280 feet in diameter and has a capacity of 1,500,000 U.S. gallons of water and the central jet is capable of pushing the water to a unbelievable height of 150 feet.
Chicago Union Station
We were up early the next day, all rearing to go. Our agenda for the day was really exciting! We had some heavy rain the previous day, and we wanted to make sure, we didn’t get caught up in it, if it came back. We stepped out of the house, well prepared – with an umbrella.
Near North Branch
Our first stop was the Chicago Library, which had been recently renovated. Along with the huge collection of books, it had several art pieces as well. One of them which stood out was the Vietnam Veterans Tag memorial. This was a light fixture formed from tags which had names of those killed in Vietnam. Haunting!