Big slices of pizza, bigger buildings, and the biggest city captured my heart last summer. I spent one week in the windy city, and I never would’ve guessed I would end up liking Chicago as much as I did. It’s one of the biggest cities I’ve ever been to, and the sights, attractions, and food are unbelievable.
When we drove into Chicago, I could not stop staring outside of the window. I was in awe at how the buildings really did seem as though they were reaching for the sky. It was so intriguing to watch everyone walking the streets of a city so full of culture and art. You could tell that everyone there made up a piece of the puzzle that is Chicago.
Trust me on one thing, pictures say a lot, but you truly can’t comprehend the city until you have the wind messing up your hair, as you’re looking up at immense skyscrapers, and smelling Chicago-style pizza.
As soon as we officially stepped foot into Chicago, we went to the Skydeck. The Skydeck is 1,353 feet in the air. It’s the second tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. When I say it’s tall, it’s really really tall.
When you first get there, and you look up at the building it’s unbelievable that you could ever be so high up in the sky. After waiting in the line, riding the elevator with your ears popping the entire way up, you’ll find that the view will leave you speechless. All of those super tall buildings I was talking about, well suddenly you’re looking at the tops of them. It’s a surreal experience you won’t ever forget.
At the top is what they call the Ledge. It’s 4.3 feet that reaches out of the side of the skyscraper on the 103th floor. When you step out onto the Ledge, the clear bottom and sides allow you to see the city in a way you can’t anywhere else. I loved how this was the first thing we did because we were able to really see how vast and amazing the city of Chicago is.
The sights from above didn’t end there. On the same day we visited Chicago’s Navy Pier. At the pier, there was delicious food, exciting shopping, and entertainment everywhere you look. I loved going to the Pier because it was surrounded by the lake, which made for amazing sights.
As a group, we decided on riding the ferris wheel on the pier and while the price seemed high, the moment was well worth it. In the ferris wheel, you could see Chicago buildings streching for the sky and Lake Michigan going on for what looked like forever.
If you’re looking for a little fun and excitement the Navy Pier is perfect. We were only able to spend an hour there, but we could’ve spent the entire day. While we were there time flew, and once we left we wished we could spend a few more minutes soaking it all in.
One thing that I really loved about the windy city is that the arts were everywhere. No matter where you looked there would be statues, paintings, or music. I loved being immersed into the arts. While it may seem simple, it really did make the city come alive in a way many places don’t. We were even able to go into a studio where a women played and sang unbelievable music for us. It was so interesting to be able to hear her story of why and how she ended up in Chicago.
The most amazing memories happend in the streets of Chicago during those seven days, but above all riding in a horse carriage was my favorite. We were able to take a ride in a horse and carriage all around the city. Talk about a dream come true. It was such an unbelievable memory that we’ll all hold onto forever.
Around the city, these horses walked the streets as we looked up at the skyscrapers with smiles on our face. I can’t imagine a better place to take in the city and see it in a different light. If you have never ridden in a horse and carriage I highly recommend it.
For a few minutes, we were riding like royalty, as kings and queens of a city that didn’t even know our names.
While I could go on and on about the windy city with the breaktaking buildings, piled on pizza, zebras and zoos, or amazing art, these were the moments of Chicago that impacted me with memories for life.