For our first big trip with toddler, we decided to head to the Windy City! The flight seemed a tolerable length (4 hours) and it has great public transit (we didn’t want to bring a carseat with us), not to mention the deep dish! We also have some friends from Chicago who were more than willing to make a list of all the must-sees and must-eats, making it less daunting to try and plan.
We stayed in Chicago for 4 days and 3 nights so it was important to us to stay somewhere central to many of the city’s attractions, but also close to public transit in case we wanted to stray to a different area for a day. We also needed to have a suite with a proper door that separates the bedroom from the living area so that we could stay awake after putting Ro to bed. These are essential for us, though she ended up in our bed after 2 am each night anyway. One of the best bargains is the Embassy Suites. Not only do they have completely separate living areas, they also provide a crib (for free!), offer nightly guest reception aka happy hour (Ro ate their alfredo pasta for dinner one night and loved it!), free wifi for Honors members, and a great AAA discount. We stayed at this one:
Our first full day we decided to hit up none other than Chicago’s Millennium Park. It was so much fun! First of all, it had the most epic splash pad I’ve ever seen. Not only was the walk on water part huge! But the water falls were gigantic, and of course the city skyline and tree top backdrop was so picturesque.
See that wall–with the face? That’s Crown Fountain (btw that face changes to different faces of the people of Chicago and is a work of public art) every once in a while the mouth with spew water and the top of the wall would be an enormous waterfall. That’s what all the kids were waiting for. After Ro was thoroughly drenched, we headed to the Bean.
The Bean is more formally known as Cloud Gate, and is basically a great way to spend forever taking pictures. All the kids seemed to love finding their reflections and looking at their distorted selves.
On our way back, we stumbled upon Maggie Daley Park. Which was THE most amazing park for kids. If you ever find yourself in Chicago with a kid, definitely spend an afternoon here. If we had known about it, we would have spent more time here, but by the time we made it Ro was a tired mess. There were so many imaginative spaces and splash pads for the little ones. It made me wonder why a great city like LA doesn’t have a park that compares to this one for littles.
That was basically our first day in Chicago, of course we ate pizza for dinner, but that post demands it’s own title. More to come…