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Thursday, November 19, 2009


We drove to Illinois on Friday night with our friends Shaun & Amber and woke up bright and early Saturday morning to visit the tallest building in America (and the tallest structure in the world!).
In case you didn't know, that would be the Sears/Willis Tower in downtown Chi-town.
At 1,730 feet, it towers above the Chicago skyline and many other iconic buildings like the Empire State Building & Eiffel Tower. Guests visit the Skydeck, located on the 103rd floor. It takes just 60 seconds for the elevator to make it from the lowest level to the Skydeck. Can you imagine taking the stairs?
The coolest part--by far--of the Skydeck is the glass ledge that you can walk out on. Just don't look down, right?
After playing on the glass, we spent some time enjoying the view from every direction.
We lucked out with GORGEOUS weather in November and could see pretty far in the distance. On a clear day in the summer, visitors can see 4 different states from the tower.
Once we were back on the ground, we began a long day of walking through the city by heading over to the popular Millennium Park.
The park, which is actually a part of Grant Park, is home to the Pritzker Pavilion which hosts music festivals and concerts throughout the year.
Our favorite part of Millennium Park (and possibly Chicago?) was the Cloud Gate, better known as The Bean. In its reflection, you can see the entire Chicago skyline.
Of course, the skyline isn't the only reflection you see.
In fact, you can quite feasibly spend hours taking pictures of your reflections on the inside.

It took awhile to tear our easily-entertained selves from The Bean, but eventually we succeeded and found ourselves walking along Michigan Avenue toward the Magnificent Mile.

And the rest is to be continued!


  1. oh wow! So lucky you got to go out on the skydeck! Does it cost $$ to do that or do you have to wait in a line bc its free? well, I guess either way there might be a line. That bean thing is SUPER COOL! That'd be so fun to take pictures with/at.

  2. I can't believe how much you get to travel together! What an exciting experience to have together!

  3. Oh my goodness I LOVE Chicago!! I went for choir tour a couple years ago and I can't wait to go back someday. I'm incredibly jealous you had such perfect weather for the view from the skyscraper-- I actually went up in a different one but it was March so the fog made it so we couldn't see much... such a bummer! You look super cute,though! You visit so many fun places, it's amazing!

  4. Isn't Chicago AMAZING!?!?! We went there in July and I fell in love. I would move there in a heart beat.

  5. It has been years since I went thru Chicago and it has really changed. Great Pics!


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