Oh Chicago, how you have won my heart.  From your rooftop gardens, to your charming personality, you are everything a perpetual traveler needs for a fresh vacation.

We blew into the Windy City on a Wednesday afternoon with the singular goal to explore the city’s science museums.

After settling into our Embassy Suites on North Columbus Drive, we made our way to the Magnificent Mile two blocks over in search of Millennium Park and the Cloud Gate sculpture.  Chicago is a bustling city with tourist and locals abounding from every direction.

First we hit up the candy bar where they offered us a delectable sample of anything of our choosing.  Chocolate covered almonds anybody? Or maybe the pizza flavored chocolate is more your style?  Either way you were destined to find something of your liking in this candy shop.  The best part were the free samples if you asked an attendant for help.

 

Then we made our way down to Garrett’s Popcorn for a sample of their incredible flavors.  More free samples!  By this point we were only a short skip to Millennium Park.

Along our journey were several painted dogs that kept the children well entertained?  They loved the walk after our drive and I felt the sidewalks and people were a safe crowd to give everyone a safe outing.  Gotta love a wide sidewalk.

Nature abounds in this city paradise.  There seems to be a garden, planter, or tree in every usable space in the city.

And the food….. it was incredible.  Everywhere… and I mean everywhere we ate was delicious.  That is a hard honor to earn for any trip I take.  From Vegan donuts at Stan’s Bakery, the Café at Adler Planetarium, deep dish pizza from Gino’s East, and everything in between we all pushed back from the table satisfied.

 

One thing that always makes my heart sing is a good vegan dish.  I have a love affair with vegetables. Chicago isn’t hiding its vegetables on the side but slaps them out front for a culinary treat.  Vegetables not your thing? It’s ok… they have pizza and hot dogs that will knock your socks off.  While we didn’t partake of any fine dining this tour, there is plenty of that to go around as well.

Chicago…. you delivered beyond my wildest expectations.

Shopping, theater, museums, architecture, and cuisine.  What more can a modern day voyager ask for when exploring.

Chicago…. I think I am in love.

 

With Love and Coffee,

Shanda

 

This trip started with more stops than just Chicago. Follow along to see where else we adventured on our way.


Day 1

We drove to Lexington and spent the night in the historic Campbell House, Curio Collection Hotel by Hilton.  This was a perfect stop over for us since we are nuts about all things horses.

The Campbell House Kentucky


Day 2

We stopped by a Bluegrass International dealer to tour a Renegade RV.  It’s a Super C RV that makes us drool with envy.  This was our first experience to test drive one and see the interior.  See a salesman at Bluegrass if you are ready to make this upgrade.  We definitely see one of these Super C RVs  in our future.

Our next stop was in South Bend Indiana at the Crooked Ewe Brewery and Ale house. The food was delicious and a nice place to grab a good meal. At this point, our drive North was over for the day.   We bedded down in a local Hampton Inn for one night.

The Crooked Ewe Brewery Ale House


Day 3

Our plan for the day was a tour of the Renegade RV factory in Bristol, Indiana.  We figured if we were going to spend this amount of money on a Super C RV we might as well see if we liked the way they were built.  It was awesome.  I absolutely love this product.

We caught lunch at a local diner, Evans Sidewalk Cafe.  I love Midwest cuisine.

After lunch, we had an unexpected stop at the RV and Motorhome Hall of Fame for a little reconnaissance on the history of RV-ing.  Well worth the stop if you are in the area.

rv/mh hall of fame

We finished the drive into Chicago that afternoon. After settling into our hotel, The Embassy Suites Chicago Magnificent Mile Downtown Chicago, we walked over to the Miracle Mile and up to Millennial Park to the bean statue.  A quick stop at Stan’s Donuts for some vegan treats and then we retreated for some much needed rest in the room.  I loved this hotel location.  It was walking distance to many things AND there was a Whole Foods right across the street for snacks.


Day 4

Our original plan was to spend the morning at Adler Planetarium and then the afternoon at the Field Museum.  But this awesome museum was an all-day affair.  We ordered Gino’s East Pizza delivery for dinner.  So good!

Adler Planetarium Chicago


Day 5

The Field Museum was amazing.  On par with the Natural History Museum in New York.  We were there at opening and they were closing the doors when we walked out.  So many cool things in one place.

The Field Museum Chicago


Day 6

The Museum of Science and Industry was killer.  I still cannot wrap my head around all the amazing things this museum has to offer.  The kids were pooped after walking so much for 3 days.  One stop for diner at Labriola and this Vacation was in the books.

 


Day 7

We drove ourselves back home full of wonder at what Chicago offered us.

Shanda Smith
A Wife, Mother, horseback riding, RV-ing, travel enthusiast always looking for the next adventure. As the Matriarch of a homeschooling family of four we keep our suitcases packed and our atlas handy. Join us on our adventures. With Love and Coffee, Shanda

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