We got into town on Monday night, and we headed northwest of downtown to spend a few days closer to Hubby's brother and best friend. We took the route through downtown, though, and the girls were mesmerized to see the city at night. They're very rarely out after dark, anyway, and they'd never seen such tall buildings with all the lights. They loved driving past the airport, too, and Baby A, in particular, was mesmerized that the L kept appearing and disappearing again as it went over and under ground.
On Wednesday morning, we headed toward the city to spend the day. Our first stop was a visit to Lake Michigan, and to see the park where Daddy used to play soccer. It was pretty chilly there, especially out of the sun, in the breeze, and super-especially by the lake!
After the lake, we went to Lincoln Park zoo. Here are the girls, preparing to go in...
And outside, after our visit...
For lunch, we drove to the area where Daddy used to live, to eat at a Serbian restaurant. By that time, the sun had come out a bit, and it was a beautiful little walk through Hubby's old neighborhood to the restaurant.
On Thursday morning, we drove into the city again to check into our downtown hotel, just across the street from Grant Park. The girls were taken with the parking garage. They thought it was something pretty special to turn our keys over to the attendant and watch someone else drive away! And they were such good little troopers, wheeling their suitcases to the hotel.
On the walk to lunch, Baby A was tickled to see her TRAIN!
And while we waited for that famous Chicago-style deep dish, we got to watch the US-Germany game. It was such a fun atmosphere!
(No matter where we are, sights like these always melt my heart!)
After lunch we headed to Millennium Park. The girls loved all the sculptures!
And then we spied the famous BEAN!
|Asked a lady to take our picture...and you can see her reflection in front of us. HA!|
|The widest angle selfie one could imagine!|
|The dizzying view from inside! You can spot A's bright peach jacket (several times over) if you look carefully!|
|Love this amphitheater!!!|
|One of my favorite pics!|
And then we began our trek to Navy Pier. The fog here, in contrast to the bright blue skies -- literally only a block or so away at Millennium Park -- was pretty crazy.
|Love this pic, too!|
|From the ground up!|
|The view from the top!|
After the ride...all smiles!
Then we were all ready for some ICE CREAM. It was a really (really!) long walk to Navy Pier, and we were in need of some refreshment!
|Despite the contemplative face, she loved it.|
|Thumbs up from B, and all fingers up (even better!) from A!|
|A cool mosaic wall...|
|A gigantic fountain...|
The view along the river was so pretty!
And this is one of the more bizarre sights I've seen...the shadow of the Trump tower against the fog. I wasn't shaking when I took this photo...that's really the way it looked!!!
After a pit stop back at the hotel, we took a walk through Grant Park, and spent a little more time lakeside.
At last we headed to dinner, to a little restaurant we kept passing, a block from our hotel. I had a Chicago-style beef sandwich, Hubby had a gyro, and the girls were pretty incredulous when I asked if they wanted a Chicago-style hotdog. (We very rarely eat hot dogs, and I think they didn't know they existed in a restaurant!)
|My A scarfed down every last bit!|
Here are the girls on Friday morning, each in their own QUEEN-SIZE bed, next door to our enormous CALIFORNIA KING-SIZE bed. WOW!!!
|Good morning! Here comes the sun!!!|