One thing we discovered right away during our trip to Chicago: it’s the perfect city for walking!
(*note: to see the route we took during this day of sightseeing, here’s the map)
The flat sidewalks are in good condition and often wide, and everywhere you turn, there seems to be something new and beautiful to see in the architecture of the buildings all around!
Our hotel was perfectly located, too – on the corner of Wacker and State, very near to many awesome sites.
From our hotel window we could see the famous Chicago theater:
A quick walk up State Street got us up close and personal:
Just “next door” was Macy’s (Marshall Field’s), all decked out for Christmas:
We then took the short walk down Randolph Street to Michigan Avenue, turned north and headed for The Magnificent Mile.
True, the Magnificent Mile is known for its upscale department stores and luxury retailers, but I was more enthralled with the buildings and architecture!
Also part of the Chicago Tribune Tower: the 136 fragments of important/historic places incorporated into the building of the tower:
We turned from Michigan Avenue onto Ontario, since my husband spied a Portillo’s on that street earlier in the day, and we were eager to try a Chicago dog.
But first, a few more randomly beautiful sites on and near Michigan:
After lunch, we took Clark Street across the Chicago River back to our hotel. (it had snowed that morning and was only about 30 degrees during our walk. you can tell we’re pretty cold!)
Considering I was quite sick during our weekend in Chicago, it’s amazing we were able to see as much as we did. We would have done a lot more walking if I had felt better, I’m sure.
I’ll post soon about two other big highlights of our visit: Navy Pier and the Willis (Sears) Tower.