chicago trip 2011

"Hey honey...you wanna go to Chicago? To see The Walkmen and Fleet Foxes?" "Um. Yeah. I do."

That is literally how the conversation went between my husband and I when we hatched the plan to go to Chicago, a city neither of us had ever been to. We were going to be out of town for a concert in Jacksonville that we really wanted to see, and so, on a whim, Jared browsed their other tour dates and cities and, well, Chicago it was! We grabbed our little brothers and made a weekend of it and it was a blast. I am in love with this city.

We stayed at the fabulous Palmer House. This hotel is beyond beautiful and amazing. If you ever find yourself in Chi-town, it's a wonderful, clean place to stay and is right in the middle of everything. Just a short walk to the parks, the bean, the art museum, and Navy Pier. I loved it.

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On the left: Part of the Crown Fountain. I can't even begin to explain what this piece is all about. Check out some info here.

On the right: The Bean, also known as Cloud Gate, can be found at Millennium Park, down the block from our hotel. It's a huge piece of art, interactive, a highly reflective sculpture that beckons you to come closer...and touch it...and stand in awe with your mouth gaping open as you try to understand how they keep the bird poop off of it.

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Can't resist busting out the macro lens for some flower close-ups :)

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Buckingham Fountain. There are probably millions in change in that thing!

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That's right, folks. It's a bona-fide Chicago Grasshopper! He really was quite friendly.

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The Field Museum of Natural History is a stop you must make if you are ever in the windy city.

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I can't post vacation photos without including a few jump shots. When you travel with your little brothers, it's kind of unavoidable.

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We stopped in at the Cultivate Festival in Lincoln Park and caught a performance by the White Rabbits...

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...and on the way back met a very friendly dog. This dog is the coolest resident of Chicago. Look him up if you get out there.

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Snow White and the...two dwarves?

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The city at night. So beautiful!

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Some silliness at Navy Pier.

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On our last day, we stopped in at the iconic Willis Tower (or, as I like to call it, The Tower Formally Known As Sears).

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Chicago, I miss you. I hope to see  you again soon.