Chicago! Walking around downtown Chicago is so much fun as there is so much to see. We spent 24 hours in the Windy City visiting Steve’s crew and had a great time just wandering around and enjoying the busy city life. Being a small town girl, I found Chicago to be exciting!!
We arrived in Chicago on a Saturday afternoon. The traffic was not much fun, but better than we thought it would be. Seeing the skyline on the drive in is a rush!
The Hotel Felix
We reserved a room at The Hotel Felix. We found this hotel to be beyond our expectations. The pictures on the website do not do it justice. The room was comfy and staff were attentive. The lobby was fun and inviting. We even had a great city view from our room. The best part is we were within walking distance of everywhere we wanted to go!
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Downtown Chicago Neighborhoods
After checking in and dropping off our bags we walked to Steve son’s apartment passing by lovely tree-lined townhomes with lots of character. I had no idea there were such cute neighborhoods in this area.
After checking out their new place, we followed them to the Lakefront Trail and enjoyed walking along the Lake Michigan Shore. So beautiful! Perfect place for a hot day!
After enjoying the Lakefront Trail we headed back to Hotel Felix to get ready for dinner. We were dining with his family and friends.
Topo Gigio Italian Ristorante
Dinner was in old town of downtown Chicago, at the award winning Topo Gigio, a fine dining Italian Restaurant Ristorante. Topo Gigio did not disappoint! The food and service were beyond amazing. I had Spaghetti and Meatballs and Steve enjoyed Shrimp Linguini. The group also enjoyed a delicious Malbec. I cannot remember the last time I had such wonderful Italian food. You can check out this link for more information. https://www.topogigiochicago.com
Jeni’s Ice Cream
After dinner we went for ice cream at Jeni’s. There was no way I could even think of ordering! I was full!! Steve had a peanut butter ice cream and of course I had a bite. It was amazing!!
Downtown Chicago Night Lights
We headed back and enjoyed walking around the city at night. It was a perfect summer night, warm with just a bit of a breeze. It was a nice ending to a fun day.
In the morning we woke up early and headed to the Chicago Bean at Millennial Park. We were hoping to get there before the crowds arrived. There were some people there, but not crazy crowded.
We enjoyed walking around downtown Chicago when it wasn’t very busy. I love the way the old historic buildings and new modern buildings blended together to form the downtown vibe.
This ended our 24 hours in Downtown Chicago. We said our goodbyes and hopped in the car back to Iowa. A quick but fun trip! It is always great being with family!
You will want to wear comfortable shoes and clothes! Also, a good backpack works well instead of a purse to carry your stuff. Keeps your hands free and it’s easier on your shoulders. I like the Hobo River Backpack, it’s stylish, has pockets, is easy to access and comfortable to carry.