Instagram Photo Diary: Chicago & St. Louis Trip, May 2012

I'm back! I had so much fun visiting my sister in Chicago and my uncle in Bloomington, and seeing the Gateway Arch in St. Louis with my aunt and parents. I didn't take too many photos (it wasn't my first time visiting and I took sooo many touristy photos before), but I did take a few with my phone.

It was great seeing my sister's new neighborhood (she moved to Lakeview East in Chicago), learning how to use the bus system/trains (I'm an L.A. native--I'm so used to driving everywhere!), eating at local restaurants (me and my dad had even seen some on the Travel Channel!), and taking photos with the giant Marilyn Monroe statue in downtown Chicago. Chicago weather was temperamental--it rained on and off, and there were a few warm days in-between. We ate a lot and walked a lot--which I love doing on vacation.

Here's a selection of photos from our trip (mostly in order). Enjoy!

Wrigley Field, Chicago

Lakeview East, Chicago

Chicago stuffed pizza from Giordano's

Marilyn Monroe statue, downtown Chicago

Chicago skyline reflected on the Bean, Millennium Park

on the road to St. Louis

Abe and his lucky nose, Lincoln Tomb in Springfield

Barbecue pulled pork sandwich, Pappy's Smokehouse in St. Louis

"Concrete" frozen custard from Ted Drewes in St. Louis

The Gateway Arch, St. Louis

Flower-shaped Belgian Waffle and raspberry mocha from Wild Berries in Bloomington

Ferris wheel at Navy Pier, Chicago

The Willis Tower in Lego form, Chicaco

The view from the top of the Willis Tower, Chicago

The gorgeous famed peacock doors at our hotel, The Palmer House, Chicago

My little blue Abe from the Mold-a-Rama machine in front of the Chicago Skyline

For those who followed my photos on Instagram and Twitter: I told you there'd be lots of food photos! ;)
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