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|
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