Chicago in a day

 

 

I had two hours to spare one morning in Chicago. I did some crowd sourcing on Twitter and asked readers what I should do. Almost everyone recommended the boat tours. I found one perfect for that morning, a 75-minute Chicago River Architecture Tour. The station was within walking distance from our hotel.

Since it was my first time in Chicago and probably the only free time I’d have during the trip, the river tour was the best way to the the city and get the big picture. I was knocking myself in the head — why, an urban planning grad like me, had never been to Chicago, the birthplace of the skyscraper. Prior to this all my US trips had focused on New York City only. It took Kohler to bring me to Chicago.

 

 

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The Wendella boat tour started here…

 

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… at the foot of this building. (So I lost my notes).

 

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I took photos of me. 958th reason for missing my husband. I didn’t have a photographer. Haha.

 

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Style notes: I wore my Burberry trench coat and H&M pants I got on sale for $14.

 

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Selfie under a bridge.

 

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Selfie without aviators… and makeup.

 

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One of the Japanese tourists finally felt sorry for me and offered to take my picture.

 

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It’s not called the Windy City for nothing.

 

More photos of architecture and bridges from different periods and styles. Some of the most important buildings in modern architectural history. I played with my Olympus OMD and used some crazy filters. It was overcast and it actually started raining halfway. But the camera is weather-proof so I wasn’t worried about it getting wet.

Promise, no more selfies.

 

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  • http://twitter.com/teadrinker05 teadrinker

    It’s so nice that you get the most out of Twitter — you got such a great advice from your followers! 🙂

  • ree

    Funny, I am writing this now during my work lunch break and I am sitting on the Riverwalk with the architectural boat tours passing right in front of me! Hoping this pic will attach 🙂 Do you have a favorite building in Chicago?

    • Anonymous

      aww how pretty!

      sadly I didn’t stay long enough to love any particular building. I didn’t really get to explore. but it definitely left a mark in my heart and I do want to return.

  • Anonymous

    Wow I suddenly miss Chicago. Was there for work in 2008 and 2010. Such a great city to walk around in, although I was mostly in the downtown area (except for a quick excursion to Hot Doug’s lol). The architecture is fascinating!

  • Anonymous

    love your bag. it’s perfect for all my mommy essentials especially when we’re travelling with the kids. hope you don’t mind sharing where you got it? thanks!

    • Anonymous

      It’s the Tod’s D bag.

  • Anonymous

    I hope you don’t mind me asking, but could you share where you get your eyebrows done?

    • Anonymous

      No where. I just pluck it when I feel like it. I don’t go to brow salons or allow anyone to reshape it. I have fear of thin thin brows. Haha.

      Years ago it was shaped by an Indian woman in Canada by threading. Then I just maintained it by plucking.

      How about you?

      • Anonymous

        Thanks for replying.

        The same; I’ve only recently started paying attention to my appearance and thought to start top down, literally.

  • http://verabear.net Vera

    your photos look amazing!