Thursday, October 2, 2014

Travel Journal: Visiting Chicago

Overlooking Bridge over Michigan River

Two weeks ago 'The Boyfriend' and I traveled to the beautiful city of Chicago. Since he had to stay for a couple of days in a business trip we had decided that I would join him the tail end of of his trip..about four days of fun days for me. 

Last time I traveled to Chicago I traveled solo and it was so much fun but this time around it was nice to have my best friend along to explore the city. 

As Runners, we couldn't help ourselves and had to explore the city by lots of walking and of course running. Wherever we go we pack up our running shoes and make lots of effort to plan fun things around it. Overall our stay was filled with great sights the city holds, beautiful Running paths, some shopping and getting inspired.

Next time you are planning some time in Chicago check out things to do listed below. 

Chicago's terrain is flat so the run makes it easy to achieve longer miles. Like they say "while in Rome", we had to stretch out our legs. I've learn that the best way to get to know a place we visit is by hitting the pavement. We made our way from our hotel to Lakefront along Michigan Lake. This path is easy to find just walk towards the lake. Once you get there the trails are easy to find and runner friendly. You see another runner along the trail make sure to wave hello. Check out the map below to see where we ran, you might want to try.

You don't run that's ok, this path is pedestrian friendly so you can walk or rent a bicycle along the lake to enjoy the 22mile path. 

A little known fact; every October Chicago hosts of the best known race of the world where Elite runners from all over the world participate in the Chicago Marathon. If you are up for the challenge worth checking it out.

Buckingham Fountain in Chicago - my hands holding people
Lakefront Entrance entry to train
My views of Lake Michigan on a Warm Day
Buckingham Fountain in front view of surrounding high rise
Waterfront walkway
Chicago architecture landscape

Millenium Park

Gorgeous park to visit whether is at day or night. You'll often see free concerts and events happening in the park. There is so much to do like visiting "The bean" structure, walking along the Garden or bringing over some food for a picnic..this park is worth coming with your significant other or family. Check out their monthly calendar to know what's happening. Who knows you might be able to catch a free concert!

Tip: During the Spring to Summer weather is warm. If you are coming for the Fall bring a warm jacket. 
This is our jungle quote
The "Bean" 
Photos of landmarks in Millennium Park

North Michigan Avenue or better yet known as "Magnificent Mile" is a 13-block street filled with varies shopping stores from high end luxury to major retailer stores. This block is known to have tourists from around the world. If you plan to shop here just remember to bring comfy shoes. 

Art & History Museums
Last time I visited I went to the Art Institute of Chicago which I highly recommend, just get your tickets online or prepare to make a line. The entrance fee is worth every penny to spend a day and if you have kids under 14 they get in for free, click here for info. Be sure to download their app on your phone to get free tours and learn about some of the art pieces on display. Cool,huh?!

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago is smaller compared to its brother, The Art Institute. One of the exhibition showcased Artists from different parts of the world whose artwork was inspired by Frida Kahlo. I am a huge fan of her work so having the chance to be at the Museum whose artwork first was displayed was a highlight of this trip for me. Check out here to learn more about their different exhibitions displayed.

The Chicago History Museum is two story building filled with tons of authentic artifacts at every corner, super interactive for adults as well as kids. This stop was last minute plan, we arrived an hour before they closed which we were bummed about but made up when offered buy one get one free tickets. To learn about this beautiful city I would recommend you take longer than an hour here and if this is your first time traveling to Chicago you have to stop here first! 
Entrance to Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago Entrance
The museum of Contemporary Art Wall art of Frida Khalo at entrance
The Museum of Contemporary Art Entrance
Artifacts at The Chicago History Museum

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