I’ll be honest: I actually went to Chicago during March break this year, but I was a lil too lazy to update on it till now so I’m like 4 months late on this blog post but I just thought it’d be fun to write about it and share my experiences with y’all but I’m only blogging about 3 out of the 7 days I spent in the US 🙂
It was about a 7-8 hour drive to Chicago and we left early in the morning, so the traffic to get out of the city wasn’t that bad. So we basically arrived in Chicago in the afternoon and went to Navy Pier to go on a boat tour of Chicago. Navy Pier is a famous tourist attraction that includes many restaurants, theatres, gift shops, and multiple boats for the boat tours. So we chose to go on the Architecture River Tour, which is about 75 minutes long. The guide for our tour was very funny and had detailed explanations for everything, so the tour was both entertaining and educational. Also, we went in March and Chicago’s nickname is the Windy City, so it was super windy and kind of cold, so I suggest you bring a sweater or something just in case.
Prices for Architecture River Tour:
- Adult: $33-$41
- Children: $17-$22
So after the tour, we were all super hungry and we went to have the famous Chicago pizza! The restaurant we went to was called Giordano’s, which is a popular chain restaurant that specializes in Chicago pizza. We had the Giordano’s special and it had huge portions and tasted great as well!
After getting food, we found that there was a ferris wheel at Navy Pier, so we decided to check it out. The ferris wheel was at a high point on Navy Pier, so it was nice to be able to see a lot of Chicago from above.
We stayed at Best Western Grant Park and considering that this trip was kind of last-minute, we were lucky to get a room in the middle of Chicago, so I would suggest to book early, especially during peek travel seasons.
On our second day, the weather was absolutely perfect! It was sunny, had a little wind and was 26 degrees celsius in March! So we decided to go to Millennium Park and visit the famous bean sculpture, the Cloud Gate. Because of the beautiful weather, there were a lot of people but it was still a great experience. We basically spent most of the day at Millennium park because it was huge and there was also this really nice play ground area (I know I’m not a child, but it was the greatest playground ever)!
Before eating dinner, we decided to go shopping and there were a lot of sales going on at Forever 21 and American Apparel, so we spent quite a bit of time at both those stores.
For dinner, we went to a restaurant called the Gage, and it was so so good, but also expensive and fancy, so I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant for young children. If you’re planning on going to the Gage, I highly suggest to make a reservation because it is a very popular restaurant and has views of Millennium Park as well. I had the Gage Venison Burger, and it was one of the best burgers ever. The mussels, roasted amish chicken and the thai curry were delicious too! (but get the burger haha!)
Sadly, it rained again, so we decided to go to one of Chicago’s many museums. I really wanted to go to all the museums in Chicago but we only had time to go to one of them (cries). We decided to go to the Field Museum just because I felt like it 🙂 Because it was March Break in the US as well, we went to the museum as soon as it opened after a quick breakfast of waffles at the hotel, but there were already quite a few people at the museum. My favourite exhibition was the Evolving Planet exhibition, so make sure to check it out!
The Field Museum is open from 9am to 5am daily, except for Christmas, with the last entry time being 4pm.
Prices for Basic Ticket (General Admission)
- Adult: $22
- Children (ages 3-11): $15
- Student (with valid ID): $19
- Senior: (ages 65+): $19
But anyways, Chicago was so great and I would totally go back to visit more museums and shows and eat great food. Even though the weather was sometimes a bit off, there’s plenty to do both inside and outside!