Tuesday, June 19, 2012


people are always telling me chicago is just like new york city. and while i’ve slept in the airport  a few times, i’ve never really had a reason to go for real and see if they were right. lucky for me, after all these years i finally had a reason! chad has lived there for a year now and i decided that was just the perfect amount of time for him to get to know the city enough to be my personal tour guide.  

our first official stop [straight from the airport with my luggage] was pizza, of course. we don’t mess around! and then once i got rid of my bags, we made another very important stop—second city! i have been to a fair amount of comedy shows and this one was definitely my favorite! chad is a student there also [cool, right?] so it was fun to see where he goes to class since i hear about it all the time. 

the rest of the trip we did all the important things like eat pizza every single day, get magnolia’s cupcakes, build an ikea bed [i was more of a supervisor], and walk until we thought our legs might fall off [which was just enough time for me to admire all of the buildings and become completely smitten with yet another city].
and since chad and i are kind of professionals at standing in line, we thought it would be a good idea to go to the sears tower [which is not actually called that anymore, fyi. It is now the willis tower]. about an hour and a half, five lines, one metal detector, two elevators and 110 floors later, we were on top of the tower and wondering why we ever thought it was such a great idea. such a cool view but a little scary! even though chad wanted to go on the glass floor, i literally had to shove him with all my might to get on it.

[note where the floor should be. and please try not to note whatever awkward thing i am doing with my hands]

neither of us are big picture takers to begin with, and i forgot my camera charging at home in california so we didn’t take many and the few that we did take are horrible. it’s just what happens when you’ve been sweating all day and then are juggling taking pictures yourself while trying to make up for over a foot height difference. 
[disclaimer for this and the rest of the photos: usually i don't have a lazy eye and chad only has one chin. and these were the good pictures!]

we decided to go see the bean [which i learned is really called ‘cloud gate’] at night, which was incredible. sadly, because of the weird lighting you can’t really see it in the pictures—but it was beautiful!

 [you can kind of see the bean, but not us]
 [you can see us, but not the bean. we tried a million times to get it right!]

a city at night is seriously one of the most magical things to me! i saw chicago during the day and loved it, and then when i got to see it at night it literally took my breath away. 

[here’s what it looks like during the day]

so just in case you were wondering i don’t think i would ever tell anyone chicago is exactly like nyc, because it’s not. but i would tell them it’s awesome and they would love it. 
i can’t wait to go back!