I took my mom to Chicago for her birthday and we had a blast! Other than rain on Friday when we got there, the weather was absolutely perfect. As in 70 degrees and blue skies, just a light jacket and you're good to go. We stayed at a hotel out in the burbs and took the train into the city each day, which was quite the experience in and of itself. It was fun to do for our trip, but definitely made me appreciate my hometown of Louisville even more. It's funny how we can take little things for granted like having a car and being able to get basically anywhere around town in 20 minutes or less. I don't think you can fully grasp the lifestyle of living in a major city like Chicago until you step foot there and experience it firsthand. I had always thought of myself as a city-type gal, but now I'm thinking I am more suited for suburbia, or at least no where much bigger than good ole' Louisville.
We hit up all the major tourist spots this time around, including the John Hancock building, Millennium and Grant Park, the Navy Pier, a boat cruise, and Wrigley Field! And according to my mom's Fit Bit, we logged more than 40,000 steps over the course of our long weekend. Let me tell you, I was definitely feeling it by the end of the trip. Maybe this will be the motivation I need to get into the gym ... maybe. Next time, because there will be a next time, we want to explore more of the neighborhoods and local spots that you don't really get to see downtown!
I am so glad that I got to make this trip with my mom and see all the sights, but nothing was better than seeing Louisville's (much smaller) skyline as we were coming down 65. Home sweet home.