Saturday, February 25, 2012

Chicago: Day 3

***So, I have become so far behind on my blog! School is out of control this year with being busy and then last week I was in Vegas. I'm writing you from my spring break trip in New Hampshire! So, I hope to get up-to-date in the next month or two. I should be able to but for now enjoy Chicago Day 3! We began day 3 by going on a (very full) architecture tour with our Go Card. We headed to the Navy Pier and got our tickets. Turns out the tours are a block or two away.
It was so hot outside so Heather saw the Creamsicles. I decided to get one too and how glad I am! We were sitting on that tour boat for 2 hours in direct sunlight. I'm pretty sure everyone on that tour was looking at our Creamsicles like they were a T-Rex looking at a chicken.
The first building they showcased was this amazing hotel/apartment/business building. The balconies are all different. One of the purposes, other than looking like waves, is to help deter the wind. I saw this hotel on Groupon Getaways a while back, too and it sold out in a day or two. Very neat...
Got a great view of the Trump Tower in Chicago. A very beautiful color and one of the more expensive hotels in the area.
Another picture of our Hotel :) Hotel 71
Got a shot of the old retractable bridge, where the tour turned around.
The old bridge with the Willis Tower behind it. :)
Then we went through a few more waterways and turned around. Got a great shot of Willis/Sears Tower and the rest of the city.
This is the Fashion/Interior Design Building that used to be an old factory. It's HUGE!
Another one of the older factories that have been turned into chic apartment buildings...
It was such a beautiful day...
A shot of the SkyDeck which Heather and I got to stand on. 103 stories off the face of the Earth :)
This building was coined the Champagne Building and I believe is the Hard Rock's hotel and restaurant if I remember correctly from my tour. The architecture was pretty amazing and I enjoyed the tour. Just wish it hadn't been so hot!
Then Heather and I went to use our Go Chicago cards for the Ferris Wheel. It was pretty big and a nice ride. It goes continuously slow and you only get to go once around. But it does afford nice views of Chicago and the line constantly moves, so it's a fun time.
One of the photos I took while on the Ferris Wheel.
Then we walked through the gardens at Navy Pier. It was nice inside...
Then we headed back on the trolley tour looking for lunch at Heather's favorite place. We passed by the Hancock Center/Tower which you'll see later in the blog.
We passed by the old Chicago Water Tower and I got a better shot... Nice detail...
We passed by the Magnificent Mile but contained ourselves...
Mmmmmmmmmmm I really had to show some constraint but one day I'll be INSIDE Cartier :)
Finally, we made it to Porillo's on the Restaurant Mile...
Cute vibe inside... Lots of seating and lots of choices!
I got the beef sandwich with peppers. The meat was dipped but not the sandwich. It was amazingly good!
Then Heather got a chocolate cake milkshake. I had one taste and went up to get one too. Lol it was dang good but definitely couldn't finish it.
Then we (slowly) walked back to the Hancock Tower. We had the Go Card and got to go up to see some great views. You could really see the beaches and Lake from up here.
The great shot of Navy Pier from the Hancock Skywalk!
Chicago :) <3
The actual "Skywalk" they talk about is an open-air walk on one side of the building. There is a screen up so you can't really see over the edge or anything but it is weird to be walking along, feeling the heat (or cold in the winter) and hearing the honking and noises of the city. A nice, touristy thing to do...
While walking on the Skywalk... This is kind of your view through the screen. Definitely not as thrilling at the Skydeck at the Sears/Willis Tower but a nice touch to peak your interest.
That's a lonnnnnggggggg way down!
And a nice view of the beach... If we had more time we would have definitely hit that. Next time!
Heather had heard a lot about a dueling piano bar called Howl at the Moon. They have all these kitchey drinks but the live entertainment is really awesome. After going to the Houston and New Orleans one a few times I think this is definitely the best. They were really nice and fantastic performers who could almost play any song on the spot!
Buckets and towers....
Giganto buckets :)
We ended the night rocking out at Howl at the Moon. The guys were great, each trading places behind each instrument. Definitely recommended if you go to Chicago!

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