We started our sight-seeing at the Buckingham Fountain. It might look familiar if you ever watched the TV show – Married with Children. It was in the introduction to the show. It is a beautiful fountain along Lake Michigan that used to be the start of the famous highway - Route 66.
Across the street is the Millennium Park. It’s huge! They have a reflective sculpture that is called “The Bean.” It was pretty cool to take my own picture in front of “The Bean.”
They also have a multimedia Crown Fountain where projected faces of Chicagoans playfully spurt water into shallow pools. The kids there loved it.
Walking down the edge of Lake Michigan, you’ll come to the Navy Pier, which has spectacular free fireworks on Wednesday and Saturday nights during the summer. There is a carnival on the pier with a huge ferris wheel that I was just too chicken to go on and now regret it. From the pier, you have a great view of the Chicago skyline.
|My Reflection in The Bean|
After that, it was time to go find lunch. Ever heard of the Billy Goat Curse on the Chicago Cubs (one of Chicago’s baseball teams)? The man who put that curse on the team was Mr. William Sianis, the owner of the Billy Goat Tavern. Mr. Wrigley (Wrigley Field’s name sake) told Mr. Sianis that he couldn’t bring his billy goat into game four of the 1945 World Series because the billy goat stunk. Mr. Sianis officially cursed the team and said they’d never win another World Series. After the Cubs lost that game, Mr. Sianis asked “who stinks now?” That was the last time the Cubs reached the World Series. Do you believe in the curse? Whether you do or do not, go check out the tavern that has a lot of history and order a “cheeseborger and some cheeps.” By the way, it’s literally in the basement of the Chicago Tribune! You’ve got to look for it.
We didn’t visit Wrigley Field (home of the Chicago Cubs) because it wasn’t near the other sites we wanted to see, but it’s a place with a lot of history too so if you’re into baseball, you should visit it.
|The Billy Goat Tavern|
A cute photo opportunity we saw was the Chicago Theater with their marquee being “Chicago”. You might want to take your picture here as well.
|Chicago Theater Sign|
|View from the Sears Tower|
In my research for this post, I found four sites in Chicago that I’d like to visit if I ever went back:
1. Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry - 800 hands-on exhibits including a submarine, underground coal mine, and an airplane. It looks like kids of all ages would have a great time exploring this place.
|Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry|
Photo found online
|Photo from the Facebook Page of Miki, a Beluga Whale|
These are just the places I’ve visited or would like to visit in Chicago. If you know of anywhere else in Chicago we should check out, please leave a comment below. Later this week, we’ll explore Illinois outside of Chicago. Then, next week we’ll discover what’s just round the corner in Indiana.
** Photos taken by my friends and I unless noted