Can you guess from the picture that we are foodies? Can you guess where we are?
Yes, we're in Chicago! The Windy City.
Maybe that's why I thinks it's so great. In keeping with our no-chain-restaurants theme, we decided to visit a few that we had seen highlighted on the Food Network channel. Ginos East was delish. Their pizza is very different. Crust, cheese, then sauce. We actually liked the kids' thin crust pizza the best. Try it if you are ever there!
When I was growing up, the most famous and tallest building in Chicago was the Sears Tower. It's still the tallest, but now it is called the Willis Tower. We visited the 103rd floor with all the other tourists.
The views are fantastic:
Willis Tower now has a section of the 103rd floor cantilevered out over the street with nothing but glass beneath. Yikes. I'm not usually scared of heights, but it kinda skeered me.
Notice the death grip we have on each other. :)
While in downtown we also visited the American Girl Doll store. Even though my girls have pretty much outgrown the dolls (sniff, sniff), it was still a fun stop for them to enjoy. Another highlight for them was seeing a mall that goes up, not out.
The rest of our time in the Chicago area was spent in the suburbs. Legoland Chicago was a huge highlight for
Weber Grill Restaurant (Schaumburg is the home of the original Weber grill)
Cabelas for my outdoorsman.
IKEA for mom.
We also visited the 3rd largest mall in America. I know it would be amazing to some, but to me, if you've seen one mall, you've seen them all.
We finished off Chicago here. I know it is sort of a chain, but we don't have one in NC, so it still counted. The kids LOVED it. I thought the food was okay, but not great.
Do you have any favorites from the Windy City?