Hello again! I swear I’m really trying to get on here and post more regularly. I mean, I think about posting a lot, so that counts for something, right?
Anyway. So last weekend, I had the pleasure of taking a quick weekend trip with my mama to Chicago. We’ve been talking about taking a trip together for the last few years, and I’m so glad we were finally able to make it work.
We got up super early on Saturday morning and drove to Illinois, where we caught an Amtrak train up to Chicago.
I was hoping it would be a little more like leaving for Hogwarts on Platform 9 3/4, but it was still fun. 🙂
The train took about 4 hours to get to the city. Once we arrived at Union Station, we picked up lunch (at McDonald’s, true Americans that we are) since neither of us had eaten yet. Highly processed food has never tasted so good.
The next couple of hours were spent wandering around Chicago. Literally wandering. We may have gotten a little disoriented…or lost. Either way, we were able to make it back to the station to get out to our hotel and check in. We actually stayed out by O’Hare, but our hotel had a free shuttle, so we spent lots of time shuttling and riding the L.
On Sunday we headed into the city (which took a good 2 hours) and had lunch at this super good Greek restaurant, Agora Bistro.
After a quick lunch, we walked over to the Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and Museum. Did you guys know Hem was born in Oak Park? I had no idea that was a neighborhood in Chicago—I thought it was a suburb for some reason. They have a small museum that features a lot of info on his youth (complete with report cards and such), plus exhibits that are about his life as a writer.
His birthplace home is located just up the street, and the museum offers guided tours. Hemingway’s family only lived here until 1906 (I think), but it was still pretty neat. Apparently his childhood home is nearby, but it’s actually a private residence…so I guess you can go take pictures of it from the street? I wasn’t feeling up to being that creepy though.
Later in the afternoon, we took the L downtown so we could go on a river architecture tour.
Have you ever done one of these before? I did one in Chicago on a trip I took up there in college, but I am 100% sure I didn’t remember anything from it. The weather was absolutely perfect for spending an hour on a boat. Also, I was so impressed by the girl who did our tour! I don’t have any idea how you begin to memorize all the info for those things.
Monday was our last day in the city, and it was raining buckets in the morning. Mom and I were originally going to visit a museum, but since we didn’t want to spend 2 hours walking in the rain, we hung out in Union Station.
We also walked across to Willis Tower and nosed around in their shops. I picked up this book to read while we were waiting, and we also got some scoops of Baskin Robbins to treat ourselves.
A couple hours later, it was time to take the train back home.
This was the picture I took while waving goodbye to the city on the train. We got home late Monday night and I think we both spent Tuesday recovering. I think the sign of a good trip is that you have to spend the next couple days sleeping in, right? Anyway, I’m so glad my mom and I got to spend a couple days together—hopefully we can make this a tradition soon!