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Chicago, Illinois

With no RV anymore we were back to Trains, Planes and Automobiles and a new search of where to stay. So our next stop was Chicago. Its the biggest city in the state of Illinois but is not the capital. This is the case with a lot of states – the obvious big city in the state is not the capital. (Test it out). Anyway we decided to visit the windy city and we were glad we did. It is a terrific city to walk around and we found it very easy to navigate around, with a map of course. There is so much to do and so in no particular order, we have listed our recommendations:

1. Eat a Deep Dish Pizza. Chicago is famous for them and they are really delicious. We challenge you to get through a small one yourself (we found it impossible between the two of us). We were told to go to Giordano’s Restaurant which is well renowned for the Deep Dish. Make sure you are extremely hungry, be prepared to queue if you arrive around 7pm and also be prepared to wait about 45 minutes from the time you order your pizza – but well worth the wait.

Us and our mountain of a meal. Deep Dish Pizza

Us and our mountain of a meal. Deep Dish Pizza

2. Visit the Lincoln Park Zoo. Its free and for a free zoo its fantastic. They rely on donations and fundraising events to ensure it is well maintained.

A charming view of an Aardwark at the Lincoln Park Zoo.

A charming view of an Aardwark at the Lincoln Park Zoo.

3. Visit the beaches on the great lakes. Even if it is too cold to swim (which we think would be most of the time) they are stunning. Its amazing that they are on a fresh water lake.

The beautiful beaches on the great lakes are hard to miss.

The beautiful beaches on the great lakes are hard to miss.

4. Go to the top of the John Hancock Observatory  Building. The view of the whole city is superb and an audio tour is available with commentary by David Schwimmer (Ross from the show Friends).

The view from the Hancock building is gold....

The view from the Hancock building is gold....

5. Go to Navy Pier. There are restaurants here, a carnival setup and a really beautiful view of the city of Chicago. Its more one of those ‘gotta do it why you are there’ things.

The Navy Pier is a big attraction that is hard to miss.

The Navy Pier is a big attraction that is hard to miss.

6. Walk down the Magnificent Mile. A great place to go for a day of Retail Therapy.

The Magnificent mile is pretty magnificent if you love shopping

The Magnificent mile is pretty magnificent if you love shopping

7. Visit the ‘Bean‘ in Millenium Park. An odd sculpture that  is actually called Cloud Gate but nicknamed the Bean because of its shape.

Us in front of the bean sculpture.

Us in front of the bean sculpture.

8. Go to a Jazz/Blues Bar. We went to this fantastic jazz/blues/piano bar and really enjoyed the vibe there. Most blues bars have a cover charge so its worth looking around before going into the first one you see.

Two piano players & their band, cranking out the tunes

Two piano players & their band, cranking out the tunes

9. Eat some Garretts Popcorn. This popcorn is like an Institution . Its famous and delicious. Quite pricey too, for popped corn. Basically its a combination of Cheese Popcorn and Caramel Popcorn. 50 /50 split in the bag, shaken up and eaten together. Its sort of a weird taste but strangely really good.

That's caramel on the left and the cheese on the right. Amazing combination.

That's caramel on the left and the cheese on the right. Amazing combination.

Also if you are looking for a fun night out that really is very cheap, we have a good suggestion. We visited the Tourist Centre right near the start of the Maginificent Mile. We enquired about shows – musicals, theatre etc and while we could have seen a broadway show, one of the guys we spoke with suggested we try a ‘last minute’ deal. For $5 US per per person we went to a fantastic comedy show about 15 minutes out of the city centre. It really was a great laugh and amazing value for a 2 hour show. There are lots of different ‘last minute’ deals on offer every day so you can choose from a selection of genres and see something of interest.

While we could have booked ourselves into another hotel, we had heard about Couchsurfing and decided to try it out in Chicago. Check out the sight if you don’t know much about it – www.couchsurfing.org. We searched around for people that lived in Chicago and came across Brenda, a lovely lady who had recently moved to Chicago and who was very happy for two Aussies to stay with her for 3 nights. We had a fantastic experience with Brenda. She was so generous and friendly and pointed us in the right direction when is came to seeing the sights. THANKS BRENDA!!!

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