Earlier this summer we took our family vacation to Chicago. While we have visited Illinois to see my husband’s extended family a couple times before, I’d never been to the city and I was so excited! A couple posts back I wrote about our Chicago date night, and now I’d like to share some of the fun spots we visited with the girls.
Chicago Children’s Museum at the Navy Pier
When we visited the Navy Pier with the girls, our first stop was the Children’s Museum. There was so much for them to do! They got to dress up and play firefighters, splash in the water play area, dig for dinosaur bones, build gadgets, and climb the schooner. There was a lot of stuff we didn’t even get to – we could have definitely made a full day out of it!
After playing a few hours, we headed out to the Pier for rides. The girls had seen the Ferris Wheel from the road and couldn’t wait to take a spin. (I had had my share of heights after the Skydeck so I grabbed some coffee and watched while they went with their dad and aunt.) Those girls are so brave! After the Ferris Wheel, I took them to the Carousel. Pumpkin chose her animal and climbed up without help, and Peanut sat on an animal for the ride instead of on my lap on the bench – also a first! The ride was rather slow and short for what we paid, to be honest, but they were both so proud of their accomplishments and, hey, overpriced carousel rides are what vacations are all about, right?
We finished up our day at the Pier with a visit to the Original Rainbow Cone, which I saw on Instagram early on in our vacation and had to have. We ate our cones in the pouring rain, and it was worth it!
Millennium Park and Grant Park
From there we walked to Maggie Daley Park, where there were a ton of play structures with bridges, boats, slides, climbing and more. The girls loved it! It was pretty hot and humid that afternoon, so before heading back to my sister-in-law’s, the girls cooled off in Crown Fountain.
Mr. G and I have a map of all the Major League ballparks and until this trip we had only covered the NL West, so of course we made a baseball game a priority. We were impressed with how family friendly it was for an older ballpark. As we came through the gates, employees let us know where to find the family restroom, and where the girls could get certificates for attending their first Cubs game – and we didn’t even ask. Lucky for us, when we went for the certificates, Clark (the team’s mascot) was hanging out close by and posed for photos with the girls. It was awesome to check another park off the list and, while the girls didn’t focus much on the game, they loved the cotton candy and singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”
We took a walk one morning to the lake, and all Pumpkin wanted to do was get in the water. We had plans that afternoon and couldn’t stay long, but I think if given the choice, she would have stayed all day. Just goes to show you that the simple things are sometimes the best! We will definitely go back, and plan on spending more time at the lake on our next trip.