Chicago with the Kids

IMG_1330Chicago was amazing. Absolutely amazing! It was everything I expected and more.

IMG_1386 IMG_1389The first day we visited the Navy Pier and just enjoyed stretching our legs. Sam was not a fan of the wind. He was pretty upset that Jesus could take away the wind but wouldn’t do it. I think we can all relate this little toddler’s thoughts on God …

Lake Michigan is just beautiful. The skyline is beautiful. To see the creation of the Lord right next to the creation of man was incredible. To see the gift of creativity in the architecture was breath taking.

IMG_1387Standing on the pier breathing the salty air looking at the third largest city in our nation was humbling. The years I’ve spent dreaming about my return, worrying that I would be disappointed, and yet feeling the beautiful grounding of God’s grace.

The Chicago Children’s Museum was absolutely massive. Kids got in free on the first Sunday of the month, which saved us a ton of money. We got to play like we were fire fighters and circus folks. We built our own sky scraper and played in the biggest water sensory bin we’ve ever seen. The boys dug for dinosaur bones and tinkered with the various creations. We changed the tire of a car and filled it up with gas. And oh so much more! We didn’t even do everything in the museum. We exhausted ourselves and slept like babies that night!

IMG_1393 IMG_1395 IMG_1401IMG_1414 IMG_1417 IMG_1419 IMG_1427 IMG_1428 IMG_1436 IMG_1437 IMG_1438 IMG_1441Riding in a taxi was fascinating to Sam. He loved not having a car seat! We enjoyed dinner at Lou M. The absolute most incredible pizza I have ever tasted. Their handcrafted beers were phenomenal.

The second day in Chicago we hopped on our bikes and rode around the city. Chicago is outfitted beautifully for bikers. Biking Chicago was a dream! An absolute dream! The day turned out beautiful and we rode along the banks of Lake Michigan.

IMG_1453 IMG_1457 We visited The Bean, laughed at the spitting fountains, grabbed coffee downtown at Peet’s coffee, and biked back over to Navy Pier.

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At the Navy Pier we decided to ride the Ferris Wheel. Sam was fascinated and loved the music they were playing about “Chicago.”


IMG_1550 DSC_1058 DSC_1076 DSC_1078Afterward we went in search of a Chicago hot dog. Mark asked a local where to go and he directed us to Downtown Dogs. It was in the middle of Chicago so we biked over and beat the crowd. We sat in window seats viewing the city and chowing down on some amazing hot dogs.


Then we headed to the John Hancock building. Mark really wanted us to see the city lights. It was jam packed, but we saw Chicago at night quickly. We didn’t linger as much as we desired to since Timmy was utterly exhausted.

We ended the long day biking our way back to our hotel in the dark in Chicago. We were crazy, but we had a blast. The boys cuddled up in the chariot and knocked out. They loved the night air and warm blankets. We got lost a few times, but we enjoyed the nighttime ride.


We landed back at our hotel utterly exhausted but full. Full of joy and contentment . We stuck out like sore thumbs in a hotel with all business folks. We wheeled our bikes and sleeping children with the day’s lunch still in the cart into the building. We carried our children who were like dead weights in our arms to the hotel room. They went to sleep immediately and Mark and I worked for a couple of hours.

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The next day we decided to go to the Lincoln Park Zoo. It was free and just around the corner. We found parking easily and for cheap! It was nice to let the kids stretch their legs before loading up in the car to head to Indiana.

IMG_1610 IMG_1605 IMG_1585 IMG_1590IMG_1571All in all a great city! We all absolutely loved it!

Want to see where else we went on our epic road trip? See this post.




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