the windy city

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

If you know me at all, you know I'm about as independent as a barnacle on the side of a ship. I'm incredibly needy (lucky Grahm), and I'm not good at being alone. So as you can probably imagine, I'm not a stellar traveler when I'm all by my elfinwich... but yesterday, I did it, and I felt a little invincible by doing so.

I was nervous, but excited. It was thrilling to think I could get terribly lost in such a busy city (a lot to take in for this simple Oklahoma gal). Thankfully, after a long train ride and a few wrong turns, I found myself at Millennium Park. I was so glad to see the Bean! After snapping several pictures with my jazzy new camera (that I have no idea how to use), I meandered down Michigan Avenue and explored some of the intriguing shops.


After a couple of hours of exploring Chicago and not getting lost (applause, applause), I treated myself to some delicious jumbo Chicago cheese popcorn--which was possibly the best decision I've ever made (apart from marrying Grahm Cracker, of course).

Linking up with the fabulous Helene for Travel Tuesday!

36 comments:

wHiT | Black Little Button blog said...

Love Chicago! Great pics!
-wHiT

Karla said...

Girl, I don't know how you do it all by yourself like that. Props to you. I would probably go and cry somewhere the minute I got lost. Love all the pics! =)

Kayla Peveler said...

So jealous you are in Chicago! I've always wanted to go!! :) have a BLAST. PS - love your pants!

Ashley from The Kitchen-Sink Chronicles said...

So jealous!

Katie said...

You're in my city! Sorry about the cold, but glad you had a fun adventure downtown!

Helene said...

i would be nervous about traveling by my lonesome too, but looks like you had a great time! I have been to chicago (for work) but never to the Bean! i need to do that.

Melissa said...

Garrett popcorn is the best! I am jealous of your cheese popcorn! Enjoy the city, it is a great place to be!

put a bow on it [kaitlyn] said...

So jealous, Chicago is for sure my favorite city ever to visit. I go for work but I want to go for fun this summer!

Kalyn V said...

The bean is so cool! I have never traveled by myself and don't think I'd be very good at it so snaps to you!

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applesandglue said...

I tried to reply, not sure if it's pending or got lost in spam or what but I'm trying again. :)

I love Chicago, you took some fabulous pics - love your outfit in the bean! Way to go, traveling there!

Becca Moss said...

Love these pictures, can't wait to eventually go there!

Kalen said...

So glad you loved the city...I've been here for 3.5 years and I am still finding new places all the time!

Brandy said...

I've never ventured into a big city alone! Props to you, for sure!
Congrats on overcoming it! :D Seems like you had a great time!

Erin said...

Oooh, so fun! I've never been to Chicago but we're hoping to go this fall when the Bengals play there!! I've heard about the famous popcorn...is there one certain place I need to get it from?! :)

Rachael said...

Love the picture of you in the bean!! And that popcorn looks so yummy. From one directionally-challenged girl to another, here's a pat on the back for navigating this city all by your lonesome!

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julia rose. said...

Look at you taking on the big windy city all by yo selfff! Props to you!
I need that cheesy popcorn in my life!

Amanda said...

So fun! I love seeing these pictures. I'm from Chicago (although I live in Oklahoma now), but I got engaged at the bean!

Suze said...

I love Chicago! So proud of you and your inependent self :)

Tiffany said...

Don't you just love Chicago?? SUCH a fun city!!

~Tiffany

Esme said...

Chicago is always fun!

jen @ grown in southern ground said...

love your pics... i am visiting chicago for the first time next month!

Jodi said...

I love Chicago. I went last April and had so much fun. It was so cold and SO windy so I can see why it gets it nickname!!

Amy said...

yay! can't wait to hear more! Looks like you're having an absolute fabulous time!

Amanda* said...

Mammon! Love some Chicago popcorn!

Meg Cady said...

I am DYING to go to Chicago! Except not when it is cold... this Texan doesn't do Mid West Lake effect snow cold!

Em said...

You're in my neck of the woods! Should have stopped by the Chicago Tribune, I would have given you a grand tour! :)

Laura & Adam said...

I hope you enjoy some Lou Malnatis deep dish pizza while you are here:)

Becky said...

My older brother lives in Chicago and I'm dying to go visit him!! Way to go successfully traveling alone!!! :)

Rachel said...

I love the bean! When I lived in the Midwest, I would try and take a trip to Chicago every year or so. Love that place. :) Looks like you had a great time.

RitaMarie said...

I can't wait to visit Chicago! Maybe the husband and I will go this summer. :)

Lauren said...

Bravo to you for being brave and exploring the city by yourself! I know you must have had a great time and saw a bunch of neat things! :)

Ashley said...

The bean!! I've always wanted to see it. Sounds like you had a successful day of exploring!

Morgan said...

that's funny I am completely the opposite! I LOVE being independent!
but that's so cool I have always wanted to see the bean!

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