Brian had a quick business trip in Chicago, so with only a few days left of summer vacation, we each packed a backpack and set out on an adventure with him!
There was a lot of time spent traveling for such a short trip, but it was fun to fly again!
After arriving at O'hare, we hopped on the El train and took it to our hotel downtown...
Dad's work put us up in the Palmer House, and we got a nice big room on the top floor- we even got to take the Executive elevator!
The view from our room was beautiful, and we even had two bathrooms!
Uncle Ryan was working downtown the day we arrived, so he came and met us for dinner, and then Aunt Kristie took a trip so we could all spend the evening together!
The highlight of Ben's trip, as always, was seeing his buddy, Uncle Ryan!
We went to Flat Top for dinner, where you make your own stir-fry, and everyone tried it... even EMILY!
The weather for our whole trip was absolutely beautiful and we had a lot of opportunities for some fun pictures!
While Brian went to his meetings, I took the kids to the Shedd Aquarium for the morning, and we all had so much fun. It was just as I had remembered it from when I was a kid!
The kids have always loved aquariums, and it's fun to compare pictures and see how much they've grown!
We made it in time to see the dolphin show, which is always one of my favorites!
Ben didn't love the stingray touch tank, but he enjoyed watching them!
The baby beluga whale was showing off and playing with his blanket for us!
I think I could seriously sit and watch the jellyfish ALL day... they are mesmerizing!
While we waited for our Uber to pick us up to bring us back to the hotel, we enjoyed the beautiful views from the museum campus. It was such a beautiful day!
After getting back to the hotel, we picked up Brian and headed out for some Chicago deep dish pizza at Gino's East...
When his work day was over, Brian couldn't wait to take us to the Amazon go store!
Krispy Creme donuts and water were the hot items we walked out with!
We decided to enjoy the beautiful night with a stroll down the Chicago Riverwalk. We stopped in a few places for some apps and drinks, and loved all the views of the river and the city!
We ended up with the obligatory trip to Millennium Park to see The Bean and the splash pad...
Our last stop of the night was for 7-11 slurpees... the kids haven't had them in years, so it was a fun treat!
Goodnight Chicago! Thank you for the memories!