Our mini vacation to Chicago, the windy city

It’s been a crazy summer so far. I’ve been working on a commercial photography project (which has been lots of fun) but, has kept me from the blog a little longer than I like. Since it’s been so busy, Tim and I decided we needed a break from day to day life. We elected to have our quality Mr. & Mrs. time in Chicago, IL. The windy city was on both of our lists of places we wanted to visit. So, several US Airways dividend miles and Starwood rewards points later, we were on our way!

We stayed at the W Lakeshore Chicago which was a fabulous hotel. Their motto is “Whatever, Whenever” and that theme pretty much stuck with us for the whole weekend.

W Lake Shore Chicago by Teresa Klostermann of Teresa K photography

Downtown Chicago was a very art friendly community. There were sculptures, fountains, free amphitheaters, and museums everywhere. We walked up and down Michigan Avenue the first night and got our bearings.

Michigan Avenue, Chicago Illinois by Teresa Klostermann of Teresa K photography
Chicago Illinois by Teresa Klostermann of Teresa K photography

After all that walking, we ended up at a fantastic wine bar oENOlogy in the Chicago Intercontinental. Fantastic wine, cheese, chocolate and most importantly ambiance! It was a great way to end our first day.

oENOlogy, Chicago Illinois by Teresa Klostermann of Teresa K photography

The next day we opted to spend the afternoon at the Field Museum and after all that walking decided on Chicago style pizza for dinner. The concierge gave a fantastic recommendation to Gino’s East. It was hopping and the pizza was divine! They have guests write all over the walls, chairs, tables… pretty much everywhere. It was great urban art.

Gino's East, Chicago Illinois by Teresa Klostermann of Teresa K photography

After dinner we headed up to the John Hancock tower for some yummy cocktails and beautiful sunset views of the city. I think the elevation made Tim a little uncomfortable…it was really, really high!

Oh…and guess where the best views of the city were? The bar you say…maybe the restaurant…NOPE, none of the above. This place reserved the best view for the ladies restroom! SERIOUSLY.

John Hancock center, Chicago Illinois by Teresa Klostermann of Teresa K photography
Chicago Illinois skyline by Teresa Klostermann of Teresa K photography

Our final day started with an architectural tour of the windy city via the river. It was interesting to learn more about the beautiful buildings and their history.

Historical architectural tour of Chicago Illinois by Teresa Klostermann of Teresa K photography
Historical architectural tour of Chicago Illinois by Teresa Klostermann of Teresa K photography

After that tour we hit the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Chicago Art Institute.

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Illinois by Teresa Klostermann of Teresa K photography
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Illinois by Teresa Klostermann of Teresa K photography

Of course no trip to Chicago would be complete without a visit to Wrigley Field to experience some pure bona fide Americana. It’s no secret that Tim and I are not big sports fans, but the people were so nice, the beer was cold, the cubbies were playing their rivals, and we got to sing “Take me out to the Ball Game” with the other fans. All-in-all a great experience (even though the Cubs didn’t win this one).

Wrigley Field, Chicago Illinois by Teresa Klostermann of Teresa K photography
Wrigley Field, Chicago Illinois by Teresa Klostermann of Teresa K photography

And you certainly cannot go to the ballpark without getting a super yummy Chicago dog, celery salt and all!!

Yummy Chicago Dog, Chicago style, Wrigley Field, Chicago Illinois by Teresa Klostermann of Teresa K photography

More details from the trip are here in this slideshow. I hope you enjoy Mr. Rufus Wainwright. He’s quite a character. Tim and I both give our offical seal of approval to the city of Chicago. I’m sure we’ll be back!

9 thoughts on “Our mini vacation to Chicago, the windy city

  1. OMG, you are the best! I just got back from Chicago and you make the city more amazing that it is in life!! I'm impressed once again!! Sandy

  2. I LOVE this blog!!! Its one of my favorites…I never had a desire to go, but after seeing this I think Im going!!!

  3. I always enjoy seeing what you and your family are up to. Looks like you had a great trip. The pictures are GREAT as usual. You have such a great eye for photos. Keep them coming. We will all be able to say we knew her before she became a famous photographer.

  4. Awesome Chicago pics! Just went up there to do my final project for my intro digital photography class :), bookmarking your page!

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