Hello friends, good day to all, I hope your week is going fantastic so far!

We took a little trip to Chicago about two weeks ago. It was a spur of the moment, amazingly awesome trip. In my early photography years, I spent a lot of time looking for inspiration and beautiful places around the Unites States and the world, I always seemed to stumble upon Chicago. Since then, it was high on my list of places to visit.

I had always wanted to visit The Windy City, see the architecture and super famous Cloud Gate at Millennium Park, better known as "The Bean".

The city has completely exceeded my expectations, from start to finish.

We stayed in the heart of downtown Chicago at The Palmer House, a charming, regal, beautiful hotel. The lobby looks like a gigantic royal ballroom, it takes your breath away, every time. The hotel is full of history and there is a rather romantic story behind it. If that sort of thing interests you, you can read more about the hotel here.

In my search for information about this then mysterious city, I had heard that Chicago was a foodie's paradise. The rumors were true!

We had a lovely lunch shortly after our arrival, the place is called Seven Lions on Michigan Avenue, very close to our hotel. Seven Lions has a really cool, hip vibe, which we loved and the food was different and super tasty, not the usual american restaurant. Another place we visited was an Italian place called Acanto on Michigan Avenue, it was more of a new age, modern Italian place and they made me what I think is the tastiest drink I have ever had, it is called #18. We also paid a visit to a very famous steak house, Gibsons, not my favorite steak ever but really quite the experience. We had the biggest, mightiest piece of ice cream cake ever at Gibsons. So mighty, that we shared it with the table next to us!

Overall, Chicago's food experience was second to none!

Here are other places we visited, which were just as delicious:

Hot Woks Cool Sushi on Michigan Avenue.

Corner Bakery, if you are into having the BEST croissant of your life.

Bandera on The Magnificent Mile. 

Chicago offers so many options of things to do, it was one of my favorite things about the city. So much to experience!

We visited the Museum of Science and Industry, it was such a fantastic experience. If you are into science, weather, how things are built and space science (among many other cool things) then this is that place you should definitely visit while vacationing in Chicago. I was amazed and in awe, but then again, I am a closet nerd.

If you are into fitness, you have to go to The Magnificent Mile and visit the Under Armour Store. It is fantastic, trust me.

I would have to say the highlight of the trip, the highlight of so many highlights was seeing the wonderful "Bean" and Millennium Park. For as long as maybe six or seven years, it has been a dream of mine to visit the city and to see this cool, mysterious thing called Cloud Gate. It is larger than I had envisioned and much more mesmerizing up close.

During our trip to Chicago we explored, indulged, walked, ran, screamed, and at a point stood outside in -13 degree weather just to get "the shot" always with smiles on our faces and bellies filled with laughter. There is so much to see, just book the flight and walk outside!

A resolution came to mind for this and the coming years, to travel more. To experience places like these for the first time, camera in hand and Steve by my side.

My iPhone tells me I walked around 40,000 steps during the trip, I will always remember where each step took me during our wonderful trip to the captivating city of Chicago.

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