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Gene & Amber in Chicago

We were going back to my family reunion in Ohio so we thought we would make a little vacation out of our trip and spend a few extra days in Chicago.

We didn't realize Chicago had so many things to see and do. We landed at O'hare airport and took a train directly from the airport to downtown Chicago (only cost $1.75 each). We were dropped off exactly 1 block from our awesome hotel, the Kimpton Hotel Allegro Chicago. I would recommend this downtown location to everyone.

We had no need for a car since everything was a short walk, or a short taxi away. We started by getting the Chicago Citypass. The Citypass included addmission tickets to the locations below; unfortunately, we were unable to make it to the Art Institute of Chicago because we ran out of time. However, we did make it to all the other attractions.

The Hancock Observatory
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Field Museum
Shedd Aquarium
Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum
Museum of Science and Industry

This is our view from the 103rd floor of Sears Tower. You can see the Hancock Observatory (black building on far left nearest the water) from the Sears Tower. We had to go to the Sears Tower because it's such a landmark, but I liked the Hancock Tower a little better because the lines were much shorter and the view was just as good.

We're a couple of space cadets at the Museum of Science and Industry. The MSI was huge and interactive. You could spend several days checking this place out.

We also had to try out some real Chicago Style pizza. We went to Gino's East because that's supposedly where it all started. Ummm Good. We also went to the House Of Blues and got a lot of FREE drinks from our coolio bartender. He was giving us all the drinks they screwed up... we couldn't keep up, but we tried.

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