I just came back from a long weekend in Chicago! Even though it’s a short one-hour flight from Toronto, I’d never once visited the Windy City.
It now competes with San Francisco for being my all-time favorite American City.
The front desk of my hostel in Wicker Park, Holiday Jones. A fairly new hostel, you can book a private room here starting at around $27 US or 20 euros per night.
Bangers and Lace, a bar just across the street from the hostel serves up a fabulous drink list in a beautiful setting.
It’s still Christmas at Macy’s.
Having fun with “The Bean” in Millenium Park.
The park looks pretty, even in wintry cold temperatures.
Then it was time to warm up and have a drink with a view at the Signature Lounge in the John Hancock Center.
The buildings in Chicago all seem to have such character and charm.
This includes the interiors, such as this one in the Fine Arts Building – America’s oldest artist colony.
Checked out the last day of Winter WonderFest where Navy Pier is transformed into an indoor amusement park. It even included this skating rink!
Although it was cold, it was nice to wander around Navy Pier and see frozen Lake Michigan.
Then this happened and the photographer in me went a little crazy.
Sunset that night in Chicago left me speechless. It was very different from viewing Iceland’s Geysir Geothermal Field at sunset only 2 weeks before – but equally as stunning and powerful.
Sadly, it was time to leave and head back home to Toronto. But not before getting treated to one last sunset!
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