We just arrived home last night from spending a week in Chicago. We’re completely exhausted, but only because we had a ton of fun and did as much as we could possibly cram in for the week. I took hundreds of photos and we made millions of memories.
Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to go through all my photos soon and post about our adventures here. Except, remember how we went on a cruise in January? And remember how I’ve only posted the first three days of that vacation? Yeah. Maybe I shouldn’t make such grandiose promises.
So, just in case I can’t make good on the promise, here are a few highlights, courtesy of my phone and Instagram.
The highlight of the trip, of course, was the American Girl Place. The girls had been working hard all summer to earn money to spend there, and they were so giddy with excitement that I was glad we had one adult per child most of the time. We went a total of three times. Once with just our family, and later with my mom (she flew out to Chicago and met us there for the second part of the week).
The very best part was going to dinner there. I could never have imagined how neat it would be. I did imagine how expensive it would be, but every bit of money spent was totally worth it. We did it on a whim at the last minute and I am so glad that we did.
The highlight of the trip for my husband was going to the Ravinia Festival to hear the Chicago Symphony play Tchaikovsky. Being there meant being lost in a “sea of humanity” (I thank my friend MaryFran for coining that particular term), but it was really wonderful to be there in the park and to listen to such wonderful music.
My husband didn’t sit with us, instead, he went up to the edge of the amphitheater and watched the symphony. It was hot and muggy and uncomfortable, but watching him smile like a girl in American Girl Place was worth it to me. And hearing the real cannons at the end of the 1812 Overture.
Me? I was just happy to be with my family. I enjoy being in big cities, and this time was no different, and I had a great time.