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Chicago! Our First Family Vacation!!!

We had a wonderful time in the windy city of Chicago (which wasn’t actually windy at all while we were there). This was our first official family vacation together where we weren’t off visiting family or friends in Kansas. Lily had a great time seeing the sites and we had a great time watching her take it all in.

Lily loved the big buildings.
Had to stop from time-to-time to capture a few for her along the way!

First stop! Navy Pier!
It was just a few blocks from our Hotel, so it was perfect for our first outing on arrival day!

Lily said the ferris wheel was too high, so we took in the view from the ground.

Playing in the fountain was so much fun! Perfect end for our first day in Chicago!
This image just melts my heart! They look SO happy and it’s a moment I’ll always cherish!

It rained our first night, but by morning, it was BEAUTIFUL! Lily woke up excited and couldn’t wait to start the day. First thing…climb up the window for a better view of the city!

We decided to walk instead of taking the L. Best decision!

We stopped at a lot of parks along the way to the Aquarium and History Museum.
Lily loved the whales (sorry, no pics to share here…)
The History Museum was a big hit!

Lily really liked the dinosaurs and of course…the views!

On our way back up north toward our hotel, we stopped for a wine tasting. Lily was tuckered, so while she slept, we enjoyed some adult time.

Had to take a portrait of myself too!

And, of course I had to take a portrait of my love.
This was our 11 year anniversary and those eyes melt me every time I look into them.
Ahhh…how I can’t believe how lucky I am to grow old with this man!

Michael had heard about this great German restaurant and boy was it ever delicious!
We left with smiles on our faces, humming Sinatra with bellies full and a new cookbook in tow!
(please tell me we’re not the only ones who take pics of the places we eat…)

Our last full day in the 2nd City, we walked up north and enjoyed the sites from the Hancock Center, did some shopping, went to the beach, enjoyed some deep dish pizza and explored the area!

On the way home, we stopped in south city (yes, I know…) and ate at Calumet Fisheries.
I highly recommend it! Best smoked seafood EVER!
After that, we headed on home listening to Counting Crows almost all the way back to St. Louis and counting our blessing along the way!

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