A touristy day off in Chicago

Chicago friends: You don’t have to go far to get the chance to be a tourist in a world-class city.

That’s what Adam and I did last week. Taking advantage of the summer weather and a vacation day, we spent a day as Chicago tourists. It was a great way to break up a normal week, and I think you all should do it too!

Need an example of what to do? Just do what we did.

BRUNCH
Kanela Breakfast Club, 502 E. Illinois St., Chicago

We started the morning with brunch at Kanela, which is conveniently the closet brunch location to Navy Pier that isn’t actually IN Navy Pier.

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Kanela turned out not to be our favorite restaurant, so if we could do this again, we’d probably recommend Yolk instead, just a bit west of Kanela at 355 E. Ohio Street.

 

SPEED BOAT TOUR
Seadog Cruses, Chicago Lakefront Speedboat Tour, departs from Navy Pier

I’ve been on dozens of boat tours around Chicago, but never a boat as fast as this. Notice how pretty and neat our hair is in the photo above? Check us out as we’re speeding through Lake Michigan:

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And the after photo:

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Chicago’s heat was definitely turned on that day, but speedboating on the lake almost made me wish I had brought a jacket … and a comb.

 

NAVY PIER CENTENNIAL WHEEL
Navy Pier

Navy Pier’s new Ferris wheel opened this year in honor of Navy Pier’s 100th birthday. Bigger, taller, and faster than the old ride, this one has enclosed compartments that each seat eight guests.

We enjoyed chatting with our new friends, tourists from a town of 6,000 people in Nebraska. I loved the chance to see my beloved city through their eyes!

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TASTE OF CHICAGO

We ended our day of fun by eating every single food item offered at the Taste of Chicago.

Just kidding.

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But we enjoyed popsicles, pierogies, cheesecake, corn on the cob, and more at Chicago’s annual eat-your-heart-out event.

And then, we went home to collapse.

 

So, Chicago friends … take a vacation day, go explore the zillions of things offered in our home town, and then let me know how it goes. Okay, or just invite me to come along. Have blog, will travel!

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