Last weekend my daughter and I spent 24 hours in the city of Chicago for a “girls weekend”. A girls weekend is something I have always dreamed of doing with my daughter ever since my mother took me on my first getaway many years ago when I was just a little girl. After that weekend years ago, I saw my mother a little bit differently. She was human. She was fun and that was when our relationship began to blossom. I wanted that for my daughter and I and I knew that it was time. Ever since my daughter started school I could feel that our closeness was slipping. We needed to re-kindle it.
I didn’t want to take this trip into the big city alone, so I invited my sister, her daughter and my mother to come along with us. On Saturday morning we packed up our bags and headed out to explore together. The very first thing we did, in order to settle the girls, was to visit the American Girl store. None of us had ever been before, but the girls were ready with their dolls tightly gripped under their arms. We walked through the doors of the ginormous store and took a minute to let it all sink in. Wow. Dolls everywhere. Matching clothes for you and your doll. A doll hair stylist, a hospital, ear piercing and more! The two young girls tore through the store giddy with laughter. After just a smidgen of spoiling we were able to coax the girls out into the mall that laid adjacent to the store for a little bit more exploring. However, once we were able to get them out of the American Girl store we found ourselves smack dab in front of the Lego store, another one of their favorites. This store was pretty neat though and I loved the wall of colored Lego’s.
After finally making our way into the streets we decided that food was in order. The Cheesecake factory sounded like a plan! I ordered the soup of the day (since it was rather cold and windy in the city) and enjoyed every last drop. After eating we retreated to our hotel room to relax and shuffle through our purchases. My daughter was skipping down the hallway, excited to be on her first adventure and I was loving her enthusiasm.
The next morning we headed over to the Shedd Aquarium. We didn’t have much time to spend here since we had tickets to the Sound of Music at the Civic Opera House, but none the less we wanted to see what we could. Just a word of advice. If you don’t have much time to spend at Shedd Aquarium ask for the general admission tickets. They are only a couple of bucks and let you see all of the small aquariums in the downstairs level. Plus, it takes about an hour to get through just the downstairs.
What little bit I saw of this aquarium was amazing. I would definitely like to go back and see what the rest of the building holds! Has anyone been to Shedd Aquarium before? What was your favorite part?
After leaving the aquarium we headed straight over to the Civic Opera House where we enjoyed a lovely production of The Sound of Music. On the way there I watched out the window to see people gathering in the park, riding around on bikes and jogging down the pier. I wished that I had more time to spend in the city, but my 24 hours were up. Hopefully sometime we will be able to come back, but I am glad that I got a glimpse into life in the big city. It looks like a lot of fun! Well, you know, besides all of the traffic. I’m not sure I could ever really get used to that anytime soon. 🙂