I have never been to Chicago, nor have I gone somewhere that is cold more than 50% of the year. The last time I even frolicked through snow was when I was in middle school so having a Southern California-raised gal travel to Chicago, where the weather is the most frigid (I am talking right at the beginning of the new year), is probably one of the more impulsive decisions I have made in a while. None of the less, I really enjoyed my time and I will do my best to describe what it was that I did in each of the photos. This time around, I did not shop as much as I was there for the sake of leisure and spending time with the beau. Without further ado, here are snaps of what went down in the cold, windy city of Chicago, IL.
I left for Chicago on January 2nd, 2015 and departed for Los Angeles on the 6th, making this trip one of the shortest trips I have taken in a while. After a long and stressful semester at school, all I really wanted to do was to take a trip somewhere to get my mind off of what has already happened and to look forward for a fresh new year. A lot has happened in Chicago from sight-seeing to watching fresh snow falling, to surviving a crazy Uber driver's inability to drive in snow and to the realization that United Airlines does not open until 4AM. So much has happened in Chicago, but through all of the adventures, laughter and memories made there I cannot see myself living anywhere else. I have left my heart in Chicago, but I will definitely be back for it soon enough and (fingers crossed) for good.
I wanted to give a quick shout out to the strangers that I came across while I was engrossed into the city's beauty and to The Hampton Inn located at The Magnificent Mile (160 E Huron St Chicago, IL 60611). The staff was amazing for letting me check in 3 hours early and for caring about my well-being the entire time I stayed there. The free Wi-Fi was amazingly quick and the free breakfast was totally worth waking up to. Not only did they give me one of the best views of downtown (as shown through the photos of the skyscrapers), but I was located on the 30-something-th floor and the elevators were fast. If you ever visit Chicago, I highly recommend you stay at that hotel (plus, no hidden charges - woot). Just note that parking is valet only and it is $60/night.
I cannot wait to be back again soon!