So I know my latest post was about Chicago, but seeing as I went back there after 5 days off I thought it only best to upload some more pictures of this beautiful city!
In my days off beforehand I decided to go home and surprise mum…it didn’t quite go to plan as I ended up not getting on the first flight I tried as it was completely overbooked, so I got the first flight to Europe which ended up being Milan, then connected on to Vienna, and finally running and catching a train to Klagenfurt without about 10 seconds to spare! I was more than a little tired after two nights without a bed (CRC coming home on the overnight flight from Chicago, then getting a few hours sleep in a not-so-comfy economy seat!) but it was great to be home for a few days.
We popped up to the house in the mountains to get it ready for some guests who were arriving the next day, and also had a long walk through the woods behind the house.
Looking pretty pleased with my find!
We found so many mushrooms and could easily have picked loads more if we’d brought bigger boxes with us!
I had a lovely time at home catching up with friends and family, but all too soon it was time to head back to Dubai ready for my next flight, back to the Windy City!
As August was my “second-top” bidding month, I’d bid for Chicago (one of our newest destinations, launched on the 5th of August) and been rostered 2 flights there. And I happened to be flying with the lovely Alina from the Ukraine again, which was awesome.
A group of us decided to go to the SkyDeck at the Willis Tower, which is on the 103rd floor. It’s the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, so not quite as high as the Burj Khalifa but still pretty impressive! We managed to get caught in a downpour on our way there, but luckily I’d learned from last time and brought my umbrella with me!
We got to the top of the tower just as the sun was beginning to set, so we saw the incredible view by day as well as by night.
After admiring the spectacular view from all sides, we walked to “Lou Malnati’s”, a deep dish pizza place. We’d wanted to try the traditional deep dish pizza the last time but hadn’t been able to, so made sure it was on our to-do list this time. There was quite a wait and it was definitely busier than I’d expected for a weeknight but we sat outside with a drink until we got a table. We’d pre-ordered our pizzas as they apparently take 40-50 minutes to cook!
It may look small but it was very very filling! Tasty, but I have to say I think I prefer normal pizza!
The next morning Alina and I went for some breakfast and then decided to do the architectural boat tour, which we hadn’t been able to do the week before due to the weather. Luckily the rain man didn’t show his face and we had beautiful sunshine all day!
The tour took us all along the river which runs through the city.
The river cruise was a brilliant way to see the city and all of the amazing buildings and I’m so glad the weather was on our side this time and we managed to do it!
After the boat dropped us back off at our starting point, we decided to get the “L” (short for elevated) train which runs above the city. We’d spotted a Boeing building whilst on the boat trip and wanted to see if we could find any cool souvenirs to take home!
After a spot of shopping we walked back through the Theatre District up to our hotel, just time for a short rest before the wake-up call.
What a beautiful city, and I was lucky enough to go there twice! I’m keeping my fingers crossed that our layover will get extended to 48 hours (instead of just over 24) as it’s really not long enough! I hope to come back one day soon 🙂