Everyone remembers their senior class trip in high school. Mine happened to be in Chicago, Illinois and it was a blast. My classmates and I piled into the greyhound buses our supervisors rented for the weekend and we were off to Chicago for my very first time. It was an amazing city and I cannot wait to visit again.
On the night of our arrival, we got to see the Blue Man Group! I was in the 3rd row so I was right in the splash zone. I was given a poncho to wear during the show. The experience was awesome-paint was flying everywhere. I loved the creativity that was put into every little detail of the show. The music, acting, instruments, paint and atmosphere was electric!
During the trip, I also got to go to the Lincoln Park Zoo. The Lion House made the stop definitely worth the trip. Not to mention that this zoo is free to the public. What a deal!
We got to walk around and explore the Navy Pier and Michigan Ave/ The Magnificent Mile all afternoon where there was fantastic shopping! I definitely recommend checking out HERSHEY’S store to all you chocolate lovers. I also got to try my first real Chicago Deep Dish Pizza! We of course had to stop and take pictures at the Chicago Bean (or Cloud Gate, which is its actual name) like every tourist.
My favorite place that we got to go to was the Shedd Aquarium! They had beluga whales, dolphins, sharks, penguins and more! I love aquariums, but most of all, I love dolphins. I was so excited for the aquarium because I was told they had a dolphin show. I rushed into the aquarium so I could purchase my dolphin show ticket, but when I got to the front of the line, the tickets were all sold out. I was very disappointed and so were my friends. After exploring the aquarium, we went to where the show was taking place so we could peak in through the curtains and watch it. The security guard saw me and a few of my friends trying to watch the show and he actually let us in to see the show for free without a ticket! He, and the dolphins, made my day.
The final attraction that we went to was the Willis Tower Skydeck, the second tallest building in the world, for the ultimate view of Chicago. It was beautiful and a little bit freaky at the same time because we were up so high and all the walls are glass. Here is a fun fact about the Skydeck: At 1,353 feet in the air, the Ledge’s glass boxes extend out 4.3 feet from the Skydeck. To those of you afraid of heights, conquer your fears and go up close to the glass. It is a beautiful view that everyone should experience for themselves, not through a picture.
All in all, I had an amazing time in Chicago. Not because of where we stayed, but because of all the adventures we had by going out and exploring the city.
I only leave you with one request. Be in the center of everything. Immerse yourself into your location. Your hotel is just a place to sleep. You have the whole city to experience and see, why waste any time in a hotel!? Save money so you can do greater and better things like use the money you saved to go to the aquarium, see the dolphin show, ride the Ferris Wheel on the Navy Pier, enjoy all the recommended Chicago foods, spend a little more on shopping or go to the Blue Man Group show. Get out and see the world. Create priceless memories.
The Red Roof Inn located right on the Magnificent Mile is the perfect place to stay with low budget rates so you can get more out of your travel experience. Not to mention, it is in the middle of a great attraction!
Want some more help planning your Chicago vacation? Check out Red Roof Inn’s attraction page which lists things to do and see in Chicago! http://www.redroof.com/local_deals/experience_chicago/
Safe travels and adventures to you all,