Christmas in Chicago

 

xmas in chicagoI spy us in “The Bean.”xmas in chicagoxmas in chicagoLOVE this real tree. The imperfection makes it beautiful.xmas in chicagoxmas in chicago

xmas chicagoWe saw three different ice skating rinks in the city. Admission is free but there is a skate rental fee.xmas chicagoxmas chicagoChicago’s Zoo is covered with lights… and it’s free. What’s not to love?xmas chicagoxmas chicagoChicago’s deep dish pizza. Basically cheese with tomato sauce… But so good.xmas chicagoFor us it was cold that day (40 degrees), but warm for Chicago standards.xmas chicagoChristmas decor is on every Chicago corner. It makes the city look so festive. xmas chicagoThe best view of Chicago is from the very top of the Hancock Building. xmas chicagoxmas chicagoxmas chicagoThis was so cool. Chicago runs a Holiday Train that everyone loves. People cram into the crowded train with happy, smiling faces. I was so touched by how much everyone loves it.xmas chicagoThe Baha’i House of Worship is composed of white cement and quartz crystals. The temple is listed as one of the Seven Wonders of Illinois. The design just blew my mind.xmas chicagoxmas chicagoxmas chicagoThe German Christkindl Market brought back lots of memories of my childhood in Germany. Is anyone familiar with Mohrenkoepfe?xmas chicagoxmas chicagoI just returned from visiting my daughter Melody who lives in Chicago. She had finished her finals and invited me to see Chicago during the holiday season. I helped her move there in August and decided I love Chicago during every season. In my opinion, Chicago has a similar energy to New York City, but Chicago is cleaner, less crowded and much more family friendly. There is no shortage of activities around the city, which are easily accessible by train or bus.

My daughter was my tour guide and I loved every minute of it. We had so much fun visiting the Chicago Zoo at night, The Baha’i House of Worship, the Holiday Train, Christkindl Market, Hancock Building, etc. The city is beautiful – full of lights and Christmas decor.

This was also my first time taking the Megabus, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.

megabusxmas chicagomegabusThe Megabus offers fares for as low as $1. My fare to Chicago was $10 each way. The Megabus has free Wi-Fi, is clean, and on time. The bus wasn’t full so I had two seats to myself. I was not compensated by Megabus in any shape or form to say this. Just my personal experience I wanted to share with you.

 

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