chicago vacation
by way of mt. rushmore

by @according2kelly on August 13, 2013

we spent the morning with a few presidents. can you name all four?

mt-rushmore

classically awkward family family vacation photos. self-imposed bunny ears is my favorite.

awkward-photos

pretty sure MY face will be the next addition to mt. rushmore – it’s the perfect fit!

according-to-kelly-mt-rushmore

good bye south dakota, hello chicago!

chicago-flight

the view from the sky deck at the top of the willis tower (aka the sears tower) is AHHH-mazing.

sears-tower-view

namaste from the top of the world. or at least from the top of the willis tower (aka the sears tower).

 

sears-tower

made some new friends at millenium park.

millenium-park

the famous “bean” found inside millenium park captivated the kids (& me).

chicago-bean

practicing his moon walk at the museum of science & industry – one small step at a time.

space-science-museum

hot dog chicago style: mustard, relish, chopped onion, tomato, dill pickle spear, 2 peppers & celery salt. (rumor has it, it’s “illegal to put ketchup on your hot dog within the city limits of chicago).

chicago-dog

carousels & ferris wheels & swings, oh my! navy pier in chicago is practically paradise according to my kids.

navy-pier

the chicago skyline from navy pier at dusk is absolutely breathtaking – twinkle twinkle little lights.

chicago-skyline

eating our way thru chicago – next stop was gino’s east for “legendary” deep dish pizza.  #deepdishvirgin

ginos

on top of spaghetti, all covered with cheese, i lost my poor meatball, when somebody sneezed.

meatball

take me out to the ball game, take me out with the crowd.

cubs

let me root, root, root for the home team. if they don’t win it’s a shame.

cubs-game

it’s an american classic – “american gothic” at the art institute chicago. think he used the pitchfork to scare away the boys from his teenage daughter?

american-gothic

fell in love all over again with monet at the art institute chicago. even if he’s paintings only look good from afar & are a big old mess up close (at least according to cher in clueless).

monet

a dinosaur named sue – the world’s largest, most complete, best preserved tyrannosaurus rex at the field museum.

dino-named-sue

& of course, we had to bring a little chicago home with us, in the form of  our version of garrett’s popcorn legendary chicago mix – a blend of caramelcrisp & cheesecorn popcorn. it may sound strange, but it’s strangely delicious (we prefer to mix a medium bag of caramelcrisp with a small bag of cheesecorn for a higher caramel concentration).

garretts-popcorn-mix

 

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