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Chicago Trip!

My girls and I returned from our trip to Chicago for Sunshine’s 14th birthday a little over a week ago. We had way too much fun. We had been looking forward to this trip for quite a while and I can’t believe that it has already come and gone.

Me and my girls

We took the train.

It was our first time on an Amtrak train and we actually enjoyed the 5.5 hour ride from St. Louis.

Train from St. Louis to Chicago

The train station in St. Louis was VERY tiny, but Union Station in Chicago was huge and beautiful!! One thing that surprised me…..nothing, no luggage, no person NOTHING was scanned thru any kind of security.

There was a snack car on board, where you could get drinks, snacks even a sandwich or pizza. The snack car has tables, so occasionally we would sit in there and play cards.

Each seat on the train had a power outlet, that was nice for plugging in a computer, DVD player, or even charging your phone.

Like airline travel, purchasing your train tickets in advance is cheaper, and train tickets are much cheaper than airfare. An adult ticket round trip from St. Louis to Chicago was only $56!

We shopped the Magnificent Mile

Shopping collage

Enjoyed GREAT food!!

Chicago food collage

Our favorites were Ed Debevics, Carson’s Ribs and Bubba Gumps. Fantastic food and service at all of them!

Carson’s Ribs is where we ate for Sunshine’s birthday dinner, and she said it was her favorite part of the whole trip!!! The girls both had ribs and I had chicken…..all of it was incredible!

Shedd Aquarium did not disappoint!

Shedd Aquarium collage

Lot’s of photo ops

Chicago collage

We went up in the Sears/Willis Tower and Sky Deck, we took a Fireworks/Architectural cruise and we went to Navy Pier and took the water taxi over to Shedd Aquarium.
We LOVED Chicago

Chicago collage

And I think the girls had a fabulous time!!

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I can’t believe it is over.

If you want to see all of the pictures I took (most have not been edited) but they’re all in a flickr album here

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Back to reality and house work!………because

BRIDGET is coming to visit on Thursday!!!

pop over and read this NEW article about Bridget here!

SOOOO……How about you?
Have you taken a vacation this summer?
Any fun visitors?
What has been the best part of your summer?

 

 

   
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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog, TidyMom.net, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+

63 Responses to “Chicago Trip!”

  1. HoosierHomemade posted on July 22, 2010 at 10:21 pm (#
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    What a fantastic trip and awesome pics! I'm sure you will cherish them forever!
    ~Liz

  2. HoosierHomemade posted on July 22, 2010 at 10:21 pm (#
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    What a fantastic trip and awesome pics! I'm sure you will cherish them forever!
    ~Liz

  3. Self Sagacity posted on July 23, 2010 at 2:26 am (#
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    Thanks for sharing, you did a great job with those mosaics. The red head daughter looks a lot like you. Can't wait until Trinity is old enough to shop with me. :-)

  4. Self Sagacity posted on July 23, 2010 at 2:26 am (#
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    Thanks for sharing, you did a great job with those mosaics. The red head daughter looks a lot like you. Can't wait until Trinity is old enough to shop with me. :-)

  5. Kim posted on July 23, 2010 at 10:28 am (#
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    I live about 3 hours away from Chicago (in MI) and would love to take this trip with my two adult daughters sometime. Thanks for sharing it with all of us.

  6. Kim posted on July 23, 2010 at 10:28 am (#
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    I live about 3 hours away from Chicago (in MI) and would love to take this trip with my two adult daughters sometime. Thanks for sharing it with all of us.

  7. mandi@itscome2this posted on July 23, 2010 at 8:47 pm (#
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    How fun! What a great way to celebrate! And your girls are so pretty too:)

  8. mandi@itscome2this posted on July 23, 2010 at 8:47 pm (#
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    How fun! What a great way to celebrate! And your girls are so pretty too:)

  9. dining tables posted on July 24, 2010 at 5:00 am (#
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    All the pictures tell everything. It seems that you both have a very good time in Chicago. I love the entire picture that you post. The picture with those sea creatures is what I love most.

  10. dining tables posted on July 24, 2010 at 5:00 am (#
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    All the pictures tell everything. It seems that you both have a very good time in Chicago. I love the entire picture that you post. The picture with those sea creatures is what I love most.

  11. Lori posted on July 26, 2010 at 4:38 pm (#
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    I just came back from Chicago! Three days was not enough time, your photos are wonderful and inspire me to go back

  12. Lori posted on July 26, 2010 at 4:38 pm (#
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    I just came back from Chicago! Three days was not enough time, your photos are wonderful and inspire me to go back

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