072514 – 072714 Chicago (Day 3)

For our last day in Chicago, Ly and I tried to utilize our Go Chicago Card as much as possible. But first, we started off with breakfast at Aria once again.

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During our walk towards the Willis Tower, we noticed we were passing by The Art Institute of Chicago, so we decided to stop by for a bit. We did not go through all the galleries, but I was really impressed by the Thorne Miniature Rooms.

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We then made the trek over to the Willis Tower for the Skydeck. Our Go Chicago Card let us skip the long ticket lines, but we still had to wait a good half hour or so to get on the elevators to go up. Visitors got stuffed into the elevators to ride up 103 stories. The views were beautiful! We also waited in line to stand on the ledge, which turned out to be less scary than I thought despite standing on a clear glass floor. Afterwards, Ly and I tried a Chicago Dog from the Willis Tower cafe where we learned from t-shirts at their gift shop that we were not supposed to eat our hot dogs with ketchup. Oops!

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We attempted to ride the Hop On Hop Off Trolley but found out we had to redeem our tickets first. We got dropped off by the trolley to get our tickets, but we ended up walking back to our hotel after waiting too long for the next trolley.

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We took the car and went to the Navy Pier. We were really there for the Architecture River Cruise by Shoreline Sightseeing. While we waited for our tour, we decided to utilize the bike rental that came with our Go Chicago Card. We were not allowed to bike through the pier, so we ended up biking in circles. It turned out to be a pretty good use of time. Plus, we felt like we got our money’s worth from the Go Chicago Card after being able to tackle a good amount of attractions in one day.

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The cruise ended up being very relaxing and informative.

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We decided to just head to the airport after the cruise. It ended up being a good idea due to traffic and long lines passing security. After grabbing food at the airport and waiting for our delayed flight, it was time for us to go back home.

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