Chilling gusts of air blew in from Lake Michigan into the “Windy City” of Chicago as my good friend from college, my sister, and I made our way from the architecture tour boat to the shops along Navy Pier. It was then that I had heard, for the tenth time, that I had picked a terrible weekend to visit Chicago, Illinois—and I definitely realized that.
Temperatures dropped into the low 40’s, and at one point, when we were waiting on a platform to take the “L” across the city, it even began to snow. I quickly learned that the best time to visit the third largest city in the United States are not April through May due to the unpredictability of the weather, but actually in May or June and between September and October.
What I also learned was that Chicago is a beautiful and a fantastic city full of wonderful people, delicious food, gorgeous architecture, and several old and brand new friends that I hold dear to my heart.
My sister and I had a great time exploring the city where our friend was from originally. I channeled my inner Tiffany Haddish and purchased the Chicago Go City Card through Groupon, and we managed to jump on the Shoreline Architecture Tour, panic in the clouds on top of Willis Tower in the SkyDeck, and get lost in the stars at Adler Planetarium.
We made sure the meat-eaters had a Chicago dog, that everyone tried deep-dish pizza at Gino’s East Pizza, and that we walked through Millennium Park to find Cloud Gate (also known as “The Bean”).
We took the “L” to meet up with another friend for dinner at Chicago’s Diner (a vegetarian restaurant), walked by Wrigley Field, went up to the 94th floor of the John Hancock building, and had a ton of fun familiarizing ourselves with the city.
Will I go back to Chicago again in April? No—but I do see myself revisiting the city again in the warmer and less unpredictable months, as far as weather goes. It truly is a wonderful city.
Check out the vlog I made while I was in Chicago.