I got my MBA from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign back in 1998. It doesn´t seem to be that long ago, but once you say 1998 you realize it was really last century. This is one of the reasons I wanted to go with the family to Chicago, and so we finally did! A lot has changed since I was last there, or maybe the fact that this time I was going with Gabriel and the girls made it all so different and super amazing!
Traveling with kids to big cities is not always easy, but is always fun and doable. When the girls were 3 and 5, and Ari wasn´t even in our imagination, we went to Paris and spent 5 days looking for the Aristocats! It might sound dumb but it made our time there with them a lot of fun, it fueled their imagination and allowed us to walk every inch of Paris without a major meltdown. after that we´ve made it all the way to Istambul with them, and have always managed to mix culture with fun!
Chicago was a super easy city to visit with kids, there are many museums, an aquarium, planetarium, about a million parks, gardens, walk ways, mini water parks everywhere, boats, zoo, and even though it can get crowded there is a lot of space fro everyone to feel comfortable.
So here are the things we did:
This was definitely our favorite place in Chicago, you can either go and spend there one whole day, or go everyday at any time of the day for a little while to cool off and let the kids be for a while! There is The Bean, the Pavilion, The Water Walls, The Art Institute of Chicago, different parks for kids of all ages, and the Buckingham Fountain. I always carried Ari´s bathing suit and a change of clothe with me just in case we bumped into some kind of water... which by the way was always freezing because it comes directly from the lake, the cool thing is that I never saw a child complaining about it!
If you ask Ari, am sure this was her favorite place in the city! The water, the splashing, the kids, the laughing, the faces..... everything was fun!
One of our favorite moments was a concert we enjoyed at the Pavilion. I don´t really know what orchestra was playing or what it was playing... but the whole experience of sitting there with my family, surrounded by people all just enjoying life at its best was sublime!
Lakefront Trail, Grant Park and Museums
Be sure to rent a bike and sit on every piece of grass you find along the way to enjoy the skyline.... amazing really, we loved it!
If you want to amaze your children, you can as simple as try different forms of transportation and you are guaranteed a good time... if this includes a boat, well even better!
I think we chose the perfect time to come to the Pier.... it wasn´t hot, it wasn´t crowded and we got to enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets!
,Willis Tower and Financial District
Cool... fun and exciting! The fun starts when you get on the elevator to go up more than 100 floors.... and then standing on that glass cube above the city was thrilling! In this picture we look like a regular and well behaved family... well.... let me remind you that we are latin, and we tend to be a little loud, so getting all of us to sit there still, as if it was completely normal were we were, was not an easy task.. am sure it probably made some one else´s day!
Lincoln Park and Chicago ZOO
Children and animals, there is this special bond that they have that I love to see, and in this Zoo the experience is up close and personal! This was the most amazing zoo ever, it was free, beautiful, and I had never seen Gorillas so close to me before!
And then of course.... of the week that we spent in Chicago, my fondest memories are the good times that this 4 gave us each and every day! So yes, as I always say family is hard work, sometimes even exhausting.... but once you have a second to look into your children´s smiles... the world turns into the most perfect place, and there is no place you would rather be!
Hi! my name is Carolina Perisse de Rico, I am a stay at home architect with the biggest project ever... my girls! The oldest is 16, then I have an 14 year old, and my miracle baby who is 6. Glad you are here, hope you stay a while!
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