Two summers ago our family vacation was to Chicago to do the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon and I wanted to share some of my favorite places with you guys.

Our first stop was the waterfront. It was so beautiful and just a little windy.


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The Bean! This was one of the things I was most excited to see in Chicago. Honestly, I’m not sure why I just think it’s a really cool landmark. The second time we visited the Bean was at night and we got to see a proposal!


The line inside was way shorter but how could I pass up the opportunity to get a cupcake from an ATM?


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Another thing that was amazing about Chicago was the architecture! I wish we could have gone on an architecture tour but there’s just not enough time in the day. The building on the far right is actually a parking garage!

I can’t even tell you how many pictures I have of that rhombus building at night. So beautiful!

Another fun spot to go to was Navy Pier. We did not get to ride the Centennial Wheel because we were there during the Centennial celebration but there is still so much to do there!  We could have walked up and down the pier all day!

And how could we not go to Wrigley! I’ll always be a Red Sox girl at heart but I think Wrigley is the Fenway of the National League.

Some other fun things we did: stop at White Castle and take a double decker bus tour!


Last but not least the actual race! It was such a nice route around the city of Chicago. I would definitely go back and do it again if I had the chance. As a lover of all bling, I convinced my family to do the remix challenge: a 5k one day and then the half marathon the next. The weather was so great while I was running but as soon as i finished the sky opened up and it was pouring!

To wrap things up if you ever have the chance to go to the Windy City… take me with you! It was so fun exploring a new place and I’m counting down the days until I’m back!

Happy travels!