My Summer Vacation Plan

by Sue

I always wanted to visit Chicago. I became even more fascinated by this city after I heard my friends talking about their visit to it. Their excitement finally convinced my husband and me to stop dreaming and do it! This summer we will spend part of our holidays in Chicago. The plan at this point is to stay 4 or 5 days, but we can always extend our holiday another day or 2, if we want.

Of course, we’ll have to decide soon so that we can book a hotel at a cheaper price. Chicago is probably just like other big cities where it’s harder to find good spots during the busy summer tourist season. Our goal is to snag an affordable downtown hotel, walking distance to lots of things. There seems to be a good selection. Thanks for your information.

We have already started a list outlining where we want to go in Chicago. So far our top choices are:

1) The Art Institute of Chicago: My husband and I are both contemporary art fans so this place is #1 on our list. We are really excited about seeing its Impressionist collection.

2) John G. Shedd Aquarium: We have heard a lot about this aquarium. So far we haven’t found anyone who went to Chicago and didn’t visit it. I am just dying to go there.

3) Adler Planetarium: This place is on our list for a couple of reasons. First, it’s the oldest planetarium on the earth and second, the antique astronomical instruments and books will be fun to see. I like the combination of history and science.

4) Brookfield Zoo: Of course, we can’t bypass Chicago’s famous attraction. It will be impressive to see more than 3000 animals in one place. If we are short on time, I don’t want to miss seeing the butterfly tent, the dolphin exhibit, the pandas and Binti Jua the gorilla.

5) Chicago Botanic Garden: What’s more relaxing on a holiday than sitting quietly by a lake, breathing in fresh air and holding hands with someone you love? I can hardly wait. I’m sure that I will see lots of different plants. I won’t know their names but that’s OK. I don’t pretend to be a gardener.

6) Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Tour: This spot get a high score for my husband. He loves architecture and is anxious to learn more about Wright.

7) Navy Pier: What’s a vacation without shopping?

8) The Sears Tower and Water Tower: Remember how I said my husband likes architecture? Throw in a bit of history and my husband is a very happy man.

9) The Lakefront: We have heard from many people and read on your site about the jazz scene in Chicago. I know that we won’t be disappointed with the shows or clubs. My toes are tapping already.

There is so much to do in Chicago. 4 -5 days will be too short for really exploring the area. That’s why I’m making my list. My husband and I want to enjoy every second that we spend there.

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