Chicago the Sequel

I can’t believe we’ve been here two and a half weeks already!  Time sure flies when you’re having fun (and eating nonstop).  Really, when the kids and I were making lists of places and people we wanted to see here in Chicagoland, we must have come up with a dozen different restaurants.  I think we’ve hit them all!  That’s a big reason why I’m so ready to get back home – I think I’ve gained twenty pounds since we got here!

Although I didn’t get to see everyone on my list and I surely didn’t get to spend enough time with those friends I did see, it’s time for us to return home.  It’s so hard saying goodbye to everyone yet again.  My whole family is so very blessed with the most amazing friends in the world.  The lengths they went to in order to make our visit here comfortable and care-free are immeasurable.  The time, effort, and expense they put into it is appreciated more than they know.  I don’t know why God has blessed me with such friends and family, but I’m sure thankful.  I’m certain I don’t deserve them.

Now it’s time to begin our trek back home, but before the neighbors can start rejoicing that “those noisy Meehans are leaving”, I’ll present you with a few more pictures of my beloved Chicago.   I’m so glad I took so many pictures and video while we were here.  I don’t know what people ever did before video!  I used my Sony Handycam to record EVERYTHING while we’ve been on vacation.  I’ll edit it down and cut out some of Clay being goofy because really, how many times can you listen to your kids talk about poop in one video?  But I’m so glad we’ll be able to look back on this vacation and relive all the good times we’ve had.

I hope you enjoy looking at these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.  :)

  • The Chicago River 1 of 11
    The Chicago River
    It's awesome when they dye it green for St. Patrick's Day, but I personally think it stays perpetually greenish. It's pretty, isn't it? That yellow boat is a water taxi.
  • James R. Thompson Center 2 of 11
    James R. Thompson Center
    This curved building just looks cool, especially with the art "Monument with Standing Beast" out front.
  • Daley Plaza 3 of 11
    Daley Plaza
    This ginormous Picasso stands in Daley Plaza right in front of the courthouse. They dyed the water in the fountains red when the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010. I thought it looked like blood. Creepy.
  • Clock 4 of 11
    This iconic clock symbolizes Marshall Field's to Chicagoans (even though the building now houses Macy's). This is on State and Randolph.
  • Smurfit-Stone Building 5 of 11
    Smurfit-Stone Building
    For over 30 years, I thought this was the Prudential Building until one day I had a radio interview and went to this building. I was told that it was not the Prudential Building; the Prudential Building was across the street. With the word "Prudential" written across the top in like 50 foot tall letters. I felt like an idiot.
  • Portillos 6 of 11
    You want a good Chicago dog or Italian beef, you go to Portillos!
  • Cloud Gate 7 of 11
    Cloud Gate
    I just learned that this sculpture is called Cloud Gate. Chicagoans refer to it as "the bean" because of its shape. It wasn't until we went to the Museum of Science and Industry that I discovered its real name.
  • Lou Malnati’s 8 of 11
    Lou Malnati's
    Chicago is known for its deep dish pizza. It's awesome! Uno's (not like the chain restaurants!), Giordano's, Gino's East, Lou Malnati's - all delicious! But Lou's is THE BEST!
  • Woodfield 9 of 11
    Some of you might remember me posting a T-Mobile Home for the Holidays video this past Christmas. It was shot at this mall where I've spent a zillion hours throughout my life. The video totally made me cry! I miss this mall!
  • Buckingham Fountain 10 of 11
    Buckingham Fountain
    This fountain was dedicated way back in 1927. I love it so much! I told my kids I want it in my backyard. Nevermind that it wouldn't even begin to fit there. I want it!
  • The Chicago Skyline 11 of 11
    The Chicago Skyline
    I took this picture a couple years ago while sailing on Lake Michigan, but I wanted to include it because it's just a cool looking photo of the lakefront and Navy Pier. A storm had just rolled through and the lighting was simply amazing.

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