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My Kind of Town, Chicago Is . . .

When I was house-hunting in Florida last May, my realtor drove me past downtown Orlando. I asked him, “So this is where all the restaurants, museums, and theaters are?” He laughed at me. Orlando is not exactly a cultural mecca. Theme park capital of the world? Yes. Enriching civilization? Notsomuch. Over the past year, I’ve found myself missing Chicago.

There’s just something about Chicago.  I love this city!  Having six kids, I wouldn’t really want to live IN the city (and I loathe the winters here), but I always loved having Chicago close by so we could take advantage of all it has to offer.  As much as I love Florida, I do miss that.

Today, the kids and I paid our favorite city a little visit, and as usual, the city did not disappoint. We started our trip with a short ride on the L into the city. Leaving the blue line at Washington, we walked over to Millennium Park where we grabbed some hotdogs for lunch . . .

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  • Now THIS is a hotdog! 1 of 13
    Now THIS is a hotdog!
    I can't even find Vienna Beef dogs in Florida! You need the Vienna Beef dogs with the steamed poppy seed buns and all the fixins for it to be a REAL hotdog!
  • No ketchup allowed! 2 of 13
    No ketchup allowed!
    I don't make this stuff up. It's the law! Mustard, relish, onion, tomatoes, peppers, and pickle. That's it.
  • The bean 3 of 13
    The bean
    The iconic "bean" just screams Chicago. My little kids always like to lie on the ground under it. I'm sure there's nothing gross about that at all.
  • The water wall 4 of 13
    The water wall
    There are two walls that face each other and randomly spit on people. There's just nothing like playing in a pool of someone's saliva. It's a fun and FREE way to cool off in the city.
  • sculpture 5 of 13
    sculpture
    This was sitting in Millennium Park. The statues and sculptures change every time I'm down there.
  • Lake Michigan 6 of 13
    Lake Michigan
    My kids all walked over and sat down by themselves. I didn't have to pose them at all! Then I noticed they were trying to feed rocks to a goose. :::shaking my head::: I love this lake! If you have the chance to go sailing or take a cruise on the lake, do it! You get the most awesome view of the skyline that way!
  • Buckingham Fountain 7 of 13
    Buckingham Fountain
    I love this fountain in Grant Park so much! It looks even more awesome at night when it's lit up with different colors. I want this in my backyard! (Does it remind anyone else of Married with Children?)
  • The L 8 of 13
    The L
    This is the elevated subway that runs from the suburbs into and around the city. The CTA is an easy way to get around the city. (You can see Brooklyn's and Clayton's heads in the picture because they conned Austin and Jackson into carrying them.)
  • Mmmmm Garrett’s 9 of 13
    Mmmmm Garrett's
    This is Garrett's famous "Chicago Mix" popcorn. It's cheese corn and caramel crisp corn mixed together. It might sound a little gross, but it's DA BOMB!
  • The skyline 10 of 13
    The skyline
    I love Chicago's skyline. This is the view from atop the Sears Tower. I don't care if "they" rename it The Willis Tower; it will always be the Sears Tower. They started building this the year I was born (1970).
  • The Ledge 11 of 13
    The Ledge
    Here are the kids out on The Ledge atop the Sears Tower. Do you have the nerve to walk out there? Personally, I think it's pretty pricy to go to the top of the tower. In my opinion, you're better off going to the Signature Room on top of the Hancock for the same view.
  • Eek! 12 of 13
    Eek!
    It's a little freaky standing out here. I broke my cardinal rule (no full-length pictures of me) just to prove that I did it!
  • My son, the acrobat 13 of 13
    My son, the acrobat
    Jackson wanted me to take pictures of him doing backflips in front of the bean, and the lake, and the fountain, and on top of the Sears Tower. (You should've heard the loud thud this made. He scared the crap out of a dozen people!)

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