Jessica Ashley wears inappropriately high heels to the playground and is author of the single-mom-in-the-city blog, Sassafrass. Jessica's work appears on Huffington Post Live, GalTime, TakePart, AOL and Yahoo! Shine, where she was a founding senior editor. She’s the mother of one boy, and the proof is in the pile of Star Wars Lego guys at the bottom of her purse.
Traveling to Chicago or planning to be a tourist in your own city? With so many vibrant neighborhoods, acclaimed restaurants, towering skyscrapers and hip-shaking entertainment, it can be a trick to put together an itinerary that works best for your time, budget and kids. We’ve narrowed it down to the best of all the greats in the second city (and some of them are even free!).
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Cloud Gate (also known as The Bean) at Millennium Park
Ask a Chicagoan on the street to point you to the Cloud Gate and expect to get a quizzical stare in response. But bring up “The Bean” and most city-dwellers will smile and tell you exactly where this beloved outdoor structure sits in Millennium Park. The 110-ton seamless stainless steel installation was created by British artist Anish Kapoor and inspired by liquid mercury. Snap plenty of photos of what’s reflected in The Bean -- the skyscrapers, the sunshine, the inevitable marriage proposal, and yourself! Click here for more information.
Read more of Jessica’s adventures as a single mom in the city at Sassafrass. Meet up on Twitter. Ogle shoes together on Pinterest.