Recently, my girlfriend and I made a trip to Chicago. Basically it was a Chicago-in-a-day trip starting downtown and culminating at the friendly confines of Wrigley Field to watch the Cubs play (a can’t miss). So we started at Sears Tower, the tallest building in the U.S. Now a normal tourist would pay to go to the top of the tower, usually about $10 bucks a person, but I knew better. More on that later

Next we made our way over to Millennium Park, with great botanical gardens and the Buckingham Fountain as seen from such shows as “Married with Children” .

Moving on from the park, there are a few directions to go. You can get back on the street, go to the museums or walk around on the coast of Lake Michigan. Much of Chicago’s coast is parkland, thanks in most part to Montgomery Ward who pushed a law prohibiting building on the lake.

I chose Michigan Avenue. Keep going down Michigan Avenue and you are in shopping heaven. The “Miracle Mile” boasts some of the absolute greatest shopping. From Marshall Fields to Burberry to Niketown, there is certainly something for everyone. Don’t let the great shopping however, distract you from the beautiful architecture. Along the way, you will see the Wrigley Building. Take a closer look and you will see that they built it with pieces from monuments all around the world, like the Taj Majal and London Bridge, just to name a couple. Chicago is full of hidden treasures like this. Right near the Wrigley building you can take an architecture tour and learn more about the buildings that line the street and just as interesting, the people who built and inhabited them.Wrigley Building, Chicago

This is a great time to take a little break and appreciate the city. Lucky for us, we were at the Hancock Tower (now known as 360 Chicago), a similar looking building to the Sears Tower but right in the magnificent mile. Go to the top floor (the 95th floor!) and experience the best view of Chicago- the reason I didn’t go to the top of the Sears Tower. At the top of the Hancock you can pay about $8 for a beer and enjoy the views for free instead of the $10-$12 it costs to get to the top of the Sears!View From Hancock Tower, Chicago

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By then, we were a little tired so it was time to head to Wrigley Field for some pregame food. There is no parking lot around Wrigley Field. It is literally built in the middle of the neighborhood. Restaurant and bars line the streets and on game day, so do the people that make Chicago special.

What a great trip and best of all – Cubs win!

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