"We left our kids at home and took a trip to Chicago" by Hannah Lacy

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"We left our kids at home and took a trip to Chicago" by Hannah Lacy

Chicago: a city full of historical architecture. A city where you can see the skyscrapers from the beach. A city where you will eat the best pizza and the best hotdog.
Chicago: the city where my husband and I found ourselves kid free for the first time in years. A city where we made new discoveries and refueled our passion for creativity.skyscrapers
“Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world”- Frank Lloyd Wright. (A native Chicagoan and architect). As we spent several days walking around this culturally and historically rich city it was easy to see why.
Warehouses built decades ago became the main offices for major modern day cooperations. Buildings from different era’s were stacked side by side. Architects from different generations payed homage to the designers and architects who came before them.

As beautiful as the city was it is worth noting the best parts of this trip were the simplest. The little things you learn to appreciate when you have small children. Like drinking a cup of coffee while its still hot. Taking a shower because you feel like it.

Eating out somewhere you’ve never been to. Or ordering in food instead of cooking it yourself. Taking the scenic route home. These are really the perks of any vacation or trip. A break from “normal” life.
We saw and did so much while we were in Chicago. But what I enjoyed the most was the change of environment. And how a new environment invoked a new sense of wonder.
Wondering how people live the way they do, the purpose behind why something was made, wondering about the meaning of the beauty around me. Seeing what existed beyond my own small world made me want to learn more and create more.
On the first day we went on an architecture boat tour. As overrated as it seemed it turned out to be one of the best things we did. Seeing the city from the view of the river and learning the history behind each building was fascinating.
We saw the famous “ bean” sculpture located in millennium park. It reflects the entire city behind you as well as your own reflection. We couldn’t be tourists in Chicago and not see “the bean.”
We were so lucky to have a local show us the sights. It meant we saw most of the things on the “must see” list for Chicago but also beautiful places that didn’t make the list. The Chicago Public Library was one such place.multiculturalbuilding
The outside alone was stunning. Then we went to the top floor and it was an oasis. Huge windows reaching from floor to ceiling filled the room with natural light. The ceiling and walls were built with a bluish/greenish marble. Plants were everywhere. And such sweet silence. I could have stayed there for the rest of the trip.

After a full day of seeing all the things we ended it the only way you can end a full day in Chicago. With a deep dish pizza from Lou Malnatis .

You truly haven’t eaten pizza until you eat a deep dish pizza. The thick flaky crust, the sausage and the sauce on top of the cheese. It was all mouthwatering.
On the second day we went to Garfield park conservatory. Easily my favorite place we visited during our whole stay in Chicago. Every room was like a portal to another place.
garfieldparkconservatoryMy favorite rooms were the dessert room and the fern room. It was like one huge gorgeous indoor garden. The ceilings were built of all windows and there was lush greenery everywhere. A photographers dream and a nature lovers dream.
Then we headed to the “beach” or more appropriately the shores of Lake Michigan. Since I am from Texas seeing water on the shore that wasn’t colored dark brown was a pleasure all its own.lakemichigan-chicago
The breeze blew stronger on the shore. We were able to see the water meet the sky in one direction. And in another-direction  there were sky scrapers and the city.
We finished off day two with an Italian beef sandwich from LuLu’s and grabbed drinks on the 96th floor at the Hancock tower. The best view was in the women’s bathroom. I’ve never seen such a view in my life.

Being on the 96th floor with the love of my life led me to thinking. Thinking of what the past 5 years had held for us. Taking in this view together was one of the most profound  moments of our journey in Chicago.

The third day of our journey held so much excitement. We got coffee and donuts from Stans. I’ve never been overly fond of donuts but the coconut cake and old fashioned blueberry were to die for. We followed up donuts and coffee with several hours walking around at the multi-cultural building and the art institute.
Both the multi-cultural building and the art institute were so inspiring. Being able to see art that has been preserved for hundred of years. Especially art that no one in our modern society would have the patience to create was truly thought provoking.
Art for the sake of art and beauty apart from function have always been one of my favorite things. I saw works by Picasso, Cy Twombali, and Andy Warhol. Even if you can’t travel all the way to Chicago I highly recommend a journey to an Art museum closest to you.
Our tastebuds had the most explosive experience at Portillos on day 3. Hotdogs are not one of my favorite things. But a Chicago dog is.chicagodog
A hotdog with relish and mustard, tomatoes, a pickle, and a sesame seed bun is so much more delicious than I could ever describe. We topped that off with a chocolate cake shake. About the cake shake I will just say it is the best idea ever.
Every city has it’s own unique beauty, history, culture, sights and flavors. There are so many reasons to go see, taste, and explore Chicago. But for us our trip to Chicago was more than just having fun and eating good food.
It was experiencing new things together and reconnecting with each other in a new way. Discovering Chicago fed our passion for creating. And that is always a worthwhile reason to travel.

About the Blogger: Hannah Lacy

Hannah is a mother, wife, photographer and writer who enjoys sharing stories. She is passionate about creativity and womanhood. She spends her days surrounded by her boys.

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By |2018-08-07T20:04:38+00:00July 12th, 2018|Destinations, global girls, Guest Post, North America, USA|12 Comments

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On August 14th, 2015 I left my life in the United States behind with the intention to never look back. I had the "American Dream" and I woke up from it, to create a new reality for myself. I sought out beauty in a world that was increasingly dark for me at the time and ended up finding more than I bargained for. With only a backpack, I traveled across Europe, South East Asia and then on to Africa. With over 30 countries stamped in my passport, I've become an entirely new version of myself with a broader perspective on what it means to be a woman in today's world. My hope is that by sharing my stories and featuring women like me from around the world, we can inspire others to break down their own internal barriers and go cross a few international borders while they're at it. I truly believe travel can be healing to a troubled soul, empowering to the lost and rejuvenating for the exhausted. Perspective is everything, and I believe in the power of "going global," what about you? SheGoesGlobal.net is a site that started out with my stories and grew into a platform for women all around the world to tell their travel tales of trials and triumph. We all believe that the more you see of the world, the better you can be as a person who inhabits it. Women encouraging other women to grow, travel, evolve- that's what SGG is all about. ---> Read my very first blog post (see "Archives" for August 2015) to learn how this all began.


  1. ruthinrevolt July 13, 2018 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    I’m from the U.K. but I visited Chicago in June last year and I absolutely loved it! Really enjoyed reading about your experience there 🙂

    • hannah lacy January 6, 2019 at 10:23 pm - Reply

      Hi Ruth! Thanks so much for reading about my experience 🙂 I would love to visit the U.K.! So happy to hear that you enjoyed Chicago in June as well

  2. nikkig916 July 13, 2018 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    I have never been to Chicago but I also believe it is important for any relationship to get away and experience something new- without the kids at times.

    • hannah lacy January 6, 2019 at 10:24 pm - Reply

      Hi Niki, It was such a wonderful time I hope you get to visit one day or go someplace you’ve always wanted. and it is definetly so important for every relationship to get quality time!

  3. Vanessa July 13, 2018 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    Chicago is such a great city. Sounds like you had a great time!

    • hannah lacy January 6, 2019 at 10:28 pm - Reply

      hi Vanessa, thanks for reading! Chicago truly is a wonderful place 🙂

  4. Telia July 13, 2018 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    I’m glad I saw this! The hubby & I have been wanting to go to Hawaii but are hesitant because we don’t want to leave our little ones, but we know that we won’t be able to enjoy our time there the way we want if we were to take them with us. So I will take this as a sign to just go lol.

    • hannah lacy January 6, 2019 at 10:29 pm - Reply

      Hi Telia, I am so glad you saw this too! Please take this as a sign to go lol I think every mother struggles with leaving little ones but you are so refreshed when you get a little break it is so worth it!

  5. peter parker September 25, 2018 at 11:40 am - Reply

    This is truly a great read for me!! Once again, thanks for the quality articles you post on your blog!! That is very interesting You definitely made my day with this awesome post. I am always searching for informative stuff like this! I will check here often for more cool stuff

    • hannah lacy January 6, 2019 at 10:32 pm - Reply

      thanks for taking the time to read Peter! She goes global is a great blog!

  6. Pusat Jagaan October 2, 2018 at 12:53 am - Reply

    Yeah, from this post, I believe, Chicago is truly magnificent.

    Hope to go there one day.

    Cool blog, btw.

    • hannah lacy January 6, 2019 at 10:32 pm - Reply

      Thanks for reading and I hope you get to visit Chicago one day!

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