If you guys follow me on Instagram or Snapchat (@JLINHH), you would've seen that I spent the 4th of July week in Chicago with my cousin, Malissa! I arrived Tuesday morning of the fourth of July and decided to spend the day off social media to catch up with my Family whom I haven't seen in years!
Tuesday: We started our day off with brunch at the popular Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe located right across the street from Millennium Park. Malissa and I shared their infamous Berry Bliss pancakes and it was more than enough for the both of us. It came with a stack of 5 pancakes topped with fresh berries and mascarpone, yum! Afterwards, we walked over to the Art Institute where we spent hours exploring the entire museum before meeting up with my cousins for the Taste of Chicago. It was located in Grant Park so we were surrounded by the incredible skyline of Chicago, and the hot summery weather was the cherry on top to the perfect day. The food, however, was pretty expensive as each item ranged from 2-17 tickets. Instead of using cash or credit, you had to purchase tickets, so for $10 you get 14 tickets, but there was a free Alessia Cara concert so that was pretty cool! After that we all hopped in an Uber down to Navy Pier where we ended our day watching the fireworks!
Wednesday: We didn't really have much planned this day so we spent the entire day at the Museum of Science and Industry and Alder Planetarium. Huge thank you to my aunt for helping us get free tickets to both of the museums! If you're from Chicago, you can check out free passes at any library to any museum at a first come, first serve basis. Whether you're from Chicago or just passing through, I would highly recommend visiting the Museum of Science and Industry. It was probably the best museum i've ever visit. Malissa and I were frolicking around like kids haha.
Sunday: We started the day visiting the Willis Tower which we waited 2 hours in line for before getting to the top of the Skydeck. It was so crowded up there especially being that we visited on a Sunday, but it was so nice!! Afterwards, we made our way to the Four Seasons Chicago where we stayed for the night (huge thank you to @fschicago). Full blog post on our stay here.
Monday: Since before flying into Chicago we made a plan to shoot the bean at sunrise to get a shot without anyone being in it, and that's what we did! We woke up at 4:30am, took an uber down to Millennium Park and what do you know.. it's storming!! Despite getting drenched from the rain, we decided to stick it out anyways and shoot. I was able to get a timelapse of the bean with the city in the background which turned out pretty cool!
Thank you so much for reading, hope you enjoyed it! If you wanna see the trip in motion, check out my vlog :) Xo.