Months ago, I had been dreaming of going away for a weekend. I really wanted to see another city and distance myself from work, deadlines, and the constant emails. I finally settled on Chicago but put off packing until the night before! Thankfully, I’m a list person and didn’t forget anything. I created this free travel checklist to make your life, and mine a bit easier and prettier.
So why did I choose Chicago? It was the obvious choice for three reasons:
1. Food – The food. The. Food. Do I need to say more? Yes, I do. I had heard stories about the food in Chicago but experiencing the large variety of offerings was amazing. My favorites were the Al Pastor tacos at Mercadito in River North. Absolutely delicious. And the margaritas made everything so much better! This is one of the first spots I’ll go to next time.
2. Sites – It’s hard to pack everything Chicago has to offer in a couple days. We started off at Millennium Park and took lots of photos while fighting crowds of tourists. We then walked on N. Michigan Ave and turned onto the Navy Pier, where we not only rode the Ferris Wheel, cooled off inside the Crystal Gardens, but we ate some Churros with ice-cream. We continued walking until we found ourselves at the John Hancock Observatory, now 360 Chicago. The view was spectacular and completely worth the ear popping we experienced up and down the elevators. And that was just half the day! We still had museums, the River North, the beaches, Wrigley Field, and the Frank Lloyd Wright Homes. Although we hit lots of places on our list, next time I’m hoping that we’ll be able to fully digest what we’re seeing without rushing.
3. Far, but not too far – Thanks to my mommy guilt, I can’t go away from home for more than a couple days. There’s an odd feeling that something was left behind and that I should be holding someone’s hand while crossing the street. I decided that I needed to get far enough that I wouldn’t rush home if a situation arose, but close enough that if that situation got worse, I could drive back in a night.
Having had a wonderful trip to Chicago (I miss it already) here’s a free downloadable packing list you can use to minimize the risk of forgetting anything and let me know where you’ll be heading late summer! I need more travel ideas.