Chicago. Day 1.

Kelsey and I headed to Chicago on Thursday and stayed through Saturday. It is such an incredible place and is officially my new favorite city.

The past 11 days have been amazing. This trip has changed my life and I will never be the same again. I am currently in the airport waiting to get on an airplane, and I’m not even nervous about boarding the plane. I don’t want to get in the air, but I’m completely ok with it.

First look at the city!

Christmas cheer at Macy’s.

The Christmas windows were all absolutely wonderful.


If you look to the left, you can see the bean. I have to dedicate an entire post to the bean. It was amazing.

A nice man offered to take our photo.


View from the John Hancock Observatory. You can see the Navy Pier. I’ll be posting on that later, too.

Stunning. It doesn’t even look real. Love it.

I love a Christmas tree in November.

Kelsey…not so much.

  • Randall @ Happy For This Moment

    Looks like a wonderful trip! I was just there with my mom, her hometown, and it was such a treat.

  • Mrs. Dew

    LOVE Chi-town! I was there at this time a few years ago and it's SO magical!

  • amazeingteacher

    so good to hear you had a great time! the pictures are beautiful and i can't wait to hear all about it and about your final decision!:) i knew this trip would help to give you perspective. take care!

  • Lauren Kelly

    HOW FUN!!!!!! It almost has a New York City vibe to it!!!!! Loved all the pics and it looked COLD!!!!! LOL. Love ya girl and have missed chatting with you. We need to catch up!!!! 🙂

    Sounds like you've been amazingly changed by all of this!!!!

  • Michelle

    What awesome pics! I want to visit Chicago…I want to eat at on of Rick Bayless' restaurants.

    I'm so glad you're having such a wonderful time…can't wait to see more pictures from your recent adventure!

  • Katie

    I love Chicago at Christmas time! It's a beautiful city.

  • Selma

    Never been to Chicago but always wanted to, and I know one day I will. Your pictures kinda force me now to go…like by next year!!! Thanks for sharing!!! 😉 So glad to hear you liked it there and now call it your fave city.
    Happy Monday.

  • Emmy

    Yeah! So glad you loved Chicago.
    My dad would take us every December to see all of the Christmas windows. I loved it.
    And yes the Bean is a photographers dream!!

  • kelly

    Chicago is my home town! My Dad's entire side of the family still lives there. I am so glad you enjoyed it…to me it's the best city in the US! 🙂

  • Kimberly

    You take great pictures Danielle!!
    Looks like Chicago was so much fun.

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