Exploring the "Windy City" Chicago, Illinois

Chicago is a fantastic getaway in any season.  While the lockdowns related to the Covid-19 certainly took a toll on the Windy City and its numerous attractions in the first half of this pandemic, the city is now much more “open,” from visiting museums, to indoor dining at some of Chicago’s world-famous eateries.

My family traveled to Chicago for our President’s Day extended break from school.  We enjoyed discounted and favorable rates at the luxurious Peninsula Hotel located jus toff the Magnificent Mile (Michigan Avenue). The Peninsula has a fabulous indoor swimming pool and whirlpool located many stories about the City, which the children enjoyed very much in the midst of a long winter break away from swimming outdoors.  The hotel was accommodating and essentially“full-service” during our stay, even during these challenging times.

While in Chicago we visited the Shedd Aquarium.  My entire family enjoyed the endless live exhibits of aquatic life over four or five stories.  We enjoyed the Sea Lion in particular!

That night, we dined at Twin Anchors, a legacy favorite of mine from my time residing in Chicago in the late 1990s.   Twin Anchors is famous for its ribs and the throw-back Chicago bar atmosphere.  The ribs were as delicious as we remembered, and the beer was cold.

an image of Twin Anchor restaurant from the outside
Outside view of Twin Anchors Restaurant & Tavern

an image of Twin Anchor restaurant from the inside
Inside view of Twin Anchors Restaurant & Tavern

On our second day, before heading back to Cincinnati, my family visited the Field Museum.  This must be the largest museum dedicated to the natural world on earth.  From its renowned display of an intact and original Tyrannosaurus Rex, “Sue,” to the dioramas and exhibits of indigenous plant life and creatures, the Field museum could easily keep one busy for two days or more.

I highly recommend a winter visit to Chicago for swimming, hotel comforts, and the world-class museums!