A Tale of Three Cities: Chicago

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After an amazing week in San Francisco, we moved on to Chicago to catch up with friends who just added a cute little bundle to their family!

Chicago was a city I knew nothing about and hadn't given much thought to visiting other than catching up with the Petersons. My knowledge and opinion of the city prior to my visit was based on episodes of ER and all I knew was it looked frigging freezing!

I am glad to say that the weather and the city did not disappoint!

The 6 hour flight from San Francisco to Chicago was a little bumpy, however this was made all the more tolerable with in-flight wifi. On a domestic flight. We didn't get this on our Dublin-San Francisco British Airways flight. Some airlines really need to catch up!

We tried to cram as much of the city in a possible during our short stay so first on the list was the Hancock Tower, an imposing iron-clad block on the Chicago skyline.

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i love the harsh crosslines of the structure

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but first, let me take a selfie
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snapping the snapper

The next day we travelled to Lincoln Park zoo. A great spot for families; it allowed little Elise to get up close and personal with some wildlife. However, I think we were more excited. A free zoo (take note Belfast) located within city limits and boasting an impressive menagerie of animals. We chatted to one of the volunteers and asked how the zoo was maintained with free entry, her honest reply was there were "a [lot of rich and bored people in Chicago]."

loved these plaques dotted around the zoo, dedicated to sponsors 

caelan loves polar bears and we got so many snaps of this amazing beast

We couldn't visit Chicago without a trip to Navy Pier, the traditional tourist trap combination of souvenier stores, amusements and fast food joints. I wanted to go on the Ferris Wheel but poor Caelan (who has an aversion to heights) clung to the handrail for the duration of the ride! 
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navy pier
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note my sunburn & caelan's kung-fu grip...
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lost in thought
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one of those arty photos with the clever lighting #nofilter
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the higher the hair the closer to god #quiff
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the view through
It was the perfect ending to our trip as we got fantastic views of the city and across Lake Michigan.

For our final night we visited the Baton Show Lounge, an old-school drag show and Chicago institution. As much of a fan of RuPaul's Drag Race as I am, these seasoned show girls would cut those bitches down to size in seconds!

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