Girl Meets Bulgaria

Musings of an American expat in Bulgaria (with detours in Utah and Alaska)

Planning a Trip to the Windy City


As I mentioned in my Bulgarian visa post, I, along with my good friend A., will be in Chicago next month for 5 days. I will celebrate my 26th birthday while I’m there! I’ve only ever been to O’Hare so I am looking forward to actually seeing the city. And I’m not going to lie, I am looking forward to stuffing my face with the myriad of specialties Chi-Town is famous for.

A. is a pretty relaxed traveler whereas I am the consummate planner and must have a detailed itinerary. In short, I am a worry wort! Usually, however, I just end up going with the flow once I am on vacation.

That being said…

After doing some online research and from my general knowledge of the city, I have put together a list of the must-see attractions. If you’ve been there or heard of anything I should add (or remove), PLEASE let me know! It’s a big place to pack into only a few days, so this girl needs all the help she can get!

In all likelihood, we will probably just end up relaxing and walking around. But again, I like to at least attempt to plan!

So far, our must-see/do list includes:

  • Navy Pier
  • Michigan Avenue (Magnificent Mile shopping, ya’ll!… OK, maybe just window shopping!)
  • John Hancock Tower and/or Willis (formerly Sears) Tower
  • Millennium Park (Cloud Gate, aka, The Bean!)
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Pizza! Chicago-style hot dogs! Italian beef sandwiches!

If time (and weather) permits, we’d also like to visit:

  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Lake Michigan (boat tour)
  • Grant Park
  • Adler Planetarium
  • Field Museum

I also plan on visiting the Bulgarian Consulate to ask some questions. I want to make sure I won’t have any surprises when I return to apply for my visa later next year.

SO excited to get to see such a cool city and spend some quality time with one of my best friends before I move.

November 9th can’t come soon enough!




2 thoughts on “Planning a Trip to the Windy City

  1. I can’t wait for a VACATION! I want the time to stand still while we are in Chicago as this will be one of the last trips we take together.. I will miss your face while you are starting your life in Bulgaria!

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