May 30, 2013

Last Summer in Chicago



I recently stumbled upon these shots from last summer and realized that I never wrote anything about our Chicago adventure. So here goes.

Just a few weeks after arriving back in the States, we hopped on the Metro, headed down to Union Station, and took an overnight train to Chicago. It was a fast and furious four days and it was FUN. We went for a Taiwan ROCks adoption reunion weekend and had a great time meeting up with old and new friends. We also fell in love with Chicago and took advantage of the Blue Star Museums (Art Institute, The Field Museum). But what we really loved was Millennium Park and that famous bean (this is one of my favorite family portraits!)  Can't wait to return to the Windy City!

If you are a military family, be sure to check out the listings for Blue Star Museums. The season has started and there are some amazing museums on the list. There's also a cool contest happening this summer.

If you are a family with a connection to Taiwanese Adoption, try to make it to this summer's Taiwan ROCks reunion in Disneyland. Sadly, we'll miss this year's gathering, but are already looking forward to next summer in New York City.

If you are thinking about doing a train trip with your kids, do it. It is a unique and memorable way to travel. My kids are still giggling about the snoring man in the row ahead of us and I still have fond memories of the summer my family traveled all over the States by train. There are discounts for kids and military families and it pays to book your tickets far in advance.

 Hope you all have some exciting summer plans in the works!

5 comments:

likeschocolate said...

I love that you are keeping in contact with other families connected to adoption. That is so fantastic! I love the adoption community. It rocks! Can't wait to see where your summer leads you this year!

Dana said...

We are taking the train from DC to NYC this summer. Can't wait! Now I have an idea for next summer...DC to Chicago! Thank you. I always get the best ideas form you, Lucia.
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Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish said...

Dana, when will you be in DC? Lets meet up before you get on the train to NYC :)Off to e-mail you right now.

Ann said...

I love Chicago. For as much as we use the trains in Germany/Europe, it never occurred to me to use them in the US. Thanks for the tip!

Karla said...

Sounds like a fun time. I like Chicago, too. When Russell was 4 months old, we joined Russell at a conference there and really enjoyed the waterfront and museums, too. Oh, and the pizza. :)