Staycation! {Spin Cycle}

Our family is lucky that we live close to a big city with a lot to offer. However, we rarely go into Chicago. During our Spring Break, I wanted to take my daughters downtown on the train, but I didn’t feel like braving the Spring Break crowds at the various museums. So instead, we did something I haven’t done since I was a child. When you live by the city that has the world’s tallest skyscraper, you go to the top. Of course, the Sears Tower has been surpassed since I was little, but it’s still pretty darn tall. And it’s not called the Sears Tower any more; it is now Willis Tower, which is a shame. I used to love it when my second grade students called it the “Serious Tower.”

Sears Tower

So on a Wednesday morning at 9:51, my sister, the girls and me boarded the Metra heading to Union Station. The train station is only a block away from Willis Tower, which was fortunate for us because the wind was whipping off the Chicago River and it was COLD!

We had to wait in line to go through security first, just like at the airport. I wasn’t expecting that, but it makes sense. After we bought our tickets, we took the minute ride elevator to the 103rd floor. It may have been cold outside, but the sun was shining and we had a beautiful view! A new feature of the 103rd floor are the ledges; four glass platforms that extend out of the west side of the building.



Lily was enthralled with looking by looking out at the Chicago skyline, and she didn’t want to take the elevator ride down to ground level. But eventually, we had to leave. By that time, we were all starving. Just down the street from Willis Tower is Giordano’s. When you are in Chicago, you have to have a Chicago stuffed pizza! My sister lives in California, so we made sure to feed her a lot of Chicago-style food during her visit.

deep dish pizza

Where would you go or what would you do if you had a “stay-cation?” Link up your blog post below or tell us in the comments! Please visit my co-host, Gretchen, and see where she would go on a stay-cation. She live in a much warmer place, so I’m sure it’s going to be good!

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32 Replies to “Staycation! {Spin Cycle}”

    1. The train conductor asked us if we were going to the American Girl Store! Maybe some day we will, but that’s a trip that has to be planned in advance. There’s a neat lunch to take your dolls to, but I think you need to make reservations way in advance. My girls would really love to do that!
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  1. We marveled at the tower when we came though Chicago on our way to Michigan. We went by train and it was cool for the boys to be able to see the tower. We would like to come to Chicago some day and do the touristy stuff.
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  2. Obviously when we lived in Illinois we loved the city and went to Gino’s all the time for their deep dish pizza. (I just received my box of six Lou Malnati’s deep dish pizzas this week from Taste of Chicago) However I think some of my favorite times in downtown Chicago have been since we moved to California. We take so much for granted when we live close by. We did the Willis Tower on our last visit and the views are so amazing. Chicago is a great city!!! I’m so glad you took the girls and that your sister got to have some awesome pizza since there is nothing ever remotely close to Chicago pizza in California. We always hit our favorites, thick and thin, when we are in Illinois.
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  3. The Willis Tower?!? Puh-lease! It has been and always will be the Sears Tower. End of story.

    Oh my mouth is drooling over the Giordano’s. That picture is spectacular.

    You have some very brave girls. I’m not sure I would get up the nerve to stand on “the ledge.”

  4. Hello there! Stopping by from #Sitssharefest! Spring break for us is this week and we’re doing a Staycation too. We plan on visiting Chicago this summer and checking out the aquarium. ๐Ÿ™‚ I haven’t been to the Sears Tower since I graduated from high school! Eons ago! We might have to stop by there again too!

  5. Oh dear Lord, I just took one look at those pictures and went into a full body cringe. I couldn’t even look at them, had to scroll down to the pizza! You are brave, my dear. Jude has forced me to the top of the Empire State twice,and that was terrible enough, but the glass floor? EEEEEEEEEK!
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    1. Okay, now the pictures are even freaking me out! It didn’t feel scary to me when I was actually in the little ledges. They don’t extend out of the building by much. But I wouldn’t recommend you take Jude up there, or he’ll force you to go on a ledge!
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  6. Funny, I live in Chi-Town, worked downtown and take visitors to the Sears but never been upstairs. I need to get there. Your pictures make it look amazing after the renovation a few years ago. I hear you can see 4 states on a good clear day.
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  7. I did not know the Sears Tower’s name was changed. You are braver than I… my tummy did a whole bunch of flip flops looking at the pictures with the glass platforms! One of these days we will have to take a trip there… it’s not really that far away.
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  8. How wonderful you were able to visit with your sister this week. The ledges would be a challenge for me but Hubby would so be standing in them! So pleased for you that you had a terrific staycation!
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  9. Wow! The tower looks amazing, and I felt a bit scared right there! LOL. The pizza looks yummy too! I’d love to go on vacation in Paris or London. ๐Ÿ™‚ A girl can dream you know! Hah!

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