Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Tourist Time

chicago

chicago

chicago
works cited: urban outfitters sweater; skirt c/o five bamboo; steve madden flats; forever 21 necklace; h&m bag

I know these are about the most cliche tourist photos you could take, but I think millenium park is unbelievably gorgeous and I couldn't resist the lure of the reflective-bean-whose-real-name-I-can-never-remember. Christopher and I spent a really fun morning walking around taking pictures. In the afternoon, I geeked out over an architectural boat tour. One of the areas I'm studying about for my dissertation is lived spaces, so I was thrilled to hear so much about the architecture of various buildings around Chicago. It was also amazing that the guide could remember hundreds of dates, names, and architects. Have you ever done a boat tour?--I know they're kind of cheesy, but I loved learning all the history.

55 comments:

Monique said...

That Mirror Ball is soo cool!

Monique xx

Anne said...

Cute!

I've done the architectural boat tour in Chicago - twice. Does that make me a nerd? So interesting, plus it lets you rest your feet from walking around the city for a little while!

basiccravings said...

I have been looking for a sweater like this for quite sometime. I think it is the perfect piece to dress up or down.

ellie said...

I love the bean! I didn't even know it had a different name! Glad you're having fun in Chi-town! Make sure to get some popcorn (the mixed caramel and cheese is the best) and some italian style roast beef!

Emily's Going Nuts said...

I love those guided tours... they're cheesy, but they're the best way to get around, see the sights, and learn something.

Cool pictures!! Hope you're having a blast!

I love how you're rocking a skirt while playing tourist. I'd definitely be in jeans or yoga pants... I'm so sloppy!

Laura said...

The Bean! Great as always. Thanks for showing the world smart girls can be stylish, too!

Heather - Inner cupcake said...

I thought the bean was the silliest thing ever when they first put it up, but I totally love going there and taking cheesy touristy shots, and I'm from the suburbs originally- it's also amazing for people watching. I think the real name is Cloudgate maybe? And I've been totally wanting to take one of the boat tours, but I'm more often in the city during winter (holidays), so it hasn't worked out for me yet. Sounds really fun!

sallyannie☆ said...

I thought that it was one of those AMAZING pavement perception warping chalk drawings haha! Took me ages to work out it was a shiny ball...

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

it's the Bean!! i love chicago. lived there for 8 years so you made my heart ache a little bit. have a blast!

kelsey said...

i have never been to the bean! it's a six hour drive for us to chicago...we should meet up sometime! :)

lory said...

i've been to chicago three times for work (we usually take friday morning off to do some shopping and signtseeing)...and every year, i've made a trip to the bean to take pictures. just seems like something you should do while you're there. :)

this year was the first time i've done a boat tour - definitely worth it!

Liz said...

Ohhh I feel like I have had this trip myself! That boat ride was fantastic wasn't it?

Lexie, Little Boat said...

aww the bean! i have been to chicago a million times but never taken a picture with the bean!

MerelyMarie said...

Not cheesy at all! I love playing tourist in my town. LOL

Simply Bike said...

You guys are so cute, I love the bean photos :)

Olivia said...

Aww, I miss Millennium Park! Such a beautiful spot. I lived in Chicago for a few years and worked in the loop. I walked by Millennium Park every day! The boat tours are GREAT, too...not cheesy at all. It's a great way to get your bearings in the loop, and what's not to love about seeing the city's beautiful architecture? Glad you enjoyed the Windy City!

Eclectic Flair said...

You look great in that outfit! Cute & comfy with a little hint of sexy with the legs showing!

Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

Melanie's Randomness said...

I adore Chicago!! I love the bean!! It's so much to take pictures next to it!! Have fun!! =)

Melanie's Randomness

color shows said...

I went to Chicago last summer for my graduation and the boat tour was my favorite part of the trip! It was awesome.

Camille said...

EEGAD! I love doing historical tours and learning all of those great details! (My goal is to one day go to England to do a tour of the moorlands and the Bronte sisters) I've been on a boat tour once in Alaska but it was mostly looking at nature--maybe I should go to Chicago and check out the boat tours that they have to offer :)

xoxo,
Camille
http://www.thedeweydecimals.com

JDel said...

No way, i lived in chicago for two years before i did the boat tour and i am so glad i did it. i learned so much about the history. some things are definitely cheesy but worth it.

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Rebecca said...

There's a reason the bean photos are a but of a cliche, and that is because they are awesome photos.

ThePinkMargarita said...

cute photo! i wish i could visit the huge mirror ball too :) and i love your outfit!

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brandilyn said...

aaaw, cute! and i love your relaxed sweater + dressy skirt. so pretty.

Lindsey P. said...

Yay for the bean! I LOVE CHICAGO! You look so comfy and chic. Hope you guys had fun!

Frannie Pantz said...

Cool pictures!

Deirdre said...

I did the boat tour in Chicago and loved it. The only problem was it was so cold on the day of the tour that everyone was complaining non-stop. As a Canadian from the east coast, I had a very poor impression of Chicago before my visit. I was sure I was going to be mugged. I was delighted with the city and had a wonderful visit. I was not mugged. I plan to return some day. Lessons learned: be open minded, embrace opportunities, set aside the negative first impressions.

Izabela said...

Your pictures are so cute! Love the casual outfit, too!

Sweet Laundry said...

I love touristy photos like these, and I think it's also mandatory to bring home some cheesy souvenirs, like magnets and t-shirts. One of my favourite boat tours was along the canals in Amsterdam. The house boats are amazing!

Paige (Final Clothes-Out) said...

I've done that boat tour, too. And even though we live in Chicago, we've done the "tourist" pictures by the bean. It's just so shiny!

Bad Taste Toast said...

Very cool photos! I love the effect with the mirror ball! Cliche tourist photos rule ;)

Elaine said...

How fun!!! You guys are so adorable :)

Casey said...

it's called "Cloud Gate"

Emily said...

I have so many pictures from the bean! How can one resist? You should check out a store called Pitaya (1463 North Milwaukee Avenue-- just checked the address). They have great stuff!

Cynthia @ Go Chic or Go Home said...

I love that first photo! And you can't go wrong with a simple chic outfit like this. Very nice. And I like the way you dressed it up a touch with the necklace.

Salazar said...

I love boat tours! I've never taken one in the US (never travel much in the US, for that matter), but I did it back home along the Red River - it was great fun and not cheesy at all!

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Anonymous said...

It's called Cloud Gate. :D

Erin said...

the official name of the bean is "cloud gate"...and, yes, everyone needs to take pictures there when they visit chicago! i know i have about 35, myself (and i live there). :)
i also LOVE your effortless yet ADORABLE outfit. simple can be amazing sometimes.

Charlotte said...

I would love a boat tour! We visited Denver last year and did a walking tour of their historic downtown. It was the highlight of the trip. Your outfit looks perfectly easy and appropriate. Cute, cute!

Nena Nadine said...

Tours are fun! Don't be ashamed.

Courtney Erin said...

I was in Chicago for a conference two years ago and desperately wanted to do the boat tour but could never sneak away from the papers and panels long enough to do it.

xoxo ~ Courtney
http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

Lexi said...

I worked on Navy Pier for the past 3 summers, and I hadn't even taken a boat tour. Now that I live in Central Illinois, that dream probably isn't going to become a reality anytime soon.

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Pineapple said...

That sounds SERIOUSLY fun.

Sidney said...

i've only been to chicago once, but totally went on an architecture boat tour. no shame--it was awesome!! there is some really fabulous architecture there and i loved hearing about the city's history too. every town should have one.

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

thank you heather, casey, anon, and erin for reminding me of the name :)

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Ellie said...

so excited to have found your blog! I'll be entering grad school in the fall and I love your style-- I'm sure you'll become quite the source of inspiration!

Ashlee said...

It's not cheesy to me! I'm in CO and we dont' have anything like that...it's very Escher-esque. (Is that totally the point? Am I being obvious? Sigh.) Glad you had fun!

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heidi said...

there is nothing cheesy about the bean! :)

sartoriography said...

I went on one of those tours when I first moved here and I loved it! I see Chicago in such a particular was because of it. Also, the Bean and I are like this (you know how my fingers are all twisted now). I never tire of taking photos of myself in it. It's like a modern day mythological problem... Emily: Narcissus. Bean: pond. World: not really so different.

Also, "cute shirt." No, really, this outfit is so simple and awesome and flattering on your pretty self. The bean was so lucky. :)

sartoriography said...

Particular was? Really, lame typer? Particular WAY. Fired.

Brittany said...

i love chicago! i took the boat tour and i thought it was such a fun way to see the city--wish i took notes, though.

Raspberry & Rouge said...

That's so cool! I love it! Cute photos. Great blog! XO Raspberry & Rouge

http://raspberry-rouge.com

Miranda said...

I'm visiting Chicago in a few weeks!! Is there any place in particular I just have to visit?

Megan.Margaret said...

The Cloud Gate :)

I love being able to go into Chicago, sadly I haven't really ventured off of Millenium. The Art Institute kind of owns my heart.

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