We visited Chicago in July 2015 for my husbands birthday and Taste of Chicago. I ended up being 8 weeks pregnant during the trip so it wasn't as enjoyable for me as I was hoping due to all day sickness but we had a good time none the less. We flew from LGA to ORD on the 6:15AM flight on a Friday and returned Sunday evening.
Not All Airplanes Are Made Equal
Who knew not every plane had a changing table?!?!?! We flew Delta Airlines and the plane we were on had no changing table. So what did I do? Check out my tips on changing a baby on a plane without a changing table here.
How We Got Around
Chicago is very public transportation friendly and we took full advantage of it leaving our car seat in NY. From the airport we took the train and it was very easy to do so. One in the city we walked, took the public bus, or the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus.
Where We Stayed
We stayed at the Ritz Carlton, far from our typical budget friendly accomodations but James had won a $1,000 Four Seasons gift card at work and since it was hig birthday we took full advantage. The location is great, being right off The Magnificent Mile.
What I Brought For Jordyn
Since I knew we would only be using public transportation I only brought the stroller and carrier, there was no need to drag along the car seat. We were traveling with a carry-on only and I knew I would be able to find the brand of diapers and wipes I use in Chicago so I only packed enough supplies for the plane and purchased the rest there. The hotel provided a crib so no need to bring or rent a pack n play.
What We Did
The Navy Pier- Architecture Cruise
Millenial Park- The Bean
Grant Park- Taste of Chicago
Museum Campus- Alder Planetarium
The Shedd Aquarium
Field Museum of Natural History
How We Saved Money
We purchased the Chicao GO Card which allowed us access to 26 attractions for one price. It includes the Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus which we used to get around the city. It also included everything I listed above in what we did as well as LEGOLAND, Brookfield Zoo, SkyDeck Chicago and much more. The price for a one day pass was $88 per person and if we had paid indiviually for each thing we did we would of spent $214 per person. I also googled a promo code and got an additional 10% off.