All American Road Trip {Part 2: Chicago}

Chicago was amazing. We only had an evening and a day to explore the city, and it was not nearly enough. I'll begin by saying that if you are looking for delicious vegetarian or vegan food in Chicago, check out Boiler Room in Logan Square. I promise you won't regret it!

After exploring Logan Square the night before, we began our full day of touring with a visit to Wrigley Field, en route to which we stumbled across the Leaning Tower of Niles. Half the size of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Leaning Tower of Niles was built during the Great Depression and conceals a water tower. While not as impressive as the original, Niles' version was an interesting piece of Americana on our All American Road Trip.

Following Wrigley Field, we drove to Navy Pier Park. A boat tour took us along the lakefront of the city, showing us the famous Chicago skyline, and the park's 150-foot Ferris wheel provided a breathtaking bird's eye view of the city. While you may know that Chicago is considered the birthplace of the skyscraper, did you know that it is also the birthplace of the Ferris wheel? In fact, the Ferris wheel at Navy Pier Park is modeled after the original Ferris wheel, which was built for Chicago's 1893 World's Columbian Exposition.

We ended our visit to Chicago with a solemn stop: Burr Oak Cemetery to visit Mamie Till-Mobley andEmmett Till's graves.  It's hard to put in to words what it felt like to stand at their resting places... While not the happiest of stops on our trip, it was one of the most important.

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This was installment 2 of my All American Road Trip. The next installment will be {Part 3: Salem}

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