72 Hours in Chicago

After visiting Chicago for the first time, I’m juuuust about ready to pack up and move there. Such a beautiful city…just wishing it wasn’t so dang windy and cold (I now see why they call it the windy city)!! My parents and I were in the city for just 72 hours, so we tried to get in AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE before leaving… and this is what we ended up with.

Chicago River Walk Tara Michelle

\\ Millenium Park \\

201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60602

OF COURSE this was essential. Visiting the Bean has been on my bucket list for longer than I can remember, such a classic Chicago landmark. Obviously it was super crowded so it was kinda difficult to get a cool picture but we went back another night and it was much emptier.

Chicago Millenium Park Tara Michelle
Chicago Millenium Park Tara Michelle

Besides the Bean, there’s a lot more going on at Millennium Park. The Crown Fountain is SO unique and awesome. It’s an interactive art installation that actually has moving faces on the sides! At night it’s lit up from the inside with color changing lights… incredible.

Chicago Millenium Park Tara Michelle
Chicago Millenium Park Tara Michelle

\\ Sky Deck \\

233 S Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606

My fear of heights may have prevented me from going to the Sky Deck if it were a few years back, but I wasn’t letting anything stop me from stepping out onto the clear platform! It’s 103 stories up the Willis Tower, which I learned is actually taller than the Eiffel Tower AND the Empire State Building… so pretty high up.

Chicago Sky Deck Tara Michelle

The views from the top are absolutely breathtaking, and I even got to meet a couple viewers up there which was awesome! We waited a half hour in line to get onto the deck, it was definitely worth it! Such unique pictures we got to take there… I just focused on not really looking down ahaha!

\\ Buckingham Fountain \\

301 S Columbus Dr, Chicago, IL 60605

Chicago Buckingham Fountain Tara Michelle

We were walking around the gardens and ended up at this huge fountain, the Buckingham Fountain! It reminded me of the fountains in Italy, just so beautiful. I’m an avid ‘Shameless’ watcher and I had seen this fountain in one of the episodes which made me fangirl a bit (ok fine, I fangirled a lot).

\\ River Walk \\

355 Chicago Riverwalk, Chicago, IL 60601

The river that goes through the city is so unique and wonderful, one of the days we walked along the side for a few miles. If it were nicer outside I definitely think biking the path would have been so fun!

Chicago River Walk Tara Michelle
Chicago River Walk Tara Michelle

We ended up finding some tiki bar on our walk and stopped there for some drinks. There was live music and colorful lawn chairs… felt like Hawaii! Sitting with my fruity Mai Tai by the river made me so happy and so appreciative for my time visiting such a great city.


\\ Architecture Boat Tour \\

600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Chicago Architecture Boat Tour Tara Michelle

On our last full day in Chicago, my mom really wanted to do the architectural boat ride down the river. It was a 75 minute tour that went down the full river and explained the significance of all the different buildings. Super interesting, but just a little chilly!!!!

I will admit, besides hitting up some of these spots we also did A LOT of eating. Chicago has some DELICIOUS foods but that’s going to have to be it’s own blog post! There were so many spots we found that I can’t wait to share with you!!

Have you been to Chicago?? Where else would you recommend going for the next time I’m there?!



  1. Rosalie
    June 20, 2017 / 12:54 pm

    loving your blog! >3

    • Tara
      June 25, 2017 / 10:26 am

      yay thank you!!!

  2. Allison
    June 20, 2017 / 12:58 pm

    Such good quality. I love how you talk to us like we are your BFF’s. Love you.

    • Tara
      June 20, 2017 / 1:50 pm

      love you more!!! 🙂

  3. Joanna
    June 20, 2017 / 1:11 pm

    Loved watching your Chicago vlogs and now reading your blog! Would definitely love to visit some day! keep up the good work love you Tara ❤️❤️

  4. Ashley
    June 20, 2017 / 1:13 pm

    Tara, the pictures turned out amazing and I watched the Chicago vlogs and it looked so fun!!! I hope to go to chicago????

    • Tara
      June 20, 2017 / 1:47 pm

      thanks so much!!! glad you enjoyed! 🙂

  5. Jessica
    June 20, 2017 / 1:28 pm

    I was born in Chicago! But, the last time I was there was when I was really little and I can’t remember it at all. This makes me want to go back to visit even more! Love the blog and your channel 🙂

    • Tara
      June 20, 2017 / 1:50 pm

      ahhh you definitely should go back and visit!!! its really amazing there!

  6. Allison Thang
    June 20, 2017 / 1:49 pm

    I need to visit Chicago someday !!

  7. Alyssa Gonzalez
    June 20, 2017 / 1:50 pm

    I Love Chicago We Went Last Year It Was So Fun Went To Most Of The Places You My Favorite Place Was Sky Deck That Was Fun And Also Have Fanily Their

    • Tara
      June 25, 2017 / 10:27 am

      yesss the sky deck is SO cool!!!

  8. Allison Thang
    June 20, 2017 / 1:50 pm

    Beautiful pictures from Chicago, have to go there someday ! Loving your blog posts so far Tara !!

  9. Tianna boone
    June 20, 2017 / 1:52 pm

    I really want to go to Chicago so this blog has really helped for things to do when I go here. You are amazing and I love you and so proud of you for all the accomplishments you have made???? Btw you and Taylor are so cute

  10. Allison Thang
    June 20, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    I love getting the mail to see that you posted a new blog post !! It makes me excited to see what you posted !

    • Tara
      June 21, 2017 / 6:13 pm

      omg ahhh thank you so much! seriously that makes me so happy! 🙂

  11. Isabel
    June 20, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    If you ever go back to Chicago you need to visit the Shameless house! When I went I felt like I was a Gallagher lol

    • Tara
      June 21, 2017 / 6:12 pm

      omg yes!! i really wanted to i just didn’t have enough time!!

  12. Sadie Derr
    June 20, 2017 / 1:55 pm

    been really loving your blog so far, so proud of you and excited for what else is to come on your blog. Love you so much, T ????

  13. Slendy bahena
    June 20, 2017 / 2:01 pm

    I live in Chicago, and was so happy when I saw you where here! One thing I love about this city is all the amazing food places! And different neighborhoods you can explore outside of just downtown! Love your blog and hope you can come back soon! ????

  14. Franchesca
    June 20, 2017 / 2:12 pm

    OMG!! new blog!! love you tara ❤️ always inspired by your blogs

  15. June 20, 2017 / 2:21 pm

    loved hearing about your adventures in Chicago! I didn’t know there were so many things to do in Chicago! Definitely opened my eyes! I want to visit there so bad now!!!


  16. Leila
    June 20, 2017 / 2:24 pm

    Wow! I haven’t commented on your blog posts before but I just had to on this one. The pictures taken look like they belong in a magazine so kudos to you. I love seeing all your adventures and following them on here and on your vlog channel. Keep up the good work!! Love you ❤️

  17. Patri
    June 20, 2017 / 2:26 pm

    i love you vlog so much, it makes me wanna start one myself but idk
    p.s. i love you

  18. Kimberly M
    June 20, 2017 / 2:45 pm

    Loved his blog Tara????Probably my favorite one yet????I’ve always wanted to go to Chicago and I felt like I kind went to Chicago with you through this post????

  19. Abby
    June 20, 2017 / 2:57 pm

    I loved watching your chicago vlogs and now reading this! Inspires me to go there???? Keep it up!!

  20. Coco
    June 20, 2017 / 4:22 pm

    Tara you 50% fulfill my need of adventure with your blog posts! Theyre so good we feel like we were there!
    You make my days better, love you!????❤❤

  21. Abby
    June 20, 2017 / 5:46 pm

    So good! Loved watching the Chicago vlogs too! Youre so great ~ keep it up ❤️

  22. Yvette
    June 20, 2017 / 5:54 pm

    So I am one of your older subscribers, but I enjoy watching your videos and reading your blog with my daughter.. After watching your Chicago video I really wanted to go and visit Chicago. I really like your interactions with your family. Keep up the videos ????

  23. Pasifai Tsourti
    June 21, 2017 / 2:49 am

    I love you Tara , this blog is such a nice way for us to get to know you better and get the behind the scenes for your life (even better than your vlog channel)!!!


  24. Chachou
    June 21, 2017 / 3:11 am

    Chicago looks so cool I would love to go visit it.
    I really like your blog posts, we can see the effort you put in it!
    Love you lots Tara,

  25. June 21, 2017 / 8:10 am

    Amazing pics as always! Love the bean- that’s incredible. I’ve been to Chicago- a few years back I was lucky enough to visit the art institute of Chicago where my aunt worked for some time as a textiles professor. I didn’t see much of the city as soon as I arrived- i had gotten so sick I could leave her flat. ????Thanks for sharing with us!

  26. ashley
    June 21, 2017 / 8:34 am

    I lived in chicago my whole live! Next time you visit come in July/August bc nothing beats summer time Chi or Christmas time Michigan Ave gets lit up so pretty!!! You’re Canadian so you should brace the cold 😉 But visit the John Hancock giordanos portillos!! They’re all tourist attractions!

  27. Brooke Andrea Arelano
    June 21, 2017 / 8:47 am

    Your pictures make me want to visit chicago as well (:
    I love your blog post and you as always ????

  28. Isabel
    June 21, 2017 / 10:40 am

    Hi Tara! I loved seeing your blog post and your Chicago vlogs because I am from Chicago but I wasn’t there when you were! You went to some great spots but you didn’t get traditional Chicago pizza! Love you!

    • Anja
      June 26, 2017 / 3:52 am

      You’r so lucky to live in Chicago! ????

  29. Gabbi
    June 21, 2017 / 12:57 pm

    I’m from Chicago and am so glad you had fun here!! The weather is great in the summer so pleeease come back soon and do a meetup!! Love you Tara❤️

  30. Linda
    June 22, 2017 / 5:37 pm

    Taraaaaa, omg I loved your vlogs while you were in Chicago! Which hotel did you stay at? I’m obsessed with hotels and it was soooo pretty. Anyways, I was born and raised in Chicago and you definitely hit up like the most tourist-y places but if you ever come back, definitely think about hitting up wicker park! It’s not in downtown but it’s one of the best neighborhoods in Chicago. The food around there is AMAZING, there’s so many different cuisines to choose from and the neighborhood is dope, there a lot of places to instagram if you’re into like street art and etc. The restaurants are usually all really aesthetically pleasing too. There’s also Chinatown! (its definitely not really safe at night but during the day it’s great!!) Super good food!!!

    Lincoln Park is also a nice area to walk around and just soak in Chicago. Lincoln Park zoo has some really nice places to see and take pics of! Especially the beehive and there is bridge where you can get the skyline that’s amazing. Also, 360 Chicago is another place where you can get a pic of the entire shoreline of the lake! It’s soooo beautiful during sunset or during the morning.

    Honestly there’s sooo much to do and to see in Chicago, you haven’t even scratched the surface so I hope you come back. And if you come back go to bombobar bc the desserts there is sooooo legit! You also have to try eating at the purple pig! And batter & berries, wildberry and yolk are so delicious breakfast/brunch places! Beatrix and Summer House Santa Monica are great for lunch! Molly’s cupcakes in Lincoln Park is seriously the best cupcakes ever! Ahaha sorry for throwing all this at you. I hope this helps for your next trip! please come back and do a meet up! <3

  31. June 23, 2017 / 7:17 am

    Hey Tara just wanted to say how much I love your videos and your blog. I was just wandering can you do a blog post soon about traveling and what to pack. Love you.

  32. Erika
    June 25, 2017 / 11:26 am

    Hey Tara, what hotel did you stay at? I’d love to plan a trip to Chicago.

  33. Anja
    June 26, 2017 / 3:50 am

    Oh my God i was looking for good blog for such a long time and i’m so happy that you made one cuz i really like your vlogs. Also do you know any other god blogs to read? Lysm 🙂

  34. Savannah
    June 26, 2017 / 1:12 pm

    This has turned out so amazing!! Love the pics

  35. Cianna
    July 17, 2017 / 10:28 am

    I am planning a trip to Chicago for next month. What hotel did you stay at, and would you recommend it? Thanks!

  36. Farah
    October 2, 2017 / 5:53 pm

    Always wanted to visit Chicago, this makes me more excited to go! Keep up the posts 🙂

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