Today, HerKentucky continues exploring road trips that are easily made from the Commonwealth. Today's destination: The Windy City!
While Chicago is more quickly reached if departing from Central, Western, or Northern Kentucky, most Kentuckians can reach the home of Garrett Popcorn within 9 hours by car. (Seriously. If you've never had Chicago Mix popcorn, you're missing out. Cheddar cheese and caramel corn mixed. Drool.)
If you'd prefer to fly, there are direct flights from both LEX (Lexington) and SDF (Louisville) which are quick and convenient, as long as you don't mind dealing with O'Hare (ORD).
While you're in Chicago, you must visit The Art Institiute of Chicago so you can see some amazing artwork, including "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" by Georges-Pierre Seurat. (And if you're a musical theater junkie, try to refrain from singing songs from "Sunday in the Park with George")
Next door to The Art Institute is Millennium Park, home of the bean. It's quite fun to take pictures in and around.
Of course you'll want to go shopping on Michigan Avenue, where you'll be happy to know that some budget-friendly stores exist, including H&M and Topshop.
After shopping and exploring (seriously, so many things to do it's crazy to try to list them all. Visit the Chicago tourism website for all kinds of awesome ideas), take a trip up the John Hancock to the 95th floor where you can have drinks at Signature Room at the 95th and take in the view:
Of course, you can always head to the John Hancock observation deck or the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) Skydeck, but sitting after a long day of sightseeing with a martini in hand is quite fabulous.
Now, on your way home, make sure to grab some Chicago mix popcorn for me, okay?