Back in The Windy City

Work took me back to Chicago last week for the BlogHer conference. Our client event was a great success (thank you bloggers who participated!) and we had a little bit of time to enjoy some great restaurants and… The Skydeck!

As i mentioned previously, i have always wanted to visit the Skydeck. I’ve heard the views are astonishing but my real reason for going is to make progress towards overcoming a deep-rooted fear of heights. I don’t want this fear to paralyze me from living life and taking risks (acceptable risks like going on a Skydeck, not stupid risks such as not wearing a seat belt).

Weather be damned, since the skies were grey and a bit rainy, i grabbed two co-workers and dragged them with me. It’s a complete tourist attraction but it was so much fun. I could feel my stomach drop and my head started playing tricks on me as i stepped out on the Skydeck for the first time.

This is me (and two co-workers) 1,353 over Chicago. We like this photo because the shoes represent our personalities.
This is me (and two co-workers) 1,353 feet above Chicago. We like this photo because the shoes represent our personalities.

If you go to the Skydeck, i strongly recommend putting down your own camera for a few minutes and walking around to observe other visitors. Yes, they are tourists but seeing how others experience this is interesting. Everyone has a different story based on family dynamics, age and their own fear of heights.

Part of the fun of the Skydeck is watching other people stand on the deck.
Part of the fun of the Skydeck is watching other people stand on the deck.

In the event the Skydeck and conquering a fear of heights is not your thing, i am happy to pass along On the Go Joe’s brunch recommendation.  I’ll let his video explain the rest.

Prior to attending the conference, Patrice Yursik (aka, the amazing @afrobella) shared fantastic recommendations for what do, see and eat in Chicago. I can’t recommend this post enough and hope you’ll check it out. In addition to offering her personal favorites, Patrice offered excellent alternatives for places to get great deep-dish pizza and hot dogs. Of all the “what to do” posts i saw, this was the biggest differentiator and what makes hers the best.

Author: Judi Kennedy

Wanderlust. A professional aunt, fitness enthusiast, dog owner and avid reader the rest of the time.

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