The girls waiting for our train,
to go downtown
Our first stop was Navy
Jenna made a Friends-2B-Made
doll at the Navy Pier Build-A-Bear store. Here she is getting
ready to put a heart in her new doll.
Then she helped stuff the doll.
Before getting her dressed, Jenna gave her new doll an air
Emma and Jenna at the Navy Pier Build-A-Bear store
Jenna and her new "baby," Ashley
Then we went on the 150-foot-high Navy
Pier ferris wheel.
Of all the things we talked about before going to Chicago,
Jenna was most excited about going on this ferris wheel!
Emma and me on the ferris wheel
A view of the skyline from the ferris wheel
The rest of Navy Pier, and Lake Michigan, from the top of
the ferris wheel
The ferris wheel may have been high, but we were going to
be heading much higher later in the day – to
the top of the Hancock center (the black building in the right
of this skyline photo)
Jenna and Emma, with the Hancock Building in the background
Emma took this photo of Troy and I
…And Jenna wanted to take a photo of us, too –
from a little bit lower vantage point. :-)
Emma's top thing she wanted to do in Chicago was go to the
Jenna and Emma each chose exactly the same thing at the American
Girl store – a little black cat named Licorice
"I'll take that one, and that one, and that
Our two tired American Girls. :-)
We were headed to the top… Our last stop before dinner
was to visit the Hancock
Emma outside the Hancock building
Poor Jenna slipped and scraped her shin outside the Hancock
building. She felt better after some loves from Dad, though!
Jenna and Emma check out Lake Michigan – from 1,000
Emma looks at Navy Pier, and more of Lake Michigan
Troy and Emma in the Observatory's "Skywalk," an
open-air viewing area.
All of us at the Observatory, with the Sear's Tower in the
far right background
Troy and the girls also stopped to pose for these silly pictures,
that make it look like they're resting on a beam above the
Hancock Center pavillion.
Emma took this photo, showing we were on the 94th floor!
For dinner, we went to the original Gino's
East, just off of Michigan Avenue. One of the cool things
about the restaurant (aside from the phenomenal Chicago-style
pizza) is that you can write or color on the walls…
which the girls thought was way cool!
Emma takes her turn coloring the walls
My addition, to the window behind us :-)
The pizza takes 45 minutes to make, so the girls played with
some of the new things they'd gotten that day while we were
The pizza – which was Troy's favorite thing about our
entire trip to Chicago (yeah, it's that good) –
was huge! The crust was so big, Jenna had to take little bites
out of it; she couldn't even fit it in her mouth!
Emma works on her pizza
After a long day, it was finally time to catch the train back
Just like any of the other commuters, Emma "worked"
on the way back… So maybe most of the other people weren't
using a stuffed Sleeping Beauty horse as a pillow, or circling
American Girl things they wanted, but I'll guarantee you she
took her "work" just as seriously as anything they
were doing! :-)
Emma was very focused on her "work"
Emma and Troy relax at the hotel, when we got back
Jenna liked playing with all her new toys when we got back
to the hotel