Wow did 2011 go by quickly. I ended the year by taking a weekend trip to Chicago, IL. What a beautiful city. My husband and I took the Mega Bus from Cincinnati to Chicago, and I have to say it was great! You couldn't drive up for $50, which is what it cost for both of us, round trip. It was wonderful not to have to do the driving, and once we got to Chicago we took a taxi to our hotel.
We went up with a couple of friends and had a wonderful time. We took the Hop on/Hop Off trolley and got to see and learned about the city. I would definitely recommend it so you can get a feel for the city and what you want to see. We chose to get off at the Willis (Sears) Tower, and then go up to the 103 floor! Since I am afraid of heights, I can be kind of limited as to what I do, but I have to say the view of beautiful. We even took a step out on the "ledge". AWESOME! (see the pictures below).
We had Chicago pizza, which was yummy! I couldn't believe how deep dish it is. I have made it at home, and it turned out pretty good. I still have to perfect it though.
One of the highlights of the trip was seeing Donny and Marie Osmond in their Christmas show. As always, they put on a wonderful show.
So, if you are looking for a quick weekend getaway, I would recommend Chicago as an option. I would like to go back and spend a little more time there.