The Art Institute of Chicago

This museum was one of the top, if not THE top, “must-see” places on the results that came up when I searched “top things to do in Chicago.” I would have gone without a second thought if it were just me, but I wasn’t sure if my other friends would be down to visit an art museum on our (way too) short 3-day trip. However, my inner dork rejoiced when they were game! :)

Art Institute of Chicago Main Staircase

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Grant’s Farm

That’s right. It’s “Grant,” as in Ulysses S. Grant, 18th president of the USA. In all my years here in St. Louis, I had no idea that I was only a short drive away from his 280-acre farm that was founded in the 1850’s. Apparently this was also where he met and fell in love with his wife, Julia Dent (cue the collective “awww”). Now this piece of land is owned by the Busch’s (yes, of Anheuser-Busch). But it’s “free” for the public to visit (parking is $12), so I gladly opted to spend my day on a farm last Saturday.

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