Day two of our Lighthouse Tour kick started in the big city of Chicago! Staying at the Crowne Plaza in Downtown (one of our IHG property affiliates), we had a check out of noon meaning a quick workout and a delicious breakfast in their onsite restaurant, Dine. After breakfast we decided to head out in search of some downtown activity. We knew we had to head to Navy Pier to see a few lighthouses, and figured we’d hit the Millennium Park…because even when you’ve seen “the bean” 20 times, you can’t make a trip without a quick visit. So with that we made our way around Chicago on the hunt for parking just in time to be bombarded by runners who participated in the Shamrock Shuffle. To avoid the chaos, we hit the first sign for the millennium parking garages, and headed under the streets. Once we made our way back to street level, we found ourselves right by the park, joined by fellow tourists and Illinoisans enjoying the warmer weather. There in the park sat the bean, surrounded by hoards of people taking pictures and awing in amazement. After taking our pictures, we hit the streets in an attempt to get to Navy Pier. Using Google Maps we were able to easily navigate the way…for the most part. The picture to the right, is the street that Molly said we had to walk down, which had no sidewalk and merging traffic…I’m sure you can imagine the adventure. Once to Navy Pier we were greeted by a series of outdoor enthusiasts, with runners, bikers and dog walkers taking advantage of the sunny day. The Navy Pier was bustling, like a summer afternoon despite their construction efforts. We made our way along the water’s edge spotting four lighthouses including the 4 Mile Crib Light, Chicago Harbor Southeast Guide Wall, Chicago Harbor Light, and the William E. Dever Crib Light. We stopped for a Starbucks, made the trek back to the parking garage, and continued onward up the north coast – headed for Wisconsin.
Lighthouse Roadtrip Tip #256: Bring binoculars! Crib lights have been used extensively on the great lakes, and are usually miles offshore. Unless you can take a boat, or aerial tour – binoculars will give you the best view of their unique shapes and years of Lake Michigan wear.