Magic on the Lake {an evening at Navy Pier}

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A week ago we were lucky enough to get a babysitter for an entire day (!!!), so BF and I headed to the city to have lunch and drinks with a friend of his from out-of-state. Afterwards, were in the car, about to jump on the highway to drive back, when we stopped ourselves.  What were we doing? We had a night to ourselves, the stifling heat of the day was rapidly dropping, a nice lake breeze was kicking in, and the sun was beginning to dip. We were headed into the absolute best time of day to be in the city, and it would be madness to turn that in for rush hour traffic. The thirty dollars we’d pay in parking to run around and enjoy our night would be worth it’s weight in gold.

We ended up at Navy Pier, which is either an overcrowded tourist trap, or a magical place of sunsets, margaritas, waves and twinkling lights, depending on when you go. On that evening it was the latter. At night it clears out a lot, and we spent some much-needed time relaxing on restaurant patios overseeing the lake, drinks in hand. It was wonderful. I have a thing for boats (seriously, it’s one of my life’s dreams to someday own a boat) and I adore being on the water, so BF bought us tickets to a sunset cruise on the Tall Ship Windy. There’s absolutely nothing better than sitting on the deck of a giant ship with your best friend, sipping a rum and coke, and watching the sun set the sky afire behind the skyline of the greatest city on earth. If you do know of something better keep it to yourself, because I like thinking that I pretty much discovered perfection

I really should start automatically grabbing my DSLR when we go to the city, because I always kick myself later for not having it. We always end up on so many random adventures chock full of amazing photo opportunities. Even though the battery on my phone was dying, I still managed to capture some pretty nice shots.

There are some days that just feel like magic. This was one of them.

Does your city have any “tourist traps” that you absolutely love?

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