I never thought that I’d be one to take a trip to any big cities, but when news came out that one of my favorite bands was playing at Soldier Field on May 12th, I found myself planning a weekend trip to Chicago, Illinois. My best friend and I went to Chicago to see the k-pop group BTS, and while we might not have gotten to do a lot of the tourist ideas we had planned because we were standing in merchandise lines for hours on end, we were still able to see some pretty beautiful sights.

Including the famous, what seems to be “land of windmills” on the drive up, and some amazing artwork from the Art Institute of Chicago (some of which everybody is sure to recognize).    

During our weekend in Chicago, it was a chilly 45 degrees the entire time, along with being rainy and, naturally, windy. It made for slightly uncomfortable walks, but easy ones at the same time. Coming from an urban city in Northern Kentucky, and then suddenly being in a city where transportation is expensive, walking becomes second nature. We walked 8 miles the first day, and 6 miles the second day, and it was a shock to see we had walked that far when all we were doing was going from point A to point B!

Aside from the Art Institute, we of course wanted to make sure we saw the largest Chicago attraction: Cloud Gate (more commonly known as “The Bean”). It looks pretty wild looking up from underneath! As you can see from all the people around it, “the bean” is rather large. For a personal size reference, I have included a picture of me (left) and my friend (right) standing in front of it.

After seeing “the bean,” we began getting ready for the concert, BTS’s Love Yourself: Speak Yourself tour. We arrived three hours early to ensure everything went smoothly, and the concert itself was wonderful! Worth every penny, and the very realistic probability of pneumonia. BTS

The group’s fans are called “army,” hence the text written on the screen on the last image, which was displayed on the screens at the ending of the concert.

While my trip to Chicago might have been a bit of an unusual one for normal trip-takers, I can assure you it didn’t come without planning. We looked through Fodor’s Chicago, for hours on end wishing that we’d have more time in the city, so if I had to recommend a book for helping to plan a trip up north, that would be the one!

What’s your favorite thing to do in the Windy City?

Hannah Ash is a Library Associate at the Kenton County Public Library and a huge social media lover, as well as loving all things music.



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