I haven't been able to explore too much because I am busy with the conference, but so far I have gone to Sear's Tower (very touristy BUT definitely worth seeing...INCREDIBLE views!), then I walked down the Magnificent Mile- their main shopping area downtown- and amazingly suppressed the urge to buy anything (go me!). After losing a little steam during the day a much needed trip to the Hershey store was in order where I purchased a Smore's Brownie ( I was going to post a picture of it but I think it would make you too hungry haha).
Me at the top of Sear's Tower... with a mutant Chicago bug!
The next part of my Chicago journey included a bus tour all over the Downtown area. I know this may seem lame, but every time I have taken a tour of any city I have visited I never regret it- you learn so much about the surrounding areas and get to cover more ground when you don't have to walk. I think one of my favorite things I got to see on this trip was "The Bean" in Millennium Park. First of all, I did not know the Bean was in Chicago and I also never thought that it would it would be so fun to see! PS- ignore my mismatching shoes :) I was wearing back heals that actually went with my outfit but they were hurting my feet and leopard print flats were all I had for spares!