Spring Break Road Trip to Chicago

Ah, Chicago.  The city that is technically part of the Midwest but really doesn’t feel Midwestern.  While my husband and I have visited Chicago in the past, it’s time for the girls to come along and get a taste of The Windy City.

We’re Taking a Bus

From central Iowa there were really only two ways to get to Chicago- you fly or you drive.  (Yes, I suppose you could also take Amtrak…  but the cost is prohibitive not to mention the closest station is an hour away from where we live.)  But last May a new option came to town…  That’s right…


Mega Bus Chicago

We’re taking the Mega Bus!  This is very exciting to our girls as, being suburban kids, they don’t get to ride buses- and this one is a double decker!  It’s very exciting for my husband and I because we don’t have to drive!  And the cost…  approximately the price of a single plane ticket.  It will be a great adventure.

Where We’re Staying

I’m thrilled to have a new Travel Partner this year- Omni Hotels.  After our wonderful stay at the Omni Majestic in St. Louis I was thrilled when Omni offered us lodging at the Omni Hotel Chicago.  It’s located on Michigan Avenue so it’s near to much of the fun Chicago offers.  The views are supposed to be spectacular.  But I think I may be most excited because every room is a suite. I’m not sure there is much I like more when we travel than not sharing a bedroom with my kids…

Omni Chicago Suite

What We Will Do

While I have a few ideas, much of our trip will be guided by social media- Twitter, Facebook, Yelp, websites and apps.  Do you have a favorite Chicago activity for families?  Leave it in the comments or, better yet, let me know on Twitter!  Use #megabus2chicago when you ping me on Twitter and I’ll see it right away!

You will also be able to follow our trip with the #megabus2chicago, as well.  If the kids hate the bus, hold up “the bean” or convince us to buy an American Girl doll, you’ll know it!

Disclosure:  Family Rambling would like to thank MegaBus for providing our tickets and Omni Hotels for our lodging.

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About Jody Halsted

Jody Halsted has been traveling with her children since 2004, proving to everyone who told us it couldn't be done that it can. My goal is to show parents that travel with children is not only possible but it is fun! Travel with kids doesn't have to mean Disney.



  1. Sounds like a really fun trip! Indy has had Megabus for a few years, but we haven’t tried it out yet. Friends have had good experiences, though.

    We took our little guy to Millennium Park on our last trip to Chicago.
    If the weather’s nice, you can’t beat it.

  2. Yeah! Hope you have a fabulous trip. The Bean is a MUST as is Giordano’s pizza and Garret’s popcorn. Yum!

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