kenzie's travel diaries

adventures of a ten year old history buff + traveler

My littlest sister turned six while we were visiting Chicago. An easy way to make a hotel room more festive is to blow up tons of latex balloons and scatter them on the bed. That way, when the birthday girl (or boy) wakes up, they are treated to nice surprise!

Little Goat Diner (820 W. Randolph St, Chicago) is one of my favorite breakfast spots in the city. It reminds me of an old fashioned diner, but more fancy, and with better quality food. They have typical breakfast dishes, but a little more inventive and quirky. I got double dark chocolate crunch pancakes that I shared with my sister. My mom said the coffee is nice and strong, so if you like coffee, this is the place for you!


Have you heard of the television show called Chicago Fire? Well, my parents watch that so we decided to drive by the firehouse (1360 S. Blue Island, Chicago) that they actually film the exterior shots!


Lucky for us my mom found out there was the Brickworld LEGO Convention being held in Schaumburg. Of course we had to visit because we are just huge LEGO fans!

There were tons of LEGO sculptures of all themes. My mom’s favorites are the food or brightly colored ones. My sisters love the more “girly” ones and the mechanical ones, I really enjoy most of them, and my Dad enjoys the really technical and complex designs.

After we went to the Brickworld Convention, we went to Medieval Times in Schaumburg. It’s basically a dinner and a show in this huge castle. They serve chicken, corn, potatoes, drinks, and guess what? You have to eat with your hands! We all sit in different cheering sections to cheer on our knight when they start their jousting competitions!

As you can tell, celebrating your birthday at Medieval Times is really fun, especially if you are turning 6!

Thanks to the awesome staff at Hyatt Regency in Chicago, the celebration continued when we got back to the hotel. A super awesome cake was waiting for my sister when we got back! They really went above and beyond to make her feel special.

Tip: if you stay at Hyatt Regency in Chicago, you are so close to everything! Everything is accessible by walking, the riverwalk and lakeshore are close by, and you get treated to amazing river views if you stay in West Tower. If you come during summer, request a room with a view that you can see fireworks at Navy Pier.

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