A Bookish Adventure in Chicago ǀ Travel

Jess McGlynnSeptember 26, 2017

Some of you may have spotted from my Instagram that I recently went on a trip to Chicago.  This was a huge deal for me; my first time in the US and a meet-up with some ladies which I met through being on Youtube.

It sounds so strange to say it out loud in that way…it certainly sounded strange at immigration when I landed at O’Hare airport as well!  But although I never quite believed that I would actually travel to America when we planned the trip well over a year ago, somehow when we were altogether it felt entirely natural.

These are women which I speak to on a regular basis, outside of just commenting on each other’s content.  Women whose lives I knew about, and who I felt I have come to know fairly well so although it was odd to think we’d never actually physically all met, as soon as we were together it was just a whole lot of fun!

madison capitol building

Of course with us all being on Booktube the obvious reason behind our meet up was to enjoy some of the more bookish delights in the city but we also did a number of touristy things as well which was ideal for me and my first trip across the pond.  I spent a couple of days in Madison with Katie before heading into Chicago to meet up with Mollie and Julie.  Although this wasn’t our original plan I feel like it worked out so perfectly as I got to see some of the Mid-West as well as the HUGE city which is Chicago.

chicago skyline

chicago marina boats

We went on an architectural boat tour in Chicago which was probably one of the highlights of my trip.  It meant that we got to see parts of the city we would probably never have discovered otherwise as well as getting some insight into the history of the city and the surrounding area.  When I say that Chicago is HUGE, I really mean it.  Everything, buildings included is on a vast scale and just looking up made you feel really, really tiny.

chicago bean

chicago night skyline

Shockingly I didn’t take too many pictures of the trip but I did a whole lot of filming and I have shared the vlog at the end of this post if you fancy a more in-depth look at what we got up to.  We filmed a number of collaborative videos too which will also be uploaded soon by the other ladies.

3 arts restoration cafe

chicago bookstore

3 arts restoration cafe

I will also hopefully be sharing separately the experiences we had of the bookstores in Chicago as we visited a good number and I feel they very much deserve their own post!


  • Krissy N.

    September 28, 2017 at 14:19

    Yay! I can't wait to see all of these videos across all of your channels! Looks like you had so much fun! Great pictures.

  • Cardiff Mummy Says

    October 3, 2017 at 13:42

    Oh wow, what an amazing experience! I have lots of friends who I have met through blogging and it is so surreal meeting up with them in person. I remember saying to one ‘you are actually real!’. You don’t just live on my laptop and phone!

  • Jennifer Gladwin

    October 8, 2017 at 20:52

    It sounds wonderful. How lovely you have made such great friends through YouTube

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