Ummm…I’ve changed my mind. Yesterday, I shared five {slightly offbeat} tips for enjoying Chicago with kiddos. I said I’d give you more tips today.

What the heck was I thinking?

I don’t have time to write up a “fun travel” tutorial each day of vacation; nor am I even qualified, given that I spent the first hour of today growling at my kids for waking up too early and making more noise than a herd of elephants! That definitely qualifies as not fun. I’ll leave the rest of the travel advice to the experts.

But here’s our travel journal thus far – in pictures. To my amazement, these have all been taken with my new Samsung Galaxy S3. I have my heavy-duty camera along, but I’ve wound up using the phone way more often {it has 8.0 megapixels and no lag time on the shutter}. I’m finding the photos to be really vivid. And that panoramic shot of the Chicago skyline? It took that, too. So, here’s a peek at where we’ve been, what we’ve done and what’s made us smile…

By the way…I’m part of the Verizon Wireless Midwest Savvy Moms program, which means they gave me a fancy pants phone, six months of service, and the freedom to honestly share my thoughts about the device with you. So far, soooo good!