I have a soft spot for this US city. I lived here for a short time after I graduated from University and I love it. Despite the fact that it’s a big city, I found the people here pretty friendly with a somewhat relaxed vibe (who said big city people weren’t friendly?). Downtown Chicago or the Magnificent Mile is where I spent alot of time since I worked 2 jobs right on North Michigan Avenue. The shopping here is great along that one strip alone and there are endless spots to eat, hang out or have a few drinks. There’s always a great vibe in this city, especially during the holiday season ie: Christmas and New Year, and the city definitely lives up to it’s name “the Windy City” (there were times I thought I needed to tie bricks onto my shoes to keep me from blowing away). It also experiences 4 very distinct seasons, from extreme colds to warm summers! (Something, I’m definitely not very use to).My very first visit here was the first time in my life I experienced weather as cold as a Chicago winter, and the first time I saw snow (that wasn’t on TV). The landmarks and history of this city is pretty interesting too. You can even sometimes find stories and pictures of their ‘gansta’ past of Al Capone in restaurants and read up on the Chicago fires on bridges and/or buildings if you pay attention.
If you get a chance to visit Chicago, check out one of their museums, shopping malls, many restaurants or just hang out in Millenium Park and take some pictures at the Changing Faces of Chicago Waterfall or the Cloud Gate. While I was living in Chicago, I even managed to get tickets to be in the audience of NBC’s Jerry Springer Show – that was a bit of an experience in itself.
Another ‘must-do’ while visiting this city is checking out the observation deck of the Sears Tower (or now called the Willis Tower) – the tallest building in North America. From here you can see views of 4 States – Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana. It’s also the one building that stands out the most in Chicago’s city skyline.
You can also make your way to Navy Pier, which is a long pier that juts out into the shoreline. It’s basically stores, restaurants, ferris wheel, IMAX theatre and even a Children’s museum. It’s a popular place for tourists and it’s also the place where I got engaged (right by the water before it started to rain).
While you’re here, you should also try a deep dish pizza – this is a Chicago thing and they’re delicious!
Whether you want to visit this city when it’s covered in white snow, when the leaves are falling off the trees during the Autumn time (or “Fall” as they say) or when everyone is out and about in the Summertime – Chicago is a fantastic city to visit with lots to see and do. You should check it out sometime if you haven’t already.