I Will Always Love You, Chicago

Growing up, my family went to Chicago every year. While we technically went to visit my grandparents that lived in the surrounding suburbs, we always made trips into the city.  I have so many memories there. I broke out in chicken pox during a visit to the zoo, one year. I took a mini train ride at the museum and saw baby birds hatch. I tasted my first gyro. Let’s just say some of my best memories took place in Chicago, because I could go on forever!

After college, I went to Chicago and lived in the area for a bit. If I could do things over, I would have stayed longer. Leaving my beloved city so soon is one of my biggest regrets.

Don’t make the same mistake I did. If Chicago is calling your name, you need to answer. You will be so glad you did.

If you still need some convincing before you make the move to Chicago, let me share with you some of my favorite things about the city.
1. The city is beautiful.
For a small part of my life, I thought I wanted to be an architect. Then I learned that most architects build boring things so that was the end of that. While my desire to be an architect is gone, I still really appreciate a beautiful building, public art, and a beautifully designed city.
One of my favorite places in the city is of course the beautiful Millennium Park.  I have more awe and wonder for this place. When designing this place, you can tell they really thought about how to make it aesthetically pleasing.
Isn’t the Jay Pritzker Pavilion just beautiful?! I remember when my brother saw it for the first time. He called it a Picasso. While not true, it is was a surprising similarity for a child of his age to notice.
I’m pretty sure everyone that knows anything about Chicago can recognize this picture. Of course, I will never call it Cloud Gate. It will forever be The Bean to me.
2. There is so much to do.
I’ve been to Chicago more times than I can count and I still haven’t done it all. That’s how much there is to do in this city.
I love to visit museums. yes, I visit the same one over and over again! There is always so much to see and absorb. You really can’t get it all in the first time.
Growing up my favorite museum was the Museum of Science and Industry. This place has changed so much over the years of my life.
Of course, now that I am older, my interests have changed from submarines and coal mines to art and history.  I never miss the Art Institute of Chicago or  The Field Museum when I am in town.
3. The food is amazing!
If you love food, you will love Chicago. It is one of the places where you can have the best meal of your life at some random place for $10 or you can treat yourself to an opulent dinner that costs hundreds.
So I’m going to say something that will make some people angry. I don’t really like Chicago style pizza…. That being said you should try it and decide for yourself. Pizzaria Uno is a great place to try. I’d recommend the sausage. Growing up, we always had Aurelio’s.
Looking for some suggestions for food? I have you covered!
Haute Sausage is a great place for some serious dogs. Also never put ketchup on a hotdog. You may incite a riot.
Garret Popcorn is an absolute must. I can smell it from here.
Le Bouchon if you are looking for divine French food.
Want a cup of coffee in the prettiest place on earth? Try The Allis at Soho House Chicago. While you are there, check out the local listings at ForRent.com

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