The Windy City, my favourite city in the USA, and possibly the most beautiful too! I visited in August and spent the entire day lazing on North Avenue Beach in the sunshine, but despite the glowing summer sun reflecting off Lake Michigan between May and September, I think the true beauty of the city blossoms in the Winter, although the wind chill is definitely something to be wary about! I will always remember attempting to walk to the pancake house mid-January last year, it was -17 Celsius and I couldn’t feel my face, or legs! Needless to say I didn’t make it and instead, settled for one of the hotel’s all-american hot chocolates, topped with whipped cream and marshmallows to help me to defrost. The city has a New York vibe to it, but swap overcrowded streets for wide walkways and NYC cheesecake for Chicago’s famous deep dish, mozzarella-filled shortcrust pizza! Sold it yet?
I’ve visited the city 4 or 5 times now, and each time I find something else to make me fall in love with it even more, so it’s about time I shared what I love most about this city with you all!
The last time I visited Chicago, I was lucky enough to be able to take my mum with me, after raving about the city so much, I felt I needed to do something to show her what I love most about it. I decided on the Chicago River Architecture Boat Cruise, I’d never done this before but after spending 75 minutes floating along the river with a tour guide who knew so much about the city’s history, I would happily do it again and again!
The huge skyscrapers make up much of Chicago’s beauty, however I also love taking a walk around the smaller, residential streets, each house with stone steps climbing up to their front doors and small gardens guarded by black steel fences; just like something you see in the movies. No matter what time of year it is, they always make me feel so festive!
Perhaps Chicago’s most photographed landmark, ‘The Bean’ or ‘Cloud Gate’ off Michigan Avenue is a postcard perfect highlight of the city! The Bean is situated in Millennium Park, just a short walk off Michigan Avenue, I usually take a walk there after breakfast or after I’ve ticked everything off the list of souvenirs for family and friends, from the shopping mall!
Chicago’s deep dish pizza… The best pizza in the world. And it’s definitely not overrated! No matter how hard they try to replicate it back home, nobody does it better than Giordano’s. I’d recommend to order the smallest size in the restaurant but I can never finish it all! I always end up sparing some space in my suitcase so I can pop it in the fridge on board the aircraft and fly the rest back home with me!
The last time I visited Chicago (about October time last year) I was surprised when a local lady told me that the ‘Chicago Hotdog’ is the most famous food in the city, after trying one of the local delicacies I think it’s safe to say that next time I’ll be sticking to the deep dish!
All in all, Chicago is a city I will always hold close to my heart as it is one of the first US cities I visited. It is rifling with culture and I guess that must be why everybody is so happy there! Anyway, enough of my rambling… I hope one day soon you can see it for yourself!
Thank you for reading,
She is novelty; for she is never the Chicago you saw when you passed through the last time.’ Mark Twain