Before I was a resident of Chicago, I was a tourist. I lived in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan – a quiet town just outside of Detroit. Our quaint suburb was a stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of the big city and we loved visiting Chicago on long holiday weekends to take in the sights and sounds. Our pilgrimage to the Windy City became a yearly ritual. We rose before the sun to prepare for the five-hour journey. Our first stop was always Bukhara, a delightful Indian restaurant downtown. While the restaurant is long-gone, our memories of the fabulous Indian food still live on.
After a scrumptious lunch, we made our way to one of our favorite hotels. We switched between the Sofitel, the Marriott, and the Peninsula. Once we established our home base for the weekend, we were free to wander the city exploring tasty eateries, eyeing the latest fashion trends, windowshopping, and enjoying the electric energy Chicago offers.
Oddly enough, we never partook in traditional tourist attractions. While we love a trip to a fine museum or gallery, the street scene was what truly attracted us to Chicago.
Years later, I am a proud resident of Chicago and feel that the city, much like New York, is quintessentially American. It personifies the idea of ingenuity, camaraderie, hard work, innovation, creativity, and know-how. The city is a living, breathing metropolis that has so much to offer its residents and tourists alike. Sure, it’s not without its blemishes (the oppressive traffic and the crowded, noisy streets to name a few), but the city is alive, not a wasteland waiting to be developed. The city pulses with people and energy and there are so many wonderful sights to behold.
While we overlooked the tourist attractions on our countless trips into the city, as a resident now, I marvel at the many wonders the city has to offers. Throughout my daily wanderings, I’ve taken pictures to catalog the great city I call home and hope you are moved to visit us in the Windy City one day.
Until you make it here for a visit, enjoy my musing. I’d love to hear from you if you have any questions or want recommendations on where to eat, stay, and shop in Chicago.
Happy Travels xxx
Willis Tower and 39-foot-tall head in Millennium Park.
‘The Picasso” in Daly Plaza and a view of the Magnificent Mile.