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My Kind of Town (Chicago is)

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Growing up in a western suburb of Chicago, it’s a wonder I didn’t make it downtown very often as a child. That’s okay, I think, because I might not have appreciated it very much anyway, and it made trips to the city that much more special. Even taking violin lessons with an instructor based in an older building on Michigan Avenue (I can’t remember the name!) during my early high school years was kind of surreal.

 

When my younger brother headed off to college, my parents moved downtown. Perfect! I didn’t worry about not having “my own room” when I came home to visit, and my suburban friends were very into the Rush Street bar scene and city shopping when they were home for the holidays. My parents, who know the city well, also provided my brother and me with many a cultural experience. My love affair with Chicago bloomed.

 

Today, my parents still live in the Chicago area, and I have enjoyed bringing my family to the city for various events, or to just wander around and hang out. Scott was already familiar with Chicago as well- perfect fit.

 

While I won’t pretend to love trudging through -10 degree wind chill in the Loop while Chicago displays the reason for one of its many monikers (e.g. The Windy City), I do think it’s pretty in any season. Barbara Weibel of Hole in the Donut travel has captured in words and photos so much of Chicago’s charm, you really should check it out here. And below, I’ve tried to relay some of the interesting spots we like to frequent.

 

Please let us know your favorites about Chicago!

 

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A quick photo taken out the car window, Lakeshore Drive at night. John Hancock building, and The Drake Hotel.

 

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Ice skating at McCormick Tribune skating rink, otherwise known as Millennium Park rink.

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The iconic “Bean,” or Cloud Gate, Millenium Park.

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Riding the 147 bus

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Water Tower, Michigan Avenue

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Chicago Diner, “Meat Free Since ’83”

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Peeking in the door at a jazz rehearsal, Chicago Cultural Center

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Spirit of the Great Lakes fountain, near the Art Institute

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Jaume Plensa’s “1004 Portraits” sculpture installment, Crown Fountain. “The Girls” stand 18 feet high.

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The new Maggie Daley Park, with a fantastic ice skating ribbon.

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Inside the Briar Street theater- Blue Man Group

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One final look up into the center of the Bean

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