This is for travelers who love cities and for those that live outside of city noise or chaos but like to explore things a little sometimes to spice things up. I’m a city girl or at least have grown up in a city. Things like seeing high-rise buildings, lots of people walking around, crossing streets and lots of food places remind me of home. There are good and bad things about city life though. One good part is that there is always something happening. Imagine looking out through your window in a big city versus in the suburbs. The city is full of energy while the suburbs are more likely to be calm. Again, I might be biased about it but some people like the energy while some prefer the calmness, trees, and the chirp of the birds. A bad part about the city is traffic sucks! Although, it depends where you are.
A friend, my two sisters, and I went to Chicago for the weekend recently. We noticed that Chicago has a parking problem too. Also, Illinois has a road tax while some other states don’t. So, this means every time you pass toll road, you’ve pay or you can buy a pass instead of stopping multiple times. So, living there can be costly. Perhaps, that’s why bigger city jobs pay higher rates, to accommodate the cost of living.
Just because you don’t live there, doesn’t mean you can’t go there. If you do choose to go, there are lot of things to visit. There’s a lot of see around and also not everything cost money. For example, you can walk around in Millennium park for free. So there are lots of opportunities that don’t cost money. A lot of times, people perform there too! Unfortunately they did not have anyone performing anything at the time we were there. Everything is mostly in downtown. For international travelers, I would suggest to stay in hotel that’s outside downtown as staying in downtown can be expensive. Besides, downtown is little over an hour away so it’s not that bad and you can always use bus to travel places. The “Cloud Gate” sculpture also known as bean acts as fun-mirror where tourists or people can take pictures. People say you can get 360 reflection of the city there.
We also visited a place called Devon Street. Devon Street is in a very diverse area and is a sort of China-town area but with many different cultures. I loved food there. We went to an Indian buffet. The hot tea was perfect, and prepared like back home! What I liked about that place is I saw more diversity and people doing their own thing in their traditional dresses. It’s normal life not dressing up for any event really. Wearing what defines their culture or shows part of it, I guess and being comfortable. Not trying to change to fit in! You can hear all kinds of languages there,English, Hindi, other languages are spoken there. You see all kinds of posters, signs in shops written in many different languages. That’s what I picture, when I think of USA, as a melting pot. Although, sadly you don’t see it around everywhere.
If you like doing indoor stuff, then I would say visit Aquarium. There you will see cool fishes including sharks and the like. Also, Cheese Cake Factory has yummy cheese cakes. Movie theaters play all kinds of movies, including international films too! We went to watch “Jackie: The Foreigner” movie. I’m a big fan of Jackie! He is really good actor and that movie was good. If you like action movies then you will like it or if you are Jackie fan then you know it already! The movie shows more of British and Ireland relationship in the story when Jackie plays a role solving the problem, desperate from losing his family. That’s a little overview of the movie. I’ve never seen such fancy movie theater before where there are these fancy “Dream Lounger” chairs and where you feel like you are watching movie from home. It was really cool experience in the AMC theater. So, I would suggest you to go. Some people bring blankets to get extra cozy! It’s really cool experience, I must say. So, I hope this helps you decide or help you plan a trip to Chicago!