So I lived in Chicago for five years while I was in grad school and that city feels like home to me. I wrote my first novel there. My babies were born there. I made some of my best friends (to this day) there. No matter where I am, I always miss it. Well, I finally (after 3 years of being away) got to go back for a visit.
7 things I miss about Chicago:
- Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant in Lincoln Square (best burrito ever).
- Being surrounded by other writers (best support system ever).
- The amazing view from the Hancock Building (in every direction).
- Perusing the shelves at the independent & used bookstores (which thankfully are still standing & always make me feel like home).
- The skyline at night (all those fabulous lights).
- The energy of the city (everybody bustling about at almost all hours of the day) & all the stuff to do downtown (museums, parks, restaurants, shopping, the lake, & on & on).
- Some kind of coffee shop on nearly every corner (great place to grab a table & a coffee & spend hours writing uninterrupted).
5 things you may not know about Chicago:
- It’s called The Windy City not because of the weather but because of the politicians (all that talking & hot air).
- The Sears Tower (well, apparently now it’s called the Willis Tower) is the second-tallest building in the United States at 108 stories.
- Twinkies (delish!) were invented in Chicago during The Great Depression.
- The first steel-frame skyscraper (amazing skyline!) was invented in 1884 by a Chicago architect.
- Walt Disney (“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”) was born in Chicago.
If you ever have the chance to go to Chicago for a visit (or to live there), don’t even hesitate. Go! You won’t be disappointed. Go!
Have you made your Life List yet?