When Madison and I decide to tour a city, we OWN it. Starting on Wacker, we walked along the Chicago River and then down around The Loop. I just can’t get over the beauty and variety of the architecture – there is always something catching your eye. Coffee caught my eye on Jackson – Intelligentisa Coffee. I think I say this a lot (easily confirmed through looking back on past V Life posts) but they have the best lattes! Amazing flavor and awesome baristas. There are several locations around the city so you have NO EXCUSE not to try it the next time you visit.
What better way to see the city than touring around on the L? We took the Green line almost from end to end – getting off to explore Oak Hill (Frank Lloyd Wright homes) and University of Chicago (beautiful campus, although kind of in the ghetto, and reminded us of touring Cambridge colleges). When I studied abroad in Paris, if I couldn’t walk to my destination I took the bus whenever possible so I could see the sights and not be underground in stinky metro stations. In the same way, it was great seeing different parts of Chicago I would not have been able to see just by walking around.
My favorite part of the day was driving up to Lincoln Park and stopping at Lake Michigan which had awesome waves. There was a storm brewing and the wind was absolutely insane – walking along the beach the sand was blowing around and the waves were crashing on the road. It looked like we were in the middle of the ocean, not on the edge of a major city.
Moving inland a little we found our way to a lily-pond that reminded me of Giverny. I hope I get the chance to go back in the spring when everything will be in bloom. Part of the reason I like Chicago so much is that it reminds me of Paris – so I am delighted that there is a Giverny just down the road!
Hands down, Lincoln Park is my favorite Chicago neighborhood. We went to a fantastic tapas restaurant, Cafe Ba Ba Reeba, and then walked around the surrounding streets for a few hours before we could barely keep our eyes open.
I can definitely see myself here.