There is no place like Chicago. Who needs New York, when you have Chicago? I have always been excited about coming to Chicago, which is something I’ve done for all my life. I was born there, but didn’t have the privilege of growing up there. I have often wondered how different I might be if I had.
Chicago is full of history, culture, and unforgettable landmarks. Chicago is a photographer’s dream. The beauty of the Art Deco is still alive in certain places downtown. There is so much to do and never enough time to do it in. There is so much to eat and again, never enough time to allow your taste buds to sing and dance as they are coated with the various flavors and peoples that bring this great city alive! For me, there is no better city to be a part of. I have such a deep love and infatuation with this city because this is also where my family is.
It’s a bonus that my family lives there. I look forward to allowing my children to spend summers in Chicago as I did. Where my daughters can learn to double-dutch, sons can learn style and how to be an individual, and they can all experience summertime in the Chi. Opened fire hydrants, that spray the children with cooling water while in their swimsuits, as uncles stay back and patiently wait for the water to go back down to wash their Cadillacs in the remaining water that is now slowly pouring out into the street.
I look forward to seeing them play in the snow and beg desperately to come inside because “The Hawk” has whipped past their faces one time too many. I can’t wait for them to enjoy Jay’s chips, Italian Beef sandwiches, Penny cookies, and Penny Candies, corner stores, and Deep Dish Pizzas. Going to the Taste of Chicago during the 4th of July and seeing their awesome display of fireworks. Going to the Shedd Aquarium, Museum of Natural History & Science, the Planetarium, the Navy Pier, Soldier Field, Wrigley Field or not even having a desire to go downtown because there is so much fun to be had with their cousins at home! There is no place like Chicago.
Chicago means beautiful memories with me and my cousins, aunts, and uncles,…and how even though the loss of a loved one is dreadful, we are still able to smile because we all still have each other. As I mentioned, I wasn’t raised in this great city, but I believe that helps me to appreciate this city even more. Chicago is my home away from home. Chicago is my family. Chicago will forever be my favorite city!