Chicago is what Toronto will be like in 100 years – a multicultural city with a beautiful lake view, a thriving art/hipster scene, beautiful architecture … and history (which is why Toronto needs another century to catch up).
Well, Porter Airlines has changed that with an airport right in the city (Toronto Island) and pretty good seat sales if you’re on the ball. Plus, having a friend living in Chicago is an added bonus.
|Chicago deep dish pizza|
The first thing that sticks out about Chicago is how green the city is. The city is sectioned into distinctly planned neighbourhoods, with tree lined streets, and vintages houses with backyards. I fell in love with the eclectic neighbourhoods, with cute cafes, boutiques and thrift stores. I stayed in Wicker Park, home of the hipsters, with an eastern European history. This area is also filled with art studios – ones you can just walk into, and visit the artist in their realm, where most live, display and sell their work. The Flat Iron Building is known for this, with small galleries and artists’ lofts, giving this neighbourhood an urban hippe vibe (hence the hipsters I suppose). It’s an art lovers dream!
The Chicago subway system is 24 hours, and simple to navigate. And if you can’t, the Chicago locals are more than happy to help you. You have to leave the American stereotype behind when in Chicago; it has the friendliest people I have ever come across in North America (yes, even nicer than Canadians!). As most American cities, Chicago also has a big Mexican population contributing to the awesome taco restaurants that fill every corner. But unlike other American cities, Chicago has much MORE than just Mexican food. It thrives as a multicultural city with mostly American and Mexican food choices, but lots of other ethnic hot spots as well.
After the great fire in Chicago, the city became an architectural playground. This is what makes this city unique and beautiful. I can only imagine how much prettier this place is in the summer, a popular venue for open air concerts.