Hear about travel to Chicago, Illinois as the Amateur Traveler talks to Francesca Mazurkiewicz from theworkingmomstravels.com about her hometown of Chicago.
Francesca says of Chicago, “I was born and raised in Chicago. You think about American big cities and the first one that comes to mind is New York. Why do people love New York? It’s big. There’s always something going on, the neighborhoods, the history. Chicago is much the same way. Why should people come here? It’s smaller than New York. It’s probably a bit more affordable. There are so many world-class attractions and events that happen in this city. It’s definitely a melting pot of a city. There is plenty to do in all seasons. It’s very vibrant and Chicagoans are some of the most genuine people you are ever going to meet.”
Francesca starts us with some of the main sites downtown like going up in some of its skyscrapers (in the city where they were invented) like the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and the Hancock Building. Then we get down on the river and take an architectural cruise.
We cruise the miracle mile with its fancy shops and then hang out in some of the great parks along Lake Michigan like Millennium Park with its iconic “Bean” (Cloud Gate) sculpture where we have to stop for a selfie. Past the parks is the Museum Campus with the Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, and Field Museum of Natural History.
You can also find Soldier Field down by the Museum Campus, although Francesca would prefer to attend a Blackhawks hockey game or a baseball game with the Cubs at historic Wrigley Field.
But what Francesca really wants us to see are some of the lesser-known neighborhoods of Chicago like Little Italy (where she grew up), Andersonville (a Swedish neighborhood), or Hyde Park. She gives us some suggestions on how to eat our way through her old stomping grounds in Little Italy.
Whether you come for a festival like Lollapalooza or the Christkindlmarket at Christmas time or you come for its world-class museums and parks, you will find a city that may be nicknamed the “Second City” but is the first in the hearts of many.
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