Hunting for Beauty in Chicago

To those celebrating, I wish you a very blessed Holy Triduum ahead. I will be back next week with more posts on Chicago.

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While Chicago is filled with many museums (Field, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Art Institute of Chicago among them) and attractions (Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium), visiting them all in the span of a weekend can:

1. Burn a hole through your bank account because entry fees add up!

2. Leave you exhausted simply because a weekend is not enough time to visit all of them. Let’s face it – I can spend an entire day in the Museum of Science and Industry alone.

So, I chose to not go into any of the above attractions and opted to check out other beautiful things in the city instead.

If you are like me, below are 7 places worth visiting when you are in the Windy City.

Best of all? Everything is free!

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Doorways, Chi-Town

I first noticed them when we were walking hurriedly up Michigan Avenue.

We just grabbed a quick breakfast at a local bakery and we were on our way to the Chicago Tribune building to meet our guide for a free walking tour of the Loop (which was a no-show, by the way. What a disappointment!).

ChiDoors

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Chicago Eats: Pizza, Popcorn, and Donuts

One of the advantages of traveling with a PhD candidate (ahem, Ella) is the amount of research that is done prior to the trip. This is especially handy if said PhD candidate is a crazed foodie who could readily scrutinize Yelp reviews and is never shy to ask for restaurant recommendations from her many connections. Find a friend like this and you are guaranteed to eat well throughout your trip.

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A Tale of Two Towers

Nothing could ever prepared me for it. Not for this.

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The People of Chicago

A part of Chicago's skyline from the Navy Pier

A part of Chicago’s skyline from the Navy Pier

First it was the #147 bus driver, cruising south on Michigan Avenue. Having lost a lane-takeover battle to a cab driver, he sighed heavily and I said, “Long day, huh?”. As I stood beside him waiting to get off.

“I’ve only just started, ma’am”

“Oh, long night ahead then?”

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