Feelin’ the Illinoise!

Feelin' the Illinoise!

Feelin' the Illinoise!

I am writing this post from the gorgeous and oh-so-gansgter Chicago, Illinois. It has long been a dream of mine to travel to this beautiful place, see the sights and bask in the glory of the Midwestern United State’s largest city. Being in America has been an interesting experience, especially after having studied US History extensively last term. The biggest difference I’ve seen between Montreal and Chicago, other than the pleasantly balmy weather we got goin’ on at the moment, is the urban-ness of this place. The houses, buildings, roads, and parks are jam packed in perfectly spaced rows. Flying in one could not help notice the grid that the city was built upon. Apparently it was rebuilt this way following the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Either way, today is Dim Sum and I’s lazy day so we are sitting around Victoria’s place and chillaxing. I decided it’d be best to fill you guys in on our trip thus far. So here are the 5 best things about Chi-city so far!

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1. Victoria’s Place

Vic's Place

Vic's Place

The way Victoria described it certainly did not do it justice. This pad is worthy of a Tsar. The walls are lined with paintings, doodads. The furniture is comfortable and classy ranging from leather couches to a pillow-laden Chinese day bed. Best of all, there is a constant supply of delicious ingredients with which to make delectable snacks at any time of day or night. Last night, in celebration of Mardi Gras, we enjoyed Gwen’s(Victoria’s mom) sultry jambalaya followed by strawberry-iced vanilla cake. Needless to say, we are getting our fill. Only downside is that in two days I know I will be returning to res and its tiny rooms, destitute kitchen and barren fridges. Ah well, ’tis the life of a student.

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2. Downtown Chicago

Woah!

Woah!

Wowza!

Wowza!

The Bean!

The Bean!

After only experiencing the retro skyline of Montreal for the last while, Chicago is breathtaking. The buildings are so massive, prominent and breathtaking. We were lucky to go downtown on a breathtakingly blue-skied day which provided a stellar backdrop for the skyscrapers. They are truly a testament to America’s majesty. For those of you wondering what the Bean is, it’s an incredibly shiny aluminum bean in Millennium Park in the heart of downtown. Very strange indeed, but nevertheless an amazing sight.

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3. Deep Dish Pizza

Yum

Yum

Pizza just ain’t pizza unless it’s 3 inches thick. The sauciness, cheesiness and meatiness of that pizza will flavour my dreams for the rest of my days…

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4. The L-Train

Whoosh!

Whoosh!

Tracks

Tracks

At first, Dim Sum and I found the L-train’s roar frightening, obnoxious and far too frequent. Vic’s place is about 2 blocks from the stop at Diversey and Sheffield and so we get the pleasure of hearing it about every 2-3 minutes. However, it has definitely grown on me. After having experienced its convenience and comprehensiveness that sums up to the best public transit system I may have ever had the pleasure of riding I must say the L-Train is pretty wicked. Dim Sum and I have now grown accustomed to its groan and fall asleep each night to its iron lullaby.

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5. The Company!

Where? Oh Chicago!

Where? Oh Chicago!

Dim Sum has been an amazing companion during this trip. I am very glad he decided to come to Chi-City with the Sash-man and see the sights. Victoria has been a splendid guide and host helping us brave the ghetto, avoid the sketchy places and show us the beautiful underbelly of this otherwise concrete metropolis. They’ve made the trip as far as I am concerned.

Vic's feet

Vic's feet

Ooh lala

Ooh lala

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Alrighty, that’s all for now folks. Dim Sum, Vic and I are gonna go downtown and shop for some new kicks then meet her papa for steak dinner. Tah tah for now.

sash

Some more pics:

Wall of 9 Dragons

Wall of 9 Dragons

Cultural Center

Cultural Center

Dome

Dome

Millenium Park

Millenium Park

Diversity

Diversity

Dimsum @ Clayton's

Dimsum @ Clayton's

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4 Comments

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4 responses to “Feelin’ the Illinoise!

  1. oleh

    You have let us in part “Come on and feel the Illinoise”.

    I remember the multiple architectural Wows walking on Michigan and States Avenues and I am not even an architectural junkie. Sorry I missed the Deep Dish.

    I am looking forward to hearing a couple of more highlights, perhaps the Chicago Art Institute or some blues.

  2. alena

    What an amazing journey to go in such fine style! The apartment looks unreal and what dreams are made of. Everyone reports that the architecture is incredible, but I always think of it as old gangster style. This looks sparklingly new and high tech. I am so grateful to your friend for inviting you. Have a wonderful rest of your stay and you will always carry your memories with you.

  3. This seems like quite the adventure.

    Thanks for the photos.

  4. Tristan

    It looks like you had quite the time in Chicago. I had a layover there on an amtrak journey in september (http://northernsong.wordpress.com/2009/09/06/chicago-update/). I had quite the few hours! The Jazz festival was happening and I took in several free shows before heading back to catch an overnight train to Buffalo.
    (photos here: http://picasaweb.google.ca/tristan.laing/RailJourneyChicagoLayover#)

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