Charming Chicago

This is my kind of town, Chicago is
My kind of town, Chicago is
My kind of people too
People who smile at you

Frank Sinatra



Even though I had lived in Toronto for 6 years with New York a relatively short distance away, I had never actually visited the United States of America until I went to Chicago this year (not for lack of trying, but more on that in a different post).

I was very excited to finally get to visit a small part of America. Even though I only spent 3 days in the city, I feel like I got the best highlights of Chicago. I went to Andy’s for jazz, I saw the Bean, and I watched the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Couldn’t ask for more of a 3 day business trip with little free time. Here are the photographic highlights.

My first view of Chicago. One of the best sights I’ve ever had out of an airplane window. Beautiful at sunset.


Different view as the plane turned.


Chicago was characterised, for me, by amazing architecture. I was constantly walking around while looking up, wide-eyed and mesmerised. Not a good idea on busy streets.


More pretty buildings. This area of Chicago reminded me a lot of Toronto’s financial district and the downtown area. It had a very similar feel to it.


I think this was my favourite, for the intricacies of its design.


Andy’s jazz bar. If you like jazz, definitely visit this place. The band was amazing. The food, not so much, nor was the service. But definitely worth a drink at the bar for some great jazzy entertainment.


Andy’s famous patrons.


The band that was playing at the time. They were fantastic.


Take me out to the ballgame! I got to visit the renowned Wrigley Field and watch my very first baseball game. Probably should have read up more about the rules of the game before going…


We had ridiculously great seats, courtesy of the Cubs’ owner. Job perks FTW.


“I bleed Cubbie blue forever” – messages from diehard fans pave the outside of the Field.


Taking in some of the cultural offerings of Chicago. Dinner was served at The Art Institute of Chicago.


And finally, in my last free hour in the city, I went to see Cloud Gate, also known as the “Bean”.


Chicago was my perfect introduction to America. Though it was a short trip and I didn’t get to experience too much of the city, it felt like a comfortable place to be, and definitely like a great place to live. Perhaps that’s in my future…if London ever loosens its grip on me.

Until next time, ciao Chicago!

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