Happy Birthday Chicago!

As restless as I get, and as much as I love to travel, Chicago just feels like home and I don’t know that I could ever leave. Today, the city celebrates its 175th birthday – Happy Birthday, Chicago!

In addition to festivities today, the city is kicking off 175 Days to Love Chicago. Starting today, you can find special events, festivals, promotions and fun facts daily, for the next 175 days. There will also be deals, promotions, tours and more, so check out the complete calendar here.

As a salute to Chicago, here are a few of my favorite spots in the city:

  • The view of downtown when you’re driving on Lake Shore Drive, right as you cross the river and look towards Trump Tower. That is by far my favorite view in the city. The water, the surrounding buildings, the lights at night…it’s just awesome!
  • Ravenswood. For some reason, I just love Ravenswood street up north. From the industrial area with warehouses full of vintage furniture to the train tracks surrounded by gardens up north, to the cemetery, to the lofts. One day, I hope to live in a loft on Ravenswood. Then, I’ll be happy.
  • The Museum Campus. Not only are the Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, and the Planetarium cool spots, but so are the steps along the lake, where you can find another amazing view of the city.
  • The lakefront. Although I don’t do it nearly enough, there’s nothing better than riding your bike along the lake all the way downtown. Ok, I’ve only actually made it all the way downtown, but that’s a minor detail.
  • My neighborhood. I’ve lived in Lincoln Square/Ravenswood for a few years now, and to me, it represents some of the best things about Chicago. It’s close to the lake, not too far from downtown but not right in the middle of all the craziness. Plus there are quiet streets lined with nice buildings and well-kept gardens. Not to mention all the boutique shops and great restaurants.

What are your favorite things about Chicago?


  1. Completely agree on the view, museum campus and the lakefront. You ride to meet us, so that counts 🙂

    But everytime I drive down Ravenswood, I think, I would NOT want to live here! It creeps me out! lol Yet another complete opposite btw us.

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