In 2013, I flew to Chicago, Illinois to spend Thanksgiving with my mother over a long weekend. It would be my first time visiting and I was absolutely overcome with excitement. Chicago had been on my bucket list for quite some time primarily due to The Oprah Show. I had also just started dating Dan Kim who happened to be a big Chicago Bears fan.
For us California girls, it was a strikingly cold weekend despite the lack of snow (to my dismay). Despite the uncomfortable temperature, we tried to hit the major tourist destinations: The Chicago Bean, the Willis Tower and the Skydeck, and Millennium Park.
I was surprised by the genuine warmth of Chicagoans. We were never rushed by our servers. People on the street smiled at us. Everyone seemed to have a friendly disposition as opposed to people in other major cities such as N.Y.C. or Los Angeles. Chicago truly had a ‘small town’ feeling that made me feel welcome. It was special.
Although it was such a small taste of the city — it was a Thanksgiving spent with my mom that I will never forget. I still have much to see and experience in Chicago; attending a Chicago Bears game with Dan Kim, taking a boat ride on the Chicago river, celebrating St. Paddy’s, and dancing the night away with my bestie Sabrina who now calls Chicago home.
I can hardly wait to return…..Xx