Chicago 2005

Chicago is without a doubt one of the great cities of the Unites States. It has phenomenal architecture, juicy history, and great entertainment opportunities. I went to Chicago in October of 2005 to meet up with my friend Linda who would help me discover this exciting metropolis in a four-day adventure. We started with a walking tour through the downtown Loop area to admire some of Chicago’s imposing architecture – after all, Chicago is where the skyscraper was invented. We took in places like Old Town, Grant Park, the Millennium Fountain, Michigan Avenue, the Wrigley Building, the Chicago Tribune Tower and the gigantic Merchandise Mart. We were both enchanted by Cloud Gate, the beautiful sculpture by Anish Kapoor that is reminiscent of a giant drop of Mercury.

Our local Chicago Greeter Don gave us a personal tour of Chicago’s Cultural Center and we explored social history at the Pullman Historic District. A visit to Chinatown, some comedy at Second City and interesting exhibitions at the Field Museum rounded out our exciting program in Chicago.

So here I am again, on another short excursion away from home. I’ve been awake for an hour already and decided the best thing is to get up and put my first impressions on paper…. Read more.

Yesterday I woke up at 5:00 am Chicago time and I figured I might as well get ahead of the crowd at the Arlington House Youth Hostel and take an early shower. At 6 am… Read more.

So the two of us expatriate Austrians are staying at the Arlington House Hostel, in itself an exciting experience, to be immersed in this environment of young (and older) travellers from all over the world…. Read more.

Yesterday, after our lovely Austrian breakfast we went downtown to the Chicago Cultural Center, the main downtown information hub for tourists, to ask some questions about the Pullman Historic District, a planned industrial community, built… Read more.

After being appropriately prepped as a result of our visit to the Chicago Cultural Center we decided to head off yesterday to visit the Pullman Historic District, a planned industrial and residential community dating back… Read more.

After thoroughly exploring the Pullman Historic District, we decided to check out Chinatown, one of the many ethnic neighbourhoods that Chicago has to offer. The weather had turned from cool and grey with the occasional… Read more.

Yesterday I got up early again and typed up my travel reports on the free computer at the Arlington House. Then my friend Linda and I made our way to one of our favourite Chicago… Read more.