As Mr. Lively, Franklin, and I gear up for our next adventure in Austin, Texas (two weeks!), I feel compelled to share all the places that I’ll dearly miss about the wonderful city of Chicago.
Though I spent the first seven years of my life in Ohio, and the following 15 in Michigan, Chicago is the place I call home.
It’s where I moved after graduation. No hesitation.
Into a tiny studio apartment, with a tiny jewelry business that I was determined to take full-time… so I could also write a book and eventually get a TV show one day.
You know, like Oprah and Maratha — “because that’s how you help people,” my 22-year-old self would assure you.
Since August 16th, 2007 I’ve had many triumphs, dark times, defining moments, and nachos.
Lots and lots of nachos.
So while I’m eager to make Austin our new home (and perhaps even our permanent residence), I fully expect that Chicago will always be my favorite city.
… For at least six months of the year.
So rather than make a list of only the ‘must see’ and ‘must eat’ places that you have to visit if you come to Chicago, I’m going to share the places and spaces I’ll personally miss the most.
The places that mean something to me, even if they aren’t all the most dazzling hot spots (though a few of them are).
Hopefully this list will serve as a reference for those who come to visit and who live here already.