Saturday, October 9, 2010

Chicago, Illinois

I use to go back and forth from Savannah to Chicago when I was young.  My mother's sister lived there and it was going to the big city to me.  My aunt was extremely protective when I would visit, so we only did the touristy things and go shopping. It was not until this last visit that I was able to see what a beautiful city Chicago really is.  I had no idea how beautiful the architecture was there.  Even though I probably would not have appreciated it before now.  I am really in awe of how my girlfriend new the history of the various buildings in the downtown area.  I remember going to Marshal Fields, which is now Macy's, and amazed at how large it was. Well I was in the big city. 

My girlfriend, whom I met in college is from Chicago, actually she is from a sub-burb called Lake Forest, but she now lives in the South Loop. From where she lives you can walk to Michigan Ave., Lakeshore Drive, and State Street, where there is an abundance of shopping and great restaurants.  She has been trying to get me to move to Chicago for many years, but it never happened.

 In the last few years, I was always afraid of the winters there.  Yes they are bad enough to make you afraid if you are not use to them, and sometimes when you are use to them.  My Aunt has since passed away, but her daughter is still there with her family. My cousin has thought of moving away from Chicago because of the winters and because she is so far away from family, but I think she has resigned to spending the rest of her life in Chicago, because it is what she knows.  I don't get the feeling that she loves the city as much as my girlfriend does, but she seems to be very proud of Chicago.
It would be hard to leave sunny California and move to Chicago, but it is not impossible, because there is so much more there that is addictive.  Even though, when they are having sub-zero weather, in LA it may be 55 degree and that is nice.

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