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Chicago as seen through an iPhone

Even though I hadn’t been there in over six years, my trip to Chicago this past weekend made me feel as if I had just visited, everything seemed so familiar and comfortable much as my time in New York City had back in September. I’ll admit there was one major difference-my last two visits to Chicago were in February and the last one was less than a week after the city had received an absurd amount of snow (the great blizzard of February ’11). It was quite pleasant to be able to walk around this time sans winter coats, gloves, hats, long johns…

In so many ways Chicago is very New York City like- excessive crowds along the famed Magnificent Mile, restaurants home to world renowned chefs, stores you only see in the major metropolitan cities that can compete on a global scale. And then it has that distinct “Midwestern” vibe to it; the city  is spread out,  sprawling in many ways, but it doesn’t have that chaotic ambiance to it either.

The main reason in going was that I (finally) got to see the musical Hamilton and essentially join the “cool kids club.” But I also had some wonderful meals including trying out another Gaston Acurio restaurant, crossing another restaurant off my restaurant bucket list (yes, we foodies have that type of list), and a breakfast that I was so sad  I couldn’t take the leftovers home with me. I also did a walking tour which was a change from my standard food tour mantra.

Thankfully we did the walking tour on our first day since the weather the rest of the weekend was pretty bleak (non-stop rain on one day and  gray skies and blustery winds on the day we left). You can tell which photos were taken on the walking tour.

I didn’t  bring my DSLR with me this trip so I only had my iPhone.  Even with the gray skies, Chicago is still quite an awesome place to photograph. And if you’re traveling Chicago solo, here are eight great ways to explore the city.

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Chicago, I promise I won’t let it be another six years before I visit again if for no other reason than all the restaurants I am dying to eat at.

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