As I make my leave from the Windy City I think back to all the previous trips I’ve taken here and the sights visited. My first visit here was 22 years ago when I was 13 and I’ve been back 8 or 9 times since.
When I was a teenager I stayed with a family that would make trips to Chicago every summer for the Cubs-Cards series at Wrigley Field. When I think back I know that I knew how old Wrigley was but I don’t know that I really appreciated it. One day I will make my way back there. If I think on it hard enough I can remember the scents of popcorn and old building smell.
I’ve been to Soldier Field a couple times for concerts but never for a football game. Again it was when I was much younger and would’ve cared less about the history of the place. I do recall walking out of the concourse area and seeing a vast open field. It’s not as old as Wrigley Field but I’m sure if those walls could talk the stories they’d tell would blow our minds.
The next place I’ve been to a few times is Navy Pier. While it is on the sightseeing lists it has become very touristy and the last time I was there several years ago it was starting to exude that.
Michigan Avenue. They call it The Magnificent Mile and it lives up to the name! I remember the first time I walked down that street and while the shop names didn’t mean much to me I knew we were in a great place. All the people milling about with their shopping bags full of goodies.
One of the highlights of my trips when I was younger was Six Flags. I could ride those roller coasters all day and would do just that. There was a Batman ride that was the first of its kind, a suspended outside-looping roller coaster for your legs and feet to dangle that I absolutely loved! I would get off it and get right back in line for another turn!
Nowadays when I visit Chicago I’m there for the food scene (Quartino!) and shopping. Also it’s a quick hour-ish flight so that makes for a nice, quick getaway. What about you? What city evokes similar memories for you? I have fond memories from Chicago and look forward to making more on my next trip there!