Illinois


It’s hard to go wrong when it comes to food in Chicago. You have options for just about any type of cuisine at all price ranges across the city. Check out the highlights of a few of my many classic Chicago favorites that you can start with during your next trip to the Windy City. Athena Greek Restaurant The food in Greek Town is amazing...

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In Chicago, there is no shortage of activities to keep you busy no matter what time of year you choose to visit. Aside from the iconic parks, festivals, theaters, museums, and shopping, Chicago’s picturesque skyline reflected in the waters of Lake Michigan is a sight to see for every traveler to the Windy City. Despite the popular reputation of the city, budget travelers have no...

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  The bitter Chicago cold and wind from the lakefront can be intimidating. Growing up in the Chicago area, I know how brutal those winds can be. Chicago winters can be so cold that many people completely avoid visiting this beautiful city during the winter months. While I do enjoy Chicago’s wonderful summers, today I’m giving you 5 reasons to brave the Chicago winter weather instead of running...

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Continuing on with our adventure through Chicago, we added a new international visitor to the mix. Having friends from both Sweden and France in town, we had to make a stop at Giordano’s for some delicious, Chicago style deep dish pizza. Yum! On Wednesday night we decided to check out Jazzin’ at the Shedd, another fantastic experience I had not yet taken advantage of. It...

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Amidst all the other great reasons to volunteer abroad, there are the close friends you will meet along your journey. Sara is one of those, and she recently came to see my sister and I, and of course the wonderful city of Chicago, Illinois. I actually got to play a bit of a tourist in my own city, which was nice to slow down and...

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Last weekend I visited the Chicago History Museum and was able to see a whole lot of cool background of Chicago in the making. Growing up so close to Chicago I was lucky enough to be able to visit the city often, so I have always had an interest in the city’s history. Recently I have taken action on that interest and started reading up...

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