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Thoughts About Chicago

 

One of my friends asked me this week if I'm sad about moving and leaving Chicago.  I said no without pause because overall, I'm not.  I'm excited for a new adventure and a new city and the thought of living in a real house with a YARD and a GARAGE.  But later I got to thinking and there will be some things I really miss about the city we've spent the last four years in.  Besides the obvious (friends and our home), here a few things about the Windy City that will be hard to leave behind.

There is a Starbucks on almost every corner.
You mean that once we move I might actually have to DRIVE my car to get to Starbucks?



Being able to see the Sears Tower (always the Sears) no matter where you are in the city.
Not many people pull into their parking space at home and have a perfect, clear view of the tallest building in America.  It's always made me appreciate living here.



The shopping... oh, the shopping.
4 Forever 21's, 3 Ulta's, 2 H&M's, Nordstrom, Macy's and soooo much more within 2 miles of my apartment.  On the other hand, I'm going to be saving a whole lot of money once we move.


My go to hair salon and eyebrow bar.
I'll really miss Solo Salon and Arch Apothecary -- they've treated me well over the last few years and will be hard to replace!


Our most favorite restaurant ever, Greek Islands.
Yes, Chicago may be known for its deep dish pizza and Chicago style hot dogs, but come visit us and we'll take you to get the best gyro's in the world ;)


Beach Volleyball -- and the beach in general.
It's pretty amazing to have a huge coastline right in the middle of the city like we do.  We've had lots of fun at the beach, especially the past 4 years of playing beach volleyball.


Strolling down State Street at Christmas time when my family visits.
Dinner at the Walnut Room, window displays at Macy's, twinkle lights in the trees and Christmas carols being pumped out of the loud speakers on the streets -- is there anything more magical?


An abundance of festivals and concerts every single weekend.
Burger Fest, Rib Fest, Taste of Chicago, Lollapalooza, Jazz Fest, Taste of Randolph, World's Largest Block Party, Old Town Art Festival.. I could go on and on.



All of these things we will really, truly miss.  On the other hand -- we're leaving for a reason and there are quite a few things we won't be bummed to leave behind.  But, I'll save those for another day ;)

Make sure to link up with the lovely Annie Natalie, Lindsay and I for Thoughts for Thursday today!


33 comments

  1. I'm heading to Chicago next month and this makes me so excited! I'm sure its really hard to leave- it was the same way for us when we left DC. You guy used to the slower pace in the 'burbs and now I can't even imagine living in a big city again!

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  2. All great perks :) I can't wait to visit Chicago one day, everyone always says what a great city it is. On the other hand, always starting new is so fun and exciting! You'll make new, great memories and find awesome places in your new city too I'm sure!

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  3. All great perks! I can't wait to visit Chicago one day, everyone who goes says what a great city it is. Although there will be a lot to miss, starting new in a different city will be fun and exciting!

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  4. Good luck with your move and new adventure! -Jess

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  5. This makes me so flingin' flangin' excited for our trip to Chicago in September! Still have my fingers crossed that you can meet up ;-)

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  6. I absolutely love this post - I should have taken greater advantage of living 20 minutes from Chicago when I did! Christmastime in Chicago probably is my favorite, too - it is magical, and it's so fun! I'm hoping Milwaukee has a similar feel. I wish you nothing but the best in your new adventure!

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  7. This is a great list and a great way to remember to appreciate where you are while you're there, if that makes sense. I know I'm never guilty of missing something until after it's gone and only then you look back and wish you had taken advantage of the amenities and things you had while you were there! At least you'll only be a short car (or train) ride away!

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  8. I'd love to go to Chicago during Christmastime! And the shopping... I would miss that too! But I totally get you on wanting a yard and garage.

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  9. You are REALLY making me want to go to Chicago! It sucks you'll be losing out on some of these things but you'll have a nice big house with a backyard to enjoy!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  10. what a fabulous post! i'm glad the good things outweigh the things you'll miss, and oh my the shopping? i would be broke if i lived near all of those shops.

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  11. Chicago looks amazing! We may just have to take a trip there, someday!

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  12. This is the 2nd Chicago post I've read today, I want to make another trip there so bad, I just loved it. I think no matter where we are, we'll miss certain things. It's funny because Dustin can't wait to move to FL on the beach somewhere and not have the large lawn to take care of anymore. I'm sure we'll miss it though eventually... It's all about the journey :)

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  13. I'd love to live in a big city for a lot of these reasons - mainly you can walk everywhere it seems like! It's exciting to look forward to Michigan but of course there are always things you'll miss in Chicago. Looking forward to the next list of what you're pumped for!

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  14. Chicago seems great, as do a lot of cities, but nothing compares to living in the suburbs/country. IMO!

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  15. Hi there! I'm popping over from the link up. I too am moving from the city (Baltimore) all the way to the 'burbs outside of Denver, CO. I can totally relate! While I too can't I for a garage and a driveway, there are so many things I'm going to miss about city life in Baltimore.

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  16. Ugh yet again, blogland ate my comment. :( I am going to attempt to re-write it:

    I am so jealous that you got to live there for a few years. I have never been but I would love to go!!!!!!Plus I am addicted to Starbucks, so that's a major win for me :)

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  17. I agree with you about how nice it is here during Christmastime. :-) I would miss the shopping too, but my credit card would not. :-) I also remember going to Greek Islands on my third date with my husband and every item that I wanted they were out of haha. I hope that you're having a great day! :-)

    - Caroline http://wcchicblog.wordpress.com

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  18. Id' love to visit Chicago one day !

    Would you like to follow each other ?

    Kisses,

    Emily from PTT

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  19. State Street at Christmas time! LOVE. Chicago is the best city ever, but I'm excited for you and your new adventure!

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  20. Such beautiful photos! I can only imagine that it's bittersweet! And you're making me want to visit Chicago now for sure! xo

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  21. I love this little reflection on your city of the last four years. New adventures are always exciting but there will always be little things about your city you will miss!! Thanks for hosting with us gal!!! You da best :)

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  22. You have so many great memories!!
    But now you're on your way to getting a whole new and exciting experience! Nick will be happy with the amount of money you'll be saving ;)

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  23. So glad you wrote this as I will be visiting for the first time next month! I am sure it is bittersweet to be leaving it all behind but new beginnings and GARAGES are so exciting! hahaha

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  24. Great list of Chicago things!! Good thing Michigan is only a short drive away, but the thought of an actual house with a yard does sound nice :)

    Paige
    tomatoesforcucumbers.com

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  25. Love Chicago! You will definitely have to take a visit during Christmas! :) :)

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  26. I've only been once but fell in love with Chicago. I also got lucky bc I was there first week of December and it was mid-60s. This SoCal girl was legit afraid she'd freeze to death lol. Such a beautiful city from what I saw. Since you have friends, at least you know you can always go back to visit!

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  27. There will definitely be things you will miss about Chi - Town, but many fun new adventures to be had wherever you guys end up! Forward and up, sweet girl!:)

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  28. The best part about moving out of a city is the amount of change... and the fact you can visit and/or move back! You will love having a house and being close to family and it is SO fab that you got to live in Chicago!!

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  29. I'm sure you're excited to start a new chapter but I know there's so much you'll miss! I've never been to Chicago but as a city-loving AND beach-loving gal, having both in the same place kind of blows my mind.

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  30. I so want to visit Chicago. You have me convinced that it's the best place ever! You won't be too far, right?!

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  31. You can still visit!!! :) Take your future kids there.... :) Like Shelby said, living in a big city has some major perks!! I could see where you will be saving more $$$ -- haha remember that one $300 (or something like that) hair cut?... Just keep thinking about the yard, garage and closet space!!!!!

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  32. It's always hard to leave somewhere familiar, but I can only imagine how excited you are for the next chapter of your life and finding amazing things you love in your new city :)

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