Three little words: Thank you, Chicago

Today is my last Stop and Blog The Roses post for ChicagoNow as H and I are relocating to the City of Angels.

But I will continue to blog the roses at BlogHer so please find me here and follow me on Facebook here and Twitter @FernRonay to keep up with the amazing adventures of Fern Ronay.

And by "amazing adventures," I mean more ridiculous, annoying, funny, frustrating, silly and/or eye opening things that will be sure to happen and from which I will find at least one thing to be grateful for.

I've gotten pretty good at this appreciation thing. It takes practice and I've had a few years to get the hang of it (See "Featured Posts" below if you're nasty).

So, in the spirit of Roses, today, I am grateful to you, Chicago, for ~

1/ Your beauty. Chicago, you are beautiful. H and I lived in Manhattan for many years and there's no denying New York is a great city, but I'd never call it "beautiful." But, Chicago, you are hot! Okay, not literally. Most of the year, you're freezing my buns off but, what I'm trying to say is, every time I have found myself walking down Michigan Avenue and I get to Wacker, I have to stop and look around. You are a good looking city, Chicago. Really, you're exquisite.

2/ Your food. You are also delicious. Don't take this the wrong way but I just want to eat you up. Mmm mmm. There are countless restaurants in this town that get no hype but we've walked in on a whim and ended up having an incredible meal. Even your dive bars have good food. I'd go so far as to say the food at a Starbucks in Chicago probably tastes better than all the other Starbucks in the rest of the country. Okay, maybe that's ridiculous. Maybe it's psychological. But, I don't know, there's something about you, Chicago. You make everything tastier.

3/ Your people. I try to avoid generalizations about people. I hate when I hear "The people in such and such a city are so..."  It's not accurate.  There are great people everywhere and stinky people everywhere.  It's just the way it is.  But, I will say this, as with every place I've ever lived (New Jersey, PA for college, Boston for law school, NYC and Chicago), I've met some true gems.  Indeed, in Chicago, I've have the pleasure, delight and honor to meet a number of people who have been so kind, so helpful, so generous with their time and knowledge that I simply can't name them all here because I still have to finish packing.  But, if you think you're one of them, you're thinking right. And please accept this huge "Thank you" and wink - I'm not a big winker but I'm winking at you through your electronic device and through the interwebs. I am so grateful to have met you here.  Please don't be a stranger. Please ring me if you ever find yourself in the L.A. area.

And, with that, it's hasta la pasta and one final, big GRAZIE!


Thank you for reading!
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