After walking around Chicago yesterday on a beautiful Sunday, having a late breakfast at Ceres’ Table then hanging out at Millennium Park before going to the Joffrey Ballet’s final performance of Swan Lake at the Auditorium Theatre, I got to thinking how lucky we are to live in Chicago—for so many reasons. Here are 26 reasons in alphabetical order, pretty much as they pop into my head.
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A. The Adler Planetarium and the Aquarium (Shedd) bringing us the stars, the skies and the seas from their—second to none—Chicago lakefront location.
B. The Blackhawks, the Bulls and the Bears.
C. The Chicago White Sox, the Cubbies and the Cubby Bear.
D. Doughnuts from the Doughnut Vault.
E. Enchiladas from La Casa de Samuel.
F. Frites from Mon Ami Gabi.
G. Garrett’s popcorn.
H. Hyde Park for its beauty and culture and Hopleaf for its amazing beer menu.
I. Indian Boundary Park—an oasis of wildflower gardens, walking paths, a pond and a beautifully restored field house in the middle of the urban Rogers Park–plus Improv–Chicago’s wonderful improv scene from Second City to IO to the Playground and more.
J. The Joffrey Ballet.
K. The Kindness of Chicago’s people.
L. The Lakefront—the most beautiful front yard any city would want.
M. The Magnificent Mile.
N. Navy Pier.
O. Old Town.
P. Parks…the entire park system from the lakefront bike path to the open lands and flower-filled conservatories throughout the city.
Q. The Chicago Quarter Marathon—the perfect 6.55 mile spring run heading south along the lakefront.
R. Restaurants—from Michelin-starred establishments to dives and diners, Chicago offers every cuisine imaginable.
S. Summer festivals—summer in Chicago goes from May through September with over 400 city and neighborhood blowouts.
T. Theater—not unlike Chicago’s restaurant scene, Chicago’s Theater landscape with over 200 theater companies offers something for everyone at all price points.
U. Chicago’s Underground—our Pedway—a system of tunnels connecting skyscrapers, retail stores, hotels and train stations—although a bit challenging to navigate—can be a life saver in cold and icy weather.
V. Ventra—an electronic fare payment system for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)—now that the kinks have been fixed—makes it easy to get anywhere around town.
W. Winter—although not all would agree that we should be thankful for winter—it’s what makes us tough—and gives us the perfect excuse to eat comfort food.
X. Xoco—Rick Bayless’ Mexican street food eateries—delicious and affordable—and now in two locations.
Y. Youth Symphony Orchestra—the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) has a variety of youth outreach programs including their youth orchestra with auditions open for students K through 12. This program is not only good for the students who are chosen but for the entire community through their calendar of free events and programs for all.
Z. The Zoo. Lincoln Park (free admission) Zoo is a state of the art facility—open year around with a calendar of awesome events including the popular holiday ZooLights.
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