Sweet. Home. Chicago.
It's been 8 months since I moved to the big city and I can't express enough how much I feel at peace. I go to a school that encourages you to be YOU every single day, I have met some of the most genuine and kindhearted people, and I get to do what I LOVE. God is so good.
Since moving here, I've gotten every question from A-Z about life in the city. I've compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions and my answers to them! Some of them might really shock you. After you get done reading make sure to comment what you love to do in the city, where you like to do it at, and anything else you can think of! Keep scrolling to read!
Do you feel safe?
100% yes. This is probably the #1 question I'll get asked from anyone who hasn't experienced Chicago living. When you hear about Chicago's crime, it's true that it has one of the highest crime rates in the nation. I'm highly aware and familiar with this. Crime happens everywhere you go. It's the world we live in today. You just have to be smart. Know that certain CTA trains aren't too safe after 9 PM, NEVER walk alone at night, NEVER walk around with both headphones in, be aware of your surroundings, and NEVER EVER walk down that really dark alley just because it's a shortcut home. Certain neighborhoods are much safer than others and it's important to know when to go where/how. Trust me, you learn quick. The South Loop, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, and Southport are some of my favorite neighborhoods to go to at all hours of the day.
What's your favorite part about Chicago?
The people. The food. The diversity. The opportunity. College. I could really go on and on. Chicago is more than The Bean, Navy Pier, and the Buckingham Fountain. It's filled with 80+ neighborhoods and 80+ different styles. What's not to love?
Where do you see yourself after graduation?
If I had to say right this very moment, I could definitely see myself in Chicago. Living here has really shaped me into who I am and I'm just not ready to leave quite yet.
What are the cool spots in town?
There are SO many. One of my favorite things my friends and I like to do is to "find a cute wall and take a picture by it". Click this link here to read on the best wall guide EVER for Chicago. I use this all of the time!
As far as restaurants go, I have a list of my fav's in town:
(from left to right)
(from left to right)
South Loop, Lincoln Park, Gold Coast, Wicker Park, Southport
Do you have a car?
Nope! For Chicago colleges, the CTA passes are included in our tuition. That includes buses and trains that run all throughout the city. It would be silly for me to have a car because I really wouldn't ever use it. Plus, Chicago traffic is way too crazy for this girl!
Chicago is soooooooooooo big. How do you do it?
When I get this question, I feel like the majority of people are referring to the "big" part as the tall skyscrapers, bumper-to-bumper traffic, so many people, and the busyness of it all. What they don't realize is that that part of Chicago makes up about 5% of the entire city. When you venture outside of the downtown area, you get places like the ones I listed above (Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, Southport) and you are in an entire new world. The buildings get smaller, the traffic gets lighter, and you feel like you're actually in a real neighborhood. It's so fun to see new parts of town and experience the different styles of each. You'll learn to love some more than the others depending on what you're into and what aesthetic you're looking for. Yes, Chicago has THAT many options. IT'S SO COOL, ISN'T IT?
I know that was a long one, but I hope you enjoyed reading! Again, make sure to comment what you love to do in the city, where you like to do it at, and anything else you can think of!
Thanks for stopping by, xoxo
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*All opinions are my own.