You may have witnessed my first crack at dragging an out-of-towner around my home city last winter break. That went ok, yeah? I’ve gotten two more chances since then (first, entertaining my roommate, Erin, for New Year’s Eve and then taking my boyfriend, Dave, around this week during our spring break), and I think I’ve established a pretty decent combo of activities that lets the Chicago foreigners see and experience the staples and endearing oddities that the city offers. It goes something like this…
First, if you live in the boonies like me, jump on the double-decker Metra train into the city.
Head to the nearest Chicago landmark you can find.
In my case, it’s the Sears Tower! Not a bad start… depending on the day.
If one landmark fails, try, try again!
Take some adventures on Chicago transit while you’re at it.
Just avoid getting lost, like I tend to do. MAPS ARE YOUR FRIENDS.
You sure as hell better get some Giordano’s deep-dish pizza in their mouths.
The reactions I’ve witnessed are never anything but positive.
If all else fails, you can always count on there being a cool bar nearby.
I’d say both visits went swimmingly, so feel free to use this Chicago tourism formula that I clumsily stumbled upon. It’s a pretty nifty place, so you can’t really go wrong! (Unless you stumble into a shady neighborhood. Don’t do that.)
The next challenge will be switching over to Pittsburgh Tour Guide Mode for when my best friends from high school come back to the ‘burgh with me tomorrow! Prepare for tales of adventure and utter silliness.