Everyone loves New York, right? To the point where even saying it sounds like an opportunity to roll your eyes at the obviousness of it all. Well, here’s my travel confession: I only recently fell in love with New York after visiting it for the first time a few years ago. Always the cynic, I expected it to be overrated and not to get it. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Now I read everything about NYC, I devour lifestyle blogs by uber-fashionable types about their glam lives downtown and I double-tap every single pic of New York on Instagram, even if it’s just a garbage can. You get it, I’m obsessed.
So, here’s my guide to things to do in New York that are guaranteed to make you LOVE it and dream of living there too:
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I know, I know, I’ve already gushed about the Art Institute of Chicago in my post here but Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was on TV again at the weekend and it made me pine for the Windy City (and the life of a John Hughes movie teen). Most of all, it made me lust for an afternoon at the Art Institute. Continue reading Airfare to Chicago is worth it for the Art Institute alone
After a whirlwind trip to New York, I boarded an American Airlines flight to Chicago and, I’m not gonna lie, I almost cried and threw a strop. I wasn’t lifted up by the AA crew and physically buckled into my seat but…pretty close. I’m ashamed to admit this but after the bright lights of New York, I was ready for Chicago to be a thundering anti-climax. I knew I’d like it but I moronically didn’t expect to love it.
This feeling started to change when we started our descent across Lake Michigan (which looks more like an ocean expanse than a lake), met our driver called Paddy Murphy (“I’m Irish too!”) and, as the city started to unfold through the car windows, Chicago slowly but surely won me over. Walking the streets on our first night in the city, we passed stylish sets of friends drinking and dining outside under glittering skyscrapers with the slow lilt of music in the background. Chicago dances to its own beat and let me tell you, it’s infectious.
Without mentioning the cheaper-than-NYC shopping or the drool-worthy food, here’s my 5 things to do in Chicago that’ll guarantee this city gets right under your skin and becomes your go-to US destination:
Continue reading Chicago Checklist: 5 Windy City must-dos