Chicago City Guide
As if 10 mph winds, a population of 2.7 million, and the busiest airport in the world (O’Hare) weren’t exciting enough, the name Chicago is derived from the Native American word shikaakwa which, loosely translated, means “wild leek.”
Speaking of impressive stats, Chicago, Illinois also boasts the best deep dish pizza (most notably, at Lou Malnati’s), an impressive public transportation system (most notably, the “L”), and a history of mafia activity (most notably Al Capone). There’s plenty to do in a city with four distinct seasons: swim at 31st Street Beach, walk around the Arts District, ice skate at Millennium Park, and hang out at the Book Cellar. This city has a humid continental climate, which means that summers are hot and winters are snowy.
Unless you’re bent on becoming the next star of Hoarders, it’s probably in your best interest to rent yourself a self-storage unit to stash your winter gear, summer beach toys, and zillion books that you couldn’t not buy at the amazing bookstore (and if you weren’t tempted to buy at least a dozen books, then shame on you).
There is no end to things to see and do in Chicago, like taking yourself on an architectural tour of the city to see the first skyscraper in the world, the historic Chicago Board of Trade building, and The Robie House by Chicago native Frank Lloyd Wright. You can catch a Cubs game at Wrigley Field, blow all your cash shopping in Bucktown, or chill to some live jazz in Uptown. And if you’re in the Windy City on St. Patrick’s Day, you’re in for a real treat: the city dyes the Chicago River green and tons of people flock to it to stare at the emerald water.
If you’re one of the city officials, you might want to think about storing your 45 pounds of green dye at a self storage facility. You do not want to be the one to explain to the mayor how your kids accidentally knocked over all those buckets of dye.