Chicago was the first city I fell in love with. A city often compared to Berlin, possibly even patterned after, they both share a tremendous number greenways, parks, and bodies of water. Another similarity is a rich history in jazz, blues, vaudeville and cabaret culture, brilliant modern architecture, and layers upon layers of complex political and cultural history.
Open air exhibits and art installations can be found in every park, around every corner, and in every open space.
Printer’s Row is the first neighbourhood I spent a significant amount of time in, and although it has earned quite a reputation as of late, it felt very safe to me several years ago. I was fortunate to have a friend and bandmate with a high-rise condo overlooking the city who didn’t mind me staying around for long periods.
If you ever find yourself in Naperville, there is a Snow White & the Seven Dwarves restaurant. It took seeing it with my own eyes to believe it, but after half an hour of themed music and video sound clips on loop it all made sense. This place is real.
Walking home across another pretty bridge after a night out.