This is my first vacation of the year, and I approached this trip without much research. I saw a sale for a flight to Chicago, booked it, and now I am here. It's my first visit to Chicago.
As I stepped off the L train this afternoon, my first impression was: wow, they weren't kidding about the wind. I checked into my hotel and proceeded to do a brief walking tour around the city. I began near the Clark/Division station and proceeded my way down to the Navy Pier. I walked all the way to the edge and then turned around to go in the opposite direction, which is where I captured the image seen in today's entry. If my initial impression of the wind was pretty lame, the wind certainly made its presence felt around the pier. It took me about half an hour to realize why there were so few people walking around the edges of the pier: the smart people were all walking inside the hallways and shops in a comfortable 70 degree setting.
My other impression: Chicago feels like a metropolis. It's no New York, but it's not Atlanta either. A lot of the people I saw on the streets were using an iPhone. I saw a lot of smokers on the streets as well (though this could have been an observational bias on my part).
I'll be updating this blog daily during my trip and when I arrive home. In the meantime, please also check out my Instagram account (username: @eugenephoto) where I am uploading photos from my iPhone.
If you have suggestions for what I should see in Chicago, please feel free to comment or send me an email. I am here for only a few days (leaving on April 24), but I want to make the best use of the time I have here.
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