If you follow me on Twitter (@dancingvalentin) or know me just a little bit, you know that I love Chicago. I was born and raised there. Chicago has been in the news a lot lately because of the violence that plagues the city, but there's more to Chicago than that. That is why I love the city so much. It has more to offer than you may hear.
Recently, I've been inspired by Choose Chicago's campaign Beyond the Loop. Two Second City members go into various neighborhoods around the city to show that there is more to Chicago than the Loop, Magnificent Mile and Navy Pier.
|President and Mrs. Obama's home in Hyde Park|
The first episode I saw was for Hyde Park.Hyde Park is my favorite neighborhood. I just feel like I can exhale, be myself and enjoy the sights and sounds of the neighborhood. Also, this is where President and Mrs. Obama's house is located. In Beyond the Loop they visit Medici and Valoris (one of President Obams's favorites), but if you want to celebrate the diversity of Hyde Park you must go to Rajun Cajun. Rajun Cajun is a combination of soul food and Indian food restaurant.
Beyond the Loop goes into other neighborhoods I've lived in like Lincoln Park and my second favorite neighborhood Lakeview. See a little bit about the Gay Pride Parade in Lakeview (Boystown) below.
Our Winters Are Brutal!
We know how to do summer because of our winters. Here are just a few things to while you are there. Taste of Chicago is my favorite outdoor festival. It's a chance to sample food from various restaurants and food trucks in the city and to hear some great music. Gospel Festival and various festivals in the neighborhoods happening every weekend. Another great way to explore the neighborhoods in Chicago.
But wait! There's more!
You should also check out the MCA Tuesdays On The Terrace, Blues Fest, Millennium Park Summer Film Series and the Chicago Jazz Fest.
There are a few things I know I'm doing once I get home to Chicago.The first is going to the Chicago Cultural Center for Move Your Body: The Evolution of House Music exhibit. and the second is to visit one of my new favorite restaurants Batter & Berries. You can read my review for Batter & Berries here. Third I want to visit Maggie Daley Park. Named after the late wife of Mayor Richard Daley.
|Taste of Chicago|
I know I've missed some things. When I lived in Chicago I felt so overwhelmed with things to do in the city, especially in the summer. Just check out the City of Chicago website and ChooseChicago.com for more things to do in this wonderful city!