It's time for another installment in my monthly blog circle, "Where We Live." Be sure click on the link at the end of the post and travel around the circle to see what my friends and amazingly talented photographers have captured and written about the gorgeous and interesting places in which they live.
This month the family and I traveled to New York City, but that's not what I'm posting about. I was truly a tourist in the Big Apple, a visitor. I discovered so much about that great city by being in complete tourist mode. I now have a crush on New York City. But it's not love, it's just a crush. I realized that my experience in New York was in stark contrast to how I experience the great city that is only 32 miles away, Chicago. I love Chicago. I lived in Chicago after I graduated from college in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. I was very sad when I had to move away and I had always hoped to return to the city that took me in like I had lived there my whole life. A wedding and three kids later... we did return, but as suburbanites...which isn't the same. But I was still so thrilled to be so close to the amazing city that I had grown to love. Coming back from a week in New York, I realized that I take Chicago for granted. I don't get there as often as I would like. So we piled in the family mini van and headed to the city for the afternoon. We went to our favorite spots, walked around, had dinner and just enjoyed the city...
I realized that I will never experience Chicago the way I experienced New York. Having lived in the city, I had never paid much attention to the tour buses or all of the visitors. Familiarity has kept me from being awestruck, but not in a bad way. In a... I really love this city way. It's not just a crush, it's love. Spending the day in Chicago is comfortable, familiar and enjoyable. So even though we are 32 miles away and I don't come as often as I should...I guess it's kind of like home, Sweet Home Chicago. It's good to be home!
Next up is Asheley Callen from Asheley Callen Photography. Enjoy!!!!