As Buddy the Elf would say, “I’m in love and I don’t care who knows it!” But instead of Zooey Deschanel, I’m in love with Chicago. Like I have professed in previous posts, Chicago is my favorite city. I try to explore as much as I can. My internship at the German cultural center’s library allows me to get into the city twice a week. The neighborhood I frequent (or as I like to say half-jokingly, half-dead seriously, my ‘hood), Ravenswood, is the German neighborhood in Chicago. I’m right next to a great little center called Lincoln Square. It’s filled with restaurants, cute shops, and most importantly, my natural habitat, the German cultural center, the D.A.N.K Haus and its library.
But I also love to explore downtown Chicago. When my mother drove me back to the city after Spring Break, she insisted we visit the FieldMuseum’s exhibit on the 1893 Chicago’s World Fair, which I’m sure was mostly due to her recently rereading Devil in the White City (which I highly recommend). It was incredibly interesting, and I love history, so it was a really great time, and, once again, I highly recommend visiting and checking it out.
And one day after my internship I ventured out to the Chicago Art Institute, which I have never actually visited before. I absolutely loved it, of course. And it helped that admission fee is reduced for students. I finally got to have my Cameron Frye moment from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, which was beautiful and gratifying in and of itself.
Even if you can’t find anyone to go to the city with, I still suggest exploration (but not at night, for obvious reasons), because, as my friend put it, sometimes you’re your best date.