Summer is for vacation! And to start it off I decided to visit Chicago!
What attracts me to Chicago? The architecture, its immense lake, the blues, the basketball legend Michael Jordan and of course, these stories of the Italian mafia with their larger than life characters (like Al Capone) in the style of clothing marking the 1920s (three-piece suit, suspenders and pocket square).
The first stop on this short 5-day trip is a guided tour of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. Wow this city of water and architecture reveals an exceptional town planning. The calm of the water and the bustle of the city make a perfect cleaning.
The bike paths that run along Lake Michigan are perfectly maintained. Athletes of all stripes feel at home in the city of winds.
Speaking of sports, how not to mention the Cubs and the White Sox in baseball, the Bears in the NFL, the Black Hawk in hockey and the Bulls in basketball. Besides, my ultimate athlete is Michael Jordan the legendary number 23 of the Bulls. I visited a pseudo sports museum, and had my photo taken proudly alongside a giant poster of my idol number 23 with my Toronto Raptors jersey (2019 NBA champions)
The Blues is featured in several Chicago bars. I had the meal and attended a very good show at the House Of Blues. The atmosphere was warm and lively and there was no glitch during the evening… it must be said that at the entrance, as in several public establishments in the area, there is an indication that the firearms are prohibited inside ... Oops ... I dare not imagine that without this indication the spectators could have brandished their weapons ... for a reminder.
In the end, I discovered one of the most beautiful cities in North America. I also realize how much travel is a source of renewal. No need to go long or far, just soak up a new universe, open its antennas (not our cell, but rather our senses) and be guided by discovery. Outside, each time you come home, in your routine, but with a fresh look, a richer perspective to approach life.
Have a good summer, have a good trip.