Tell anyone you’re headed to Chicago and you’ll get a list of must-sees and -dos. I couldn’t even begin to scratch the surface during my short stay, but here’s what I learned:
- They don’t call it the Windy City for nothing. A more appropriate name might be The Wrath of God.
- As soon as you feel one raindrop, no matter how small, run for f$%*ing cover. Whatever you do, don’t listen to the locals when they, “Should be nothing―just some scattered showers later.”
- People don’t honk a quick f$%* you in Chicago; they scream full-on sentences with their horn that’ll make you blush.
- The views are breathtaking, especially from the John Hancock Observatory and the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower).
- If you can, load The Blues Brothers soundtrack onto whatever device you have. You’re going to want to listen to it.
- The buildings go all the way up, and the architecture is remarkable.
- Visit Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria. I preferred the “Lou,” which had the freshest tomatoes that I have ever tasted. But if you’re a meat lover, the “Malnati Chicago Classic” is for you. Just beware that beneath the cheese is a layer of thinly-sliced sausage covering the entire pie.
- Oh, while visiting Lou Malnati’s you might see Trueblood actor Joe Manganiello and squeal like a little girl before calling your husband to get credit for not chasing the hottest werewolf on TV down the street. I’m just saying that might happen.
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