I went to Chicago with zero preconceived ideas about the place. Uncharacteristically, I had done no research about the place beforehand and bought a guide book the night before I left. I confess I never paid much attention to Chicago and never even recognized it in movies. Did you know that Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Fugitive were set in Chicago? Well, I didn’t.

All I can say is that the city took my breath away. I’m not a real fan – architecturally – of big, modern cities. Give me a nice European city any day. But Chicago really impressed me in a way I couldn’t have imagined before I went. I never really left the downtown core but what I saw was enough to make me fall in love with the city and decide to go back with more time. I have tons to say about it, including the friendliness of its people, but for now, I’ll leave you with a short slideshow. Just click on the image below.

Chicago slideshow

Update (7/4/08) – OK, so let’s talk about the trip itself before I forget the details. If you’ve already seen the pictures on the slideshow before, check again as I’ve since added some new pictures.

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