My Kind of Town

This is the view I will be gazing at for the next four days. Chicago! Chi-town! The Windy City! My husband has been working in Chicago this week, and I am flying up to meet him tomorrow. I can’t even describe how excited I am, considering we moved to California from Chicago less than two years ago. Wow, I can’t believe it has already been that long!

If I had to choose between the two places, I definitely would choose California. Nothing beats living by the ocean, and don’t even get me started about horrible Chicago winters. However, I really miss the brisk pace of living in downtown Chicago. Restaurants open 24 hours, fun pubs on every corner, being able to WALK to places. Nobody walks anywhere in Southern California. Ever. Doesn’t matter if the destination is within 3 blocks. No walking. Seriously, you probably would get arrested unless of course your sole purpose is to exercise. Then walking is strongly encouraged because you better be in skinny-ninny shape if you think you are going to live around here, plus you better have perfect makeup and hair AND be wearing a Juicy Couture velour tracksuit while you’re at it. Barf. Anyway, we have so much to accomplish in the next four days! Catching up with old friends, checking out Millennium Park, and most importantly, eating massive amounts of food. Of course, in true whoorl fashion, I have created a list of all the restaurants we must eat at while there. If my calculations are correct, we will have to eat every 3.2 hours to complete my list and I am not fooling around. This is serious shit. Chicago has some of the best food anywhere and I am totally prepared to put on a couple of pounds. Don’t worry though; I’ll be sure to walk it off when I get home. But I’m NOT wearing a Juicy Couture velour tracksuit, thank you very much.

Have a great weekend!

  1. BishOp stu tu

    August 11, 2005 at 1:55 am

    whOOrl gOOrl.

    Gibsons…and that mafia hangout with the good martinis.

    have 2 fer dad.


  2. elle

    August 11, 2005 at 5:20 am

    Hey- post that list. I’m going to Chicago in October for the first time. I could use some inspiration from an insider.

    Great new site.

  3. sara

    August 11, 2005 at 6:16 am

    whoorl girl…great writing! Keep it up. I second elle’s request to post that list. i’ve never been to chi-town but it’s on my list to visit this year. thanks!

  4. Annie

    August 10, 2005 at 11:42 pm

    Every 3.2 hours, eh? Sounds like a woman with a plan!

  5. Boogie's Mom

    August 11, 2005 at 7:20 am

    I LOVE Chicago. I used to travel there for work at least once, maybe twice a year. I’d love to go back for fun sometimes (although, when you travel for work, you can partake of the awesome restaurants for free!) Have a great time.

  6. Jennifer

    August 11, 2005 at 8:04 am

    I would love to have that list, I am trying to schedule a trip in early 2006, and would love to have a jumping off point.

  7. whoorl

    August 11, 2005 at 8:21 am

    I will definitely post that list when I return next week. who knows, i might even stumble across some new gems…

  8. ms. sizzle

    August 11, 2005 at 1:09 pm

    i completely agree about the sounthern cali expectations. i can barely visit there without having a mini-nervous breakdown about my looks. so i stay up here in santa cruz where hippies reign supreme and i always look ultra-cutting edge. hee hee. my people are from chicago (did that sound kind of mafia-ish?)- fabulous city. eat and be merry!

  9. Cocodrie

    August 11, 2005 at 8:50 pm

    Mimosa, have the best time EVAH! Take lots o’ pics to show me when you return. xoxo!

  10. PLD

    August 11, 2005 at 3:03 pm

    SAJ sent me over (who, BTW if you’re reading, I tried to commeent 2x and was shut out!) – and I have to ask what’s not to like? Great design here; enjoy your trip to Chi!

  11. jenn

    August 12, 2005 at 6:36 am

    I lived in Chicago for 5 years and am now back in NC. We went to visit a few months ago and I *totally understand* having to eat every few hours to fit it all in! There’s no decent thai food here, so that was the first on the list. Have fun!

  12. Photographer Lori

    August 12, 2005 at 10:10 am

    When we moved here, I couldn’t believe no one walked! It’s sunny all the time and warm and come on people! Kids don’t even walk or ride bikes here! It’s so weird. I came from NYC, where everyone has to walk, everywhere. A very different lifestyle, that’s for sure. I love it here, but I do miss the Big Apple! ( I guess that’s why I love Law and Order!)