i'm getting this here blog on a blog schedule. everything needs to be on schedules. i like order. and planning. since i already decluttered and completely organized my home, i decided to turn my attentions to my online activities. starting here, naturally. (because i already keep an inbox zero. you can be jealous.)
i live in a really great city, and i don't talk about it nearly enough. people visit here from all over the world, and i actually live here. you can even see the sears tower (stop trying to make willis happen. it's not going to happen.) from my apartment window and i think that's pretty cool. in my old place, you could see navy pier. and i get e-mail requests fairly regularly from bloggers about to visit chicago asking for my recommendations, so of course i thought 'heck, i might as well make some blog posts out of these ideas.'
there's a lot of guides you can find on all the tourist-y things to do. but i've lived in chicago almost my whole life so i wanted to take some time to tell you about the not so tourist-y yet awesome things to do. places i love to eat, the best places to shop. and maybe some insider secrets about those tourist places, like the best days and times to visit the shedd aquarium. i don't have all the details worked out yet, but i am going to do a chicago post once a month. (the third thursday of every month, in case you're interested. that's how detailed my little ocd blog schedule is.)
probably starting with the best dive bars, let's be honest here. write what you know, right?
this will all be starting in october, but i thought i'd take today to offer a map of the chicago area. it might give you a better idea of where i am and where the different neighborhoods are that people often mention. this is a map of chicago from best chicago properties. i thank them for providing it, because it was the best 'basic' one i could find. chicago does extend slightly further west and south than this map shows, but this is the area i'd be talking about. i added some helpful notes to orient you, of course. cause y'all care so much where i live, right? there should also be large spots over wrigley, lincoln park, and river north that say 'this is where i drink' if you want to imagine the full picture.
got that? any questions? if you want to know where something is specifically, just ask, i'll be happy to point it out. is this what you pictured when you thought of chicago neighborhoods?
did you know this is the map of panem? blew my mind. always thought it was a straight line.