America's best kept secret - Chicago

Chicago's Bean (Cloud Gate) in Millenium Park.

Yep, that's right, I believe that Chicago is actually one of America's best kept secrets. Everyone goes on and on about New York, Vegas, or Hollywood, but I've never heard anyone gush about Chicago. So unless you've been there, you have no idea what you are missing.

I've been to Chi town three times now, twice in summer and once in the winter, and let me tell you, I love that place no matter the weather! I was recently in town for a conference, and my short stay was enough to renew my love.

The first time I visited was actually against the  advice of my Australian travel agent, who told me "oh there isn't much to do there, if you do go you really won't need more than a day or two". I don't know if she visited Chicago with her eyes shut, but frankly she was a moron and I'm glad I didn't heed her warning. So off I went to Chicago, knowing very little about the place.

From the moment I set foot on the Magnificent Mile I was in love. I have always been an avid admirer of architecture, and until that point the New York skyline had a firm grip on my heart. So don't tell The Big Apple, but she's now number two. Chicago is visually stunning, and I mean really, really gorgeous.

Michigan Avenue, the Magnificent Mile in Chicago

On my first trip I made sure to do a few tours and try to learn as much as I could about this new found treasure. An architectural boat cruise is an absolute must. You see things from the water that you just can't appreciate from the street. I'd also recommend a Second City walking tour.

The Chicago River at sunset

Millenium Park is also a must-see. There is always so much going on, especially in summer. From food and people dancing, to public art, and even free concerts!

The Crown Fountain in Millennium Park Chicago

I also visited as many of Chicago's outstanding museums as I could fit in, and I recommend them all! The Art Institute of Chicago has one of the most beautiful collections I've seen in my travels, and the Museum of Science and Industry is interactive and fun for the young and young at heart, if you know what I mean.

Millenium Park Chicago looking towards the Art Institute of Chicago

If you visit in the summer, treat yourself to dinner and fireworks out on Navy Pier on either Wednesday or Saturday, and definitely take in the lights of the city from the ferris wheel.

Navy Pier in Chicago

Chicago also has some of the best food I've had in America, and I'm not just talking about the famous deep-dish pizza. It seems to me that unlike a lot of other places in the US Chicago is filled to bursting with independent, affordable, and simply incredible restaurants, rather than nation-wide chains.

If you're looking for somewhere to stay, I can recommend the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, make sure to ask for a river view!

I really can't express how great I think Chicago is, so you're just going to have to see if for yourself. The art, culture, events, architecture, food, and copious activities all make it my new favorite city in the USA. If you'd like to see more photos, check out my Instagram account: @SweetDivergence

I'd love to hear from you in the comment section. Have you been to Chicago, do you share my opinion that it is amazing beyond description...or do you think I should shut my mouth and stop telling so many people to visit? ;)

Tilt shift of the Chicago River from the Sheraton Hotel and Towers


  1. I am currently living in San Diego w/ my military daughter and grand son ,but hale from just outside Chi-town and you could NOT be more spot ON than what you've said about Chicago! There is SO Much to do IN and AROUND Chicago!it is one SUPER TERRIFIC place both to LIVE IN and VISIT! Glad to hear you LOVED my home-town!

    1. Oh I absolutely do! I'm really surprised that you don't hear more about Chicago...but maybe the people who live there want to keep it as secret! ;)

      Welcome to San Diego...currently my home-town too!