The snow miser has struck and with great force, IT’S -11 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT! I don’t know about you but this makes me want to cuddle up with a blanket, drink hot tea and eat super fattening foods. Ridiculous. No matter, I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to create a photo essay. A couple weeks ago a friend and I decided to take an adventure and explore Chicago’s touristy… yet not-so-touristy attractions. It was a day of entertainment and exploration with lots of art, food and toe warmers.
You can find these murals throughout the streets of Pilsen. This neighborhood of Chicago has opened up certain areas to artist who wish to use the city as their canvas. Most of the art represents the latino culture that lives throughout Pilsen, but also the city’s diversity and artistic creatives. I would suggest going to 18th street & Halsted and along the train tracks, north of 18th street. You can also find more art in the CTA train station and alongside some of the buildings.
One of my favorite things about Chicago in the winter time is ice skating in Millennium Park. It’s located right below The Bean and Pritzker Pavilion where you can get your dose of touristy destinations all in one. Not to mention you’re located right on Michigan Avenue (Magnificent Mile) where there’s food, shopping and architecture.
The Christkindlmarket – a European set up serving German foods, beer and hot chocolate. The crowds can be a bit overwhelming at night, but it’s still a fun place to go with family and friends. Unfortunately, it’s only open around the holiday season (Nov. 26- Dec. 24) so if you’re in the city make sure you check it out!
Chicago is a magnificent city. One minute you can be in the loop experiencing the cultural based foods and the next be in a serene area with small crowds and astonishing views.
Photos taken by: Caleb McCullough
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