10 Typical Chicago places I visited in Chicago

It has been just over a week now but I am still having my Chicago withdrawal.

I was very fortunate to have my loving family take me to the “typical Chicago” places to go to, and act like a local. Except for the part when I need to ask the cashier to tell me if I have given them enough change since I didn’t know how much a dime was worth… Apart from that, I totally blended in!

Here are some places my family took me to which I definitely think people should visit when going to Chicago.

1. The Field Museum

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I thought it was pretty timely that I had watched Jurassic Park on the plane the day before… Definitely bringing my future kids here, with the hope of sparking an interest in science in them! Yes, I thought that far ahead.

2. The Shedd Aquarium

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Have you ever felt a sturgeon? Have you ever petted a sturgeon? Nope didn’t think so. That’s why you need to go. And also to see their amazing collection of species of course!

3. Portillo’s

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Their Italien Beef sandwich is to die for. Who knew a soggy sandwich could be so delicious! Also, the meatiest sandwich I have ever eaten. Just writing about it makes my mouth water…

4. The Bahá’í House of Worship

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I had never encountered the religion before, but now I know that not only do they have a beautiful building, they also have beautiful messages that they share to the world. So beautiful I even wrote a blog post about it!

5. Cloud Gate aka “The Bean”

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If I was taller then I could look like I had the Bean with the reflection of the city of Chicago as a beanie… but unfortunately I was unlucky at the genetic lottery. Nevertheless, I love this bean, I find it quite adorable hehe. Definitely my favourite symbol of Chicago – isn’t it the most famous symbol of Chicago too?

6. Milennium Park

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The Bean is a part of Milennium Park, but for tourists like me, we might not know that. If my cousin didn’t tell me to walk on the Milennium Bridge I wouldn’t have seen the figure 8 ice skating rink. The first figure 8 ice skating rink I’ve ever seen actually. So if you’re by taking photos by the Bean, don’t forget to continue to see the rest of the park too!

7. Pequod Pizzeria IMG_0459

Everyone knows that in Chicago, one must eat a deep dish pizza. Apparently, one of the best deep dish pizzas out there are made by the small family-run restaurant called Pequod Pizzeria. Frequently receiving awards and highly rated on TripAdvisor, what could go wrong? Also, you only need one, max two slices to be full… Yum!

8. Superdawgs

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Coming from Europe where drive-thrus are not as popular as in Europe, visiting a restaurant which builds on the concept of eating in your car was quite exciting. You park your car by a machine, order, wait until the waiter/waitress gives you your food in your car and then finally eat/or drive away with your food! However not only was the concept exciting, the food was pretty good too. Delicious Chicago hotdogs – with no ketchup or mustard. Apparently it’s a crime to put some on.

9. Chicago Premium Outlets at Aurora

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As I love shopping, especially if it’s good quality branded stuff at cheap prices, this place was like Disneyland for me. Here we are after over 6h of shopping at Armani Exchange. As you can see, I was still going strong. If you guys are wondering, I’m trying an entire outfit (blazer, skirt and shirt) for under $100! I ended up buying the skirt and the blazer. I know, that place was amazing. 

10. Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower

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And of course the famous Skydeck at Willis Tower. I’m normally scared of heights but for this amazing view of this amazing city, it wasn’t hard getting over it. ❤

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Chicago until we meet again! Did I miss any sights? If so, where do you think I should go next time I’m in Chicago? 🙂

Chicago Day 2: the Baha’i temple

Today we visited the oldest living Baha’i temple in the world. I have never heard of the religion Baha’i before so this was definitely something special for me.

When my family told me about visiting this place of worship, my only expectation was to see this beautiful building by the lake – and take loads of photos of course. Little did I know, not only is this building beautiful, so is the message it brings.

At the Visitor’s centre of the temple, they have a great exhibit of the Baha’i faith, including a video of its history and the history of the building. It was there where I learnt what the faith entails, and was captivated of their teachings. The faith strives for spiritual unity of all mankind. They advocate for the oneness of God, religion and humanity.

The Baha’i believe that there is only one God who has manifested himself through various ways and religions, but they are essentially the same God. The past Divine Messengers like Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha etc., have each brought their teachings to address the needs and conditions of humanity of their time, but have all reflected the same Divine purpose. The Baha’i believe that the final Divine messenger was their founder Baha’u’llah, who gave the message of unity for all.

“God…is and hath from everlasting been, one and alone…eternal in the past, eternal in the future.”

In addition, they believe that all humankind have been created equal but are coupled with diversity. We are all created differently, but essentially we are all the same.

“Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch.”

All prejudice should end, as there is unity in diversity.

as it is in music where many different notes blend together in the making of a perfect chord.”

Today I was introduced to a beautiful religion who strive for oneness of the world. Optimistic and idealistic, but that is exactly what we need in the world right now. For the Baha’i, it is not about showing why one religion believes in something “wrong” or why we all look different from each other and behave differently. For the Baha’i it is not about focusing on our differences but rather, celebrating what we all have in common. And that is beautiful. This is a teaching we all should live by and if we did, I’m sure the world would definitely be a much better place.

For more information about the Baha’i temple and its faith, click here.

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