‘Merica Wednesday 03: Chicago, IL

Hey my lovelies! TheΒ third installment ofΒ ‘Merica Wednesdays is all about Chicago! Yes Chi-Town, Chiraq, Chicagoland… One of the best places in the world. So without any more interruption here is Chicago. No passport, no visa.

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Officialy known as the City of Chicago, this windy city is the third most populated in the USA and the most populated in the Midwestern United States. Chicago is known around the world as an authority on telecommunications, industry, finance, and transportation: with O’Hare International Airport taking the title as the second busiest in the world in regards to air traffic. Chicago also holds the title of having one of the world’s most diversified economy and workforce. Last year Chi-Town claimed it’s title as one of the most visited US cities with over 54 million domestic and international visitors. The Windy Cities culture has strong ties in performance with theater, film, visual arts, comedy, and music. In addition to an abundance of professional sporting teams Chicago is also home to a number of prestigious colleges and universities.

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When visiting Chicago the first thing you will probably notice is its simple layout. The city is divided into three large divisions: TheΒ Loop, The North Side, South Side, and West SideΒ each with their own subdivisions. A few of the Windy Cities famous public artwork include Chagall’s Four Seasons, Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate, Burham and Bennett’s Buckingham Fountain, the Chicago Picasso, and Plensa’s Crown Fountain.

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The waterfront nightlife has attracted millions to the wonders of Chicago. From Roger’s Park in Northside Chicago to South Shore Chicago a third of it’s residents have convened for waterfront residence. Hugging the waterfront numerous culturally diverse neighborhoods can be found including Little Seoul, Paseo Boricua, Greek Town, Little Italy, Little Vietnam, Polish Patches,Β Pilsen, a Desi area, and Chinatown. In addition to the booming nightlife highlighted by Chicago’s cultural diversity some other interesting things in Chicago can be found in the many neighborhoods and boroughs of Chicago. In Lincoln Park a popular zoo and Lincoln Park Conservatory can be found.

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Chicago has something for everybody. If classic architecture, stunning cityscapes, cutting edge universities, and an expansive nightlife isn’t for you then you’re sure to find your dream getaway in Chicago’s music and theatre as well as their popular sporting teams and clubs. Known internationally as a great place for the performing arts theatres such as the Bank of America Theatre, the Goodman Theatre, and the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre as well as many others. The Chicago Symphony also takes it’s place annually as one of the best orchestras and orchestral performances in the world. If you are drawn to music outside of the performing arts then Chicago’s famous live music scene and legendary jazz and blues venues will definitely sate your appetite. Finally, whenever talking about Chicago the elephant in the room is always their sporting teams. With some of the most famous and well know sporting teams in the world Chicago is a great place to appreciate athletics. Take a trip to Wrigley Field to appreciate the Chicago Cubs or to the Guaranteed Rate Field in South Side Chicago for the White Sox.

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The appeal of Chicago can be appreciated by anyone. From the architecture, to the cuisine, to live entertainment Chicago is a perfect weekend getaway or drawn out vacation for anyone. With median priced expenses and four star hotels starting at $99 a night Chicago is also a cost effective trip for even the most frugal spenders. If you are the least bit intrigued by the enchanting wonders of Chicago don’t wait to find the answers to your questions. Book a flight or fuel up your tank and journey to the windy city, Chi-Town won’t disappoint you.

 

‘Merica Wednesday: 01 New Orleans, LA

Most people think travel has to be international. When we think of vacations we’re automatically drawn to the long trips to Paris, Rome, Tokyo, and all the other destinations we endlessly seek out. Most of the time, one hour into planning for our big adventure we realize 1.) we don’t have anyone to go with and 2.) we’re not willing to pay the cost (you should, it’s worth every penny). So you lock your travel dreams away to only going for your honeymoon and stay in Nobody Town, Montana. (No offense!) Advetureless. Little do you know, travel doesn’t always have to be an epic trek to another country. You don’t always need a passport. This section of the Lonely Wanderer will be dedicated to all of the fantastic trips you can take inside the U.S. The first installment of ‘Merica Wednesday will catalog the popular destination of New Orleans, Louisiana. So buckle up. No passport needed.

The “Big Easy” New Orleans, Louisiana is a popular city and cultural hub located just on the Mississippi River in southeast Louisiana. The huge melting pot city draws influences from the French, Native American, African, and Spanish cultures creating a unique breed aptly named Creole or Cajun. Β New Orleans is known and revered for its rich history, cuisine, never ending nightlife, vibrant music, and show stopping festivals and celebrations. New Orleans is the perfect destination for some Gulf Coast fun!

Yearly, New Orleans ranks as one of the top ten most visited cities in the U.S. Visitors can find many attractions in the Big Easy like Magazine Street, the world-renowned French Quarter, Pontchartrain Hotel, and St. Charles Ave. The Big Easy also ranks as one of the best Spring Break locations boasting with stylish hotels, singles and bar scenes, antique and vintage shops, neighborhood restaurants, live music, and the worlds most interesting people watching. Not only is New Orleans considered a destination for “wild weekends” it is also ranked second in both friendly cites and gay friendly cities in the U.S.

The French Quarter, locally known as the Quarter (Vieux CarrΓ¨), houses popular bars, hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs. Bourbon Street, St Louis Cathedral, Perservation Hall, Jackson Square, and the popular French Market are all noteworthy tourist attractions. For a historic and natural visit one can also expect the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Audubon Institute, and City Park (with one of the world’s largest standing Oak trees) as a sure pleaser.

New Orleans is a pinnacle for many celebrations bringing in thousands of travelers every year. Mardi Gras (the Carnival), New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the VoodooΒ Eexperience, and the Essence Music Festival are the cities highest grossing. It’s unique music scene is sure to have you happy while bar hopping on Bourbon Street. It’s famous Creole and Cajun food is sure to spice your taste buds. Popular cuisine like po boy sandwiches, oysters, gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, crawfish, and the world famous pastry beignets will keep you full for your entire trip.

Flaunting cheap airfare and four star hotels as low as $70 dollars a night New Orleans is the perfect destination for an onslaught of fun or a weekend getaway. Go and walk the cobblestone streets marred with history. Dance to the once in a lifetime music of joy. Eat the cuisines of freedom and speak to the New Orleanians famous for their strength in the face of defeat. I dare you not to fall in love.

Have any of you ever visited New Orleans?

Let me know about your trip in the comments below!