In April, my boyfriend Alvi and I decided to take some time to visit the Windy City. We were so excited to finally explore this beautiful city and check it out of our bucket list.
We stayed in the neighborhood of Pilsen, which after the four days felt like home to us. At first I'll have to admit we had to get use to the tranquility of the neighborhood, since back home we are use to the busy streets and the loud traffic. However, this calmness was just one of the many wonderful things that Pilsen has to offer. My favorite part of Pilsen was its colorful murals, they depict the the Mexican-American culture and history of the people. These murals just give so much life to the neighborhood.
On the first day we grabbed dinner at the Jibarrito Shop, a delicious Puerto Rican Resturant on 18th Street (their rice and beans are to die for!!). Then we headed to a Bulls vs Hornets game. I love basketball games and I was extremely excited about this one because I was going see the Micheal Jordan statue. The game was hands down the most entertaining games I've ever attended! (The Bulls really know how to amuse their fans!)
On the second day, we visited the National Museum of Mexican Art. If there's a museum in Chicago that I would highly recommend you visiting is this one, besides the Art Institute of Chicago which we didn't get the chance to visit. It's admission is donation based and it showcases the beautiful art of many Mexican and Chicagoan artists. My favorite work of art was "La Leyenda de Los Volcanes" by Jesús Helguera.
We also explored much of downtown Chicago. It was so easy to travel all over the city using the metro, which travels all above ground allowing one to admire the gorgeous skyline. We got to see the famous Bean in Millennial Park, the breathtaking Chicago River that divides the North side from the Downtown and Chinatown.
On our last day we decided to explore Pilsen's beautiful murals. They are literary in very street which was thrilling! We also got to eat some delicious tamales and champurado, a warm chocolate drink, from a lovely street vendor. It was delicious! After, we headed to Wicker Park a neighborhood a little north from Pilsen, where we did some shopping at some local thrift stores and ate fried chicken at the cutest spot (Harold's Chicken Shack).
We ended our journey going up the Willis tower and staring at the city through the see through Skydeck. The weather was still freezing and we even got to see some flurries.
Can't wait to go back to Chicago to explore the other neighborhoods and food places that we didn't get to visit!