One year ago I started an internship with Modern Luxury Media (http://www.modernluxury.com/) and lived on State street for the summer.DSC_0195

Growing up in Milwaukee, Chicago was seen as the capital of the midwest and symbolically a dream of success. DSC_0212

The history behind the capital of the midwest is about as expansive and explosive as the skyscrapers that dominate the skyline.DSC_0202

There are limitless things to do in Chicago, the fast pace keeps the city alive through out the whole night.DSC_0192

Walk down the Magnificent Mile, the hub of downtown and host to a wide rage of big name shops.citypattern

Take an architectural boat tour,




Visit a museum

DSC_0178Relax in Millennial parkDSC_0179and enjoy a Chicago dog (no ketchup)DSC_0115and definitely go to Navy Pier. Order the Chicago mix popcorn from Garretts (Cheese and Carmel corn is arguably one of the most underrated  and greatest combinations).


Explore the north end restaurants, take the blue line and check out Wicker Park, the lists go on and on.DSC_0188One problem you won’t face is finding good food. Chicago’s food scene is eclectic and one of the best in the world.


For breakfast snag a Donut Vault donut by the Merchandise mart off Franklin. These Donuts are so incredible, you may likely find a line.DSC_0175

They sell out quickly but you can find out the flavor of the day and how many they have left by following them on Twitter (Twitter.com/doughnutvault).


Or try the Belgian bakery on Walton (conveniently right next to my cousin’s apartment).


Lunch around the loop is simple, cheap, and delicious.


Taza is highest rated yelp restaurant for a simple reason. Their falafel and homemade hummus is on a whole other level of insanity. I probably ate here 4 times a week, the owners even started giving me complimentary baklava. I couldn’t recommend this place enough.

Cafecito makes incredible Cubano and other pressed Cuban sandwiches, and those of you willing to make the treck should try out Cafe Lulu in Logan square.

2012-05-30 03.12.00Dinner is no easy feat when it comes to picking a restaurant downtown, a list could barely do Chicago’s dining scene justice.


One of my favorites is the creation of Tony Mantuano (Owner of Spiaggia): Bar Toma, which is right off Michigan Ave.IMG_0850

Unlike the hokey mom and pop Italian restaurant concept, Bar Toma offers refined pizzas and small tasting plates that would make Buca di beppo look like the Snooki of Italian restaurants


Although I mainly focused on the Loop (downtown) and barely scratched the surface, Chicago has many incredible neighborhoods with plenty more to offer.2012-06-17 03.19.26One day I would hope to call this city my home.