Thursday, July 29, 2010

Where can I feel the Illinoise?


Dear Chicago,

        I met you for the first time 3 days ago, and I am really sad to admit that I am not charmed. Where can I feel your Illinoise that Sufjan Stevens sings about? "It's not you, it's me" or "It's not me, it's you." Which one is it? Is it both? I know it takes two to tango, but I feel like we haven't even danced. Not to be harsh, but you seem to have all the stress and impoliteness of a big city without it's charm. I know that it's bad to compare, but I love NYC, so I thought I'd love you even more.
     Look, I know you are awesome, because I have heard rave reviews from others who have really good taste in cities. You have starred in countless movies, books, music, and, of course, a musical. Some of the greatest Americans love you. 
       To be fair, you have made my belly happy. I had the best Guacamole ever at Big Star. You provided really good Cuban food, a good burger at Edzo's, good cocktails at The Violet Hour.
        And, I must let you know, I felt the same way about Paris, France. Now, I love Paris...a whole bunch. So, we have hope, Chicago. Don't give up on me, and I won't give up on you. After all, love at first sight is pretty shallow.


P.S.--You only have a day and a half to change my impression. No pressure.


  1. oh no! Chicago is a great place. I haven't been in a few years though to be honest. Maybe you just haven't gone to the right places. try to see a live show or something.

    PS: "Dear Chicago" reminds me of the ryan adams song. ;)

  2. You went to a couple of the places I suggested! Yay!

    I absolutely love Chicago. One of my favorite parts about this city is the people - sure it's not as sugary sweet as that southern charm you're used to, but it's more "real". Don't mistake keepin' real for being impolite, lady! I'd take it over the South anyday. I mean, let's face it, a Southerner is probably more likely to treat you kindly and bash you behind your back. What a waste of time! I'd rather someone be "rude" to my face. End rant. :)


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