Chicago, also known as “The City of Broad Shoulders," “Beantown," and most commonly, “The Windy City," was one of the most amazing cities I’ve visited. I visited Chicago for the first time on a National Millennial and GenZ Community trip, back in August and absolutely fell in love with it. Not only was the food amazing, but the people were too; and the city was very diverse.
While in Chicago, I was able to try several different foods and cuisines. One of the dishes I was able to try was a Swedish dish, which tasted delicious! The meal consisted of some of my absolute favorites, including real Swedish Meatballs, mashed potatoes, and a lingonberry sauce to top everything off with. In addition to the delicious Swedish food, I was also able to enjoy German cuisine for the first time. The serving I had was different from mostly everyone else’s, I had “Spätzle," which was a pasta, noodle dish with vegetables and a cheese-like sauce that was quite tasty! Lastly, which isn’t surprising, I also partook in trying the infamous, absolutely delicious Chicago deep-dish pizza. It was the best pizza I had ever had! It tasted like heaven topped with cheese, meat, and homemade sauce. The food in Chicago was just as diverse--if not more--as the people in Chicago.
One of the things that stood out about Chicago was the diversity. A few of the companies we visited were located downtown, so we were able to get a good glimpse of it. We, briefly, had some free time downtown, so I was able to get a nice view of the city’s downtown area. While there, I was able to see the infamous “Bean” and several other landmarks. Most importantly, I was able to walk around and just see the people of Chicago. I’m not sure if downtown is an accurate representation of all of Chicago, but from what I gathered from my vantage point of the area, it was very diverse and busy. The city gave off a very nice, friendly, and vibrant energy. Because of my positive encounters with the city, it inspired me to possibly live there.
I found the vibe of downtown to be aesthetically pleasing and attractive. After my collegiate career, I would love to move to Chicago--or a city with a similar ambiance--and live on the outskirts. From there, I would commute inward to the city to work downtown. I am extremely grateful to be a part of such an amazing community of students and feel very fortunate to be able to travel to new places that I wouldn’t have travelled to without the community.