The Second City: Chicago & Its Electric Energy

The Second City: Chicago & Its Electric Energy

I’ve been going to Chicago about every year for at least the past ten years. It’s just been a family tradition of ours, along with going up north during the summer like to Traverse City. I’m from Michigan. I’m a total die-hard Michigander; I love Michigan with my whole entire heart. It’s got cities, beaches, four beautiful seasons, small towns, art, culture, a rich history and everything in between. For us, going to Chicago was only about 4 hours away and our little getaway.

I appreciate Chicago the same way I appreciate Detroit, they both have rich histories where they’ve had to rebuild themselves. They both have some negative connotations from outsiders (boy you’re all missing out), and they both have such strong beauty. But enough about Detroit, that will be another blog post; I want to focus on Chicago for this one since this is my first time going to Chicago since starting Tiger Lily Diary!

Through this post, I want to share some pictures with you. I recently bought a brand new camera, took sometime exploring the features, snapping pics, and editing them using Lightroom, and now am ready to share some of them! During our trip we explored the Art Institute of Chicago (my parents informed me that I was here before, but I couldn’t remember since I was so little! so it was all new to me), we took the Architecture Boat Tour (I know, very touristy, but very cool I must say!), and even checked out a show at Second City which was hilarious!

The Flight from Pompeii statue at the Art Institute of Chicago

The Flight from Pompeii statue at the Art Institute of Chicago

The Old Mercantile Building shot from the Chicago River.

The Old Mercantile Building shot from the Chicago River.

Chicago at the DuSable Bridge

Chicago at the DuSable Bridge

The Wrigley Building on Michigan Ave

The Wrigley Building on Michigan Ave

The Madison Street Bridge. Had to snap a picture of this, seeing that we share the same name!

The Madison Street Bridge. Had to snap a picture of this, seeing that we share the same name!

A closeup of the Flight from Pompeii -- one of my favorite works of art seen at the museum.

A closeup of the Flight from Pompeii — one of my favorite works of art seen at the museum.

Taken during our architecture tour on the river. (Touristy, I know!)

Taken during our architecture tour on the river. (Touristy, I know!)

The Chicago Fire Department -- at the Coast Guard at Lake Michigan

The Chicago Fire Department — at the Coast Guard at Lake Michigan

The infamous Bubble Guy at the Columbus Drive bridge. Apparently he likes to come out every once in a while and blow bubbles down the river. Its beautiful!

The infamous Bubble Guy at the Columbus Drive bridge. Apparently he likes to come out every once in a while and blow bubbles down the river. Its beautiful!

An old factory turned into office space. Whirlpool is not housed here!

An old factory turned into office space. Whirlpool is not housed here!

When I think about the city and and look at these pictures I realize that I, myself, want to be more like Chicago. I want to work hard, hustle, and be open to new experiences. It’s a whole mindset thing. Cities are always moving, growing, working, and I want to be the same way. Who’s with me? The architecture of the famous, stoic old buildings translate into the mindset of these hardworking midwesterners. I can’t wait to go back to my favorite city again soon and explore something new.

Now, sitting here writing this, in my small hometown in Michigan, makes me want to carry that city energy and midwest charm with me everywhere I go.

With Love,

T.L.

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4 Comments

  1. JAJA May 24, 2018 / 11:24 am

    Very good Maddie. Great pictures too. I hope all your dreams come true…

    • madisonheise
      Author
      May 24, 2018 / 5:00 pm

      Thank you!!💕💕

  2. Eleanor June 4, 2018 / 10:48 am

    Chicago is right up there with one of my next cities I want to visit! It looks amazingly gothic and the architecture looks fantastic.

    eleanor
    elleanorwears.com

    • madisonheise
      Author
      June 6, 2018 / 9:11 am

      Yes it totally is!! I hope you can visit there soon!

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