My Kind of Town Chicago is
When I was a child, my father would always play Frank Sinatra on the turntable. Sinatra’s version of “My Kind of Town” was always one of my favorite songs; especially the verse in which he belts out, “My Kind Of Town, Chicago is”. So when I got older, one of the first places I visited was Chicago. I realized how true those guttural lyrics were in painting a picture of the town.
Chicago is unofficially made up of two hundred neighborhoods, and booking the right hotel room is important depending on what you like. For example, if shopping and art are important to you, then looking for Chicago hotel accommodations in the Lincoln Park area would be a smart choice. This area happens to be one of the liveliest in town.
For many, like me, a visit to Chicago is not complete without seeing one or two sporting events. The town has many teams that are steeped in history. There are the Chicago Blackhawks, one of the original six hockey franchises in the NHL; The Chicago Bulls, one of basketball’s elite teams made world-famous by Michael Jordan; and the Chicago Bears of Football, which embodies the strength and the blue collar approach that citizens of Chicago are proud to have.
There are two baseball teams, one being the White Sox, most famous for the 1919 scandal of throwing the World Series. This event also brings to light the strong gangster history that existed in Chicago.
Of all the great sports teams, no team is loved in this town more than the Cubs. This team has been known for fielding some of the worst teams in baseball history. The Cubs haven’t won a World Series since 1908. Their losing ways are accredited to something called the “Curse of Billy the Goat”. Long story, short, a guy and his goat were forced to leave the stadium because the fans were complaining of the stink. Upon leaving, the owner of the goat was known to have said that the Cubs “ain’t gonna win no more”, and they haven’t won since. These lovable losers happen to play in the most beautiful stadium in the league, Wrigley Field. If there is one sporting event to catch while visiting Chicago, it should be a Cubs game.
Quintessential American Food Offerings
Chicago has much more to offer than just its great sporting teams. It has some of the most quintessentially American food offerings. Some worth mentioning are the many famous steakhouses in which to choose, but none more famous than the Original Morton’s on North State Street. It’s a meat lover’s paradise.
If you’re a fan of pizza, a visit to Chicago is a must as it is the birthplace of deep-dish pizza. The Original Pizzeria Uno, located on East Ohio Street, is a destination that should not be missed by any pizza connoisseur.
One can’t leave Chicago without having a Chicago-style hotdog. This version is topped with yellow mustard, chopped white onions, bright green sweet pickle relish, a dill pickle spear, tomato wedges, pickled peppers and a dash of celery salt. The best are offered at Gene’s and Jude’s, located on River Road. After having this version, you may never be satisfied with a regular hot dog ever again.
Once you’ve visited Chicago, you’ll find that it “is one town that won’t let you down” and you’ll find yourself singing that it’s also your “kind of town”.
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