Eating your way through Chicago

Eating your way through Chicago

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Urbanathlons, and Italian Beefs or Chicago Part 2

Urbanathlons, and Italian Beefs or Chicago Part 2

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[img src=http://www.levyourlife.com/wp-content/flagallery/chicago/thumbs/thumbs_chicago1-006.jpg]00 [img src=http://www.levyourlife.com/wp-content/flagallery/chicago/thumbs/thumbs_chicago1-005_0.jpg]00 [img src=http://www.levyourlife.com/wp-content/flagallery/chicago/thumbs/thumbs_chicago1-005.jpg]00 [img src=http://www.levyourlife.com/wp-content/flagallery/chicago/thumbs/thumbs_chicago1-004.jpg]00 [img src=http://www.levyourlife.com/wp-content/flagallery/chicago/thumbs/thumbs_chicago1-004_0.jpg]00 “Hi my name is Lev and I’m addicted to traveling,” this thought crossed my mind more than once this past weekend in Chicago. How else can I explain paying money to sit next to a fat guy on a cramped megabus for 3 hours to get to the city ( yes that was as comfortable as it sounds.) My...
Chicago

Chicago

To say I’ve neglected this blog is an understatement. Its been almost two months since I’ve done anything but work at 3 jobs. While I enjoy discussing return policies as much as the next guy its time for me to have a few days off and leave the lovely confines of the golden ghetto, Carmel.  A few weeks ago I decided to book another mega bus ticket to Chicago. In two weeks I”ll be back in the city for three days and while I would love to just follow my blog and visit the exact same places in the same order I am seeking out suggestions for what to see and do in Chicago.  That’s not to say that I don’t secretly hope to stumble upon Kelsey Grammer walking the streets with his girlfriend/daughter ( only kidding lawyers for Kelsey Grammer.) If you know of some good places to see leave me a comment so that I may better immerse myself as a tourist in the great city of Chicago. Plus you may just get mentioned in the next blog post. For now I will continue to get berated by Carmel moms who are upset that they didn’t get to use their 50 cent coupon on their $300 purchase just counting down the days till I get to get on the luxurious vehicle that is the...
Wrigleyville, Streeterville, and Frasier… or my time in Chicago

Wrigleyville, Streeterville, and Frasier… or my time in Chicago

What started out as an innocent suggestion to go see Bill Maher in Chicago a few months back turned into a reality this past weekend. That’s right I found myself in the middle of a megabus at 9 in the morning heading for the only city in a 1,000 mile radius that could call itself an international city. That was one of the things that I took away from this trip (along with the sobering fact that some homeless people will threaten to kill you if you don’t give them some change, but more on that later). Ever since traveling through Europe every new destination is seen through that prism, and in many ways Chicago made me feel like I had stepped back onto European soil. From the throngs of tourists to the little corner cafe’s and restaurants everything about the city had a very friendly feel to it. Walking 10 hours a day also took me back. Lets start at the beginning though. I arrived in Chicago around noon on Thursday to what seemed like a 150 degree day outside. I was met at the bus stop by my friend Leer who dealt with the heat by both taking his shirt off and then putting it back on repeatedly. This was Chicago after all so no one seemed to notice the shirtless man walking through the city and he even had some company with a couple other people who “got it.” The heat in and of itself wasn’t too bad but the big bag that I brought did not help the cause. I think I tried to hold that bag...