Friend Makin’ Mondays: Home

So it’s time for my Mountains and Molehills again.…. My Molehill  I am coughing, it’s a weird cough, it’s not wet  it’s dry and annoying and bouts usually last about 5 minutes I usually cough a lot of the night, but I am now coughing during the day and no amount of water, or 10513343_10153095324750995_7390806732877103427_ncandy stops it… it’s so annoying I coughed so much on Saturday I was horse for most of the day… I’m thinking that it’s allergies… compared to all the things that are going on in my life I shouldn’t10271631_10153095324860995_8035093436751509210_n really complain.  My Mountain happened on Saturday, we went to Bastille Days, something my mom and I have done for the past 10 years, it was sort of a summer tradition when we lived in Milwaukee and when we moved back to Chicago we continues to tradition. This year we took along my cousin Michelle, although the day started off horribly… super heavy rains, but once we got to Milwaukee, the rain had stopped and the sun came out for a little while. We ate a lot of food, did a ton of shopping and listen to some great music; I think the best part of the trip was a musical group called Funkadesi, the music was so uplifting, we liked them so much we are going to see them again next weekend….all and all it was a food weekend.

Funkadesi’s performance at Lotus Festival 2013 in Bloomington Indiana

If you’ve taken part in Friend Makin’ Mondays before then you are familiar with the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to read and comment on a couple of other posts. This week’s topic comes from Erin at Living Made Healthy – she suggested we talk about the reasons we love living where we do now, or where we grew up. Would be great to learn a little bit about where everyone lives.

I have chosen 5 things about my home town Chicago, which is where I am currently residing and honestly I never thought that I would be living here again, but I guess when you think about it, most of us are living in a place where we ever thought we’d live.

1. Neighborhoods – Chicago is a city of neighborhoods, don’t believe me? Check this out. And because of that each neighborhood has it’s own history, flavor and ethnic pride…. so Chicago has a Lot of neighborhood parades and festivals and honestly I think that’s when the city is at it’s best. Then don’t forget the city-wide food and music festivals like Lollapalooza or the Taste of Chicago


Taste of Chicago

2. Food – Holy cow, you can get any kind of food here. Although there are certainly foods that are inherently “Chicago” like the Chicago Style Hot Dog, Deep Dish Pizza, and Italian Beef, but you can go to Greek Town and get some of the yummiest Saganaki or go to Andersonville for some of the best Lentil soup ever over at The Taste of Lebanon, or head over to Pilsen for some of the best Mexican Food your mouth has ever had the pleasure of touching. You know when think about it, this isn’t really the place for someone if they are trying to lose weight


3. History – Chicago’s first permanent resident was a trader named Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, a free black man apparently from Haiti, who came here in the late 1770s. In 1795, the U.S. government built Fort Dearborn at what is now the corner of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive (look for the bronze markers in the pavement). It was burned to the ground by Native Americans in 1812, rebuilt and demolished in 1857. Chicago is rich with history…from the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, To Al Capone’s “take over” of the city, to Jane Adams and Hull House, Fun Facts: The Famous Route 66 (U.S. Route 66) starts in Chicago and having America’s first serial killer H.H. Holmes. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I love this city, you literally learn something new about it every single day.

4. Scenery – Honestly there is not anything that I can say, so I’ll let the pictures do the talking (yep, I realize it’s a total cop-out)


5. The People – Chicago is a city with major issues, but at the heart of Chicago (and any city really) are it’s people. The people give this city it’s identity. 9.5 million people live in this city and they all have a distant pride in their city, their sports teams, and their food. Many people say that Chicagoans have a distinct way of talking. Besides you know it’s a great city when people write songs about you and bands name themselves after you Smile



This was the city that I was born in and despite my travels I ended up back here… I think there is a reason for that

My Kind of Town


Until Next Time!

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