There was a time when we thought, We won’t live in Chicago for the long haul. We told ourselves, This is temporary! Just for fun. For now. But here we are, 10 years later, and we truly can’t imagine living anywhere else in the world.
We moved here from Cincinnati in the fall of 2006, rented the cutest (and somehow, roomiest!) apartment right off of Palmer Square. We had packed up our moving truck and pulled up to our new home 5 hours later. I remember our first night, it felt so exciting as we laid on the bare mattress, and we said, We can hear cars honking! And people talking outside! The funny thing is, we meant that in the best, most romantic way possible. We felt like we were being initiated into city living, as if it were a badge of honor.
A year later, we purchased an itty bitty condo together, and six years after that, we were ready to move again. We began to crave a little more space, and we considered some of the many cities that we’ve visited and enjoyed – Seattle, Portland, Nashville. The more we noodled on it, the more we realized, no, we would miss Chicago too much. Chicago has our very favorite diner, the best doughnuts, that big, blue lake and sandy beaches and the prettiest grassy boulevards and an energy that revitalizes us. Without us realizing it, Chicago knew it was our home before we did.
In 2013, we found this house (after a mild heartbreak, for good measure), and three years in, it feels so completely like home, it’s hard to believe we considered living anywhere else! This year marks our 10 year anniversary of living in a city we love so much; our hearts swell thinking of the roots we’ve planted, the friends we consider family and this home that has seen us cry, argue and laugh until our sides hurt. To celebrate, we’ve put together a love letter to our city, to the tune of a top 10 list. Could it have been a top 20? 30? 40? Yes! But that’ll have to wait for their respective anniversaries, of course. We love you, Chicago!
Video Notes: Where We Went
Cocktails at Wyler Road
Pie and coffee at Bang Bang
A League of Their Own at Pritzker Pavillion
Waterworks at Crown Fountain
This pretty tucked away garden in the heart of the city
Long dog walks along The 606
Sculptures and greenery in Grant Park
Flower picking at Cattails
Shopping for handmade goods at Renegade Craft Fair
Edited by our talented friend Hannah Stephans