From the Suburbs to the City: My Chicago Term Experience Thus Far

By: Kaylee Lessen, Sophomore

Chicago, by far, is the greatest city in the world! Am I biased? Maybe a little bit. But that’s only because I get to LIVE here!

Why do I get to live here? Because North Central College is incredible and has opportunities where I, as a sophomore, get to live downtown Chicago in an urban apartment overlooking Lake Michigan. I know it seems as though I’m bragging and who am I kidding, I totally am, but it’s such a neat thing I want to share it with everybody.fullsizerender-1

After my first full day in the city, I woke up feeling like I was in a dream. I sat up in bed and looked out my window at the brand new Ferris wheel at Navy Pier, and a little to the right I’m watching Buckingham Fountain magnificently erupt before my eyes. Boats are lined up in the harbor and a gentle, morning haze is settled over the lake. And I thought to myself, “Am I really living in one of the greatest cities in the world?” The reality still hasn’t really hit me!

Why do I find Chicago so wonderful? Well, apart from the fact that it’s rich with culture and has many other great qualities, here are a couple reasons why I, personally, am loving the city of Chicago.


Anyone who knows me well knows that I LOVE fountains. Lucky for me, this beautiful city has them all over the place, big and small! And the greatest of them all is sitting right outside my window. How awesome is that? Super.

Coffee Shops

Anyone who knows me well ALSO knows how much I love exploring new coffee shops. In Chicago, you can’t walk far without stumbling upon the cutest/coolest/most hipster coffee shop ever. I’ve picked up collecting coffee cup sleeves over this past year from all of the coffee shops I’ve visited and let me tell you, I am in coffee shop heaven.


Chicago has been called the melting pot of America due to the diversity of it’s population. And one thing I love about this city is not only it’s diversity of people, but the neighborhoods of Chicago are so unique themselves. I feel like I could live here all my life and still not experience all of the facets of Chicago.


There is NO shortage of fun places to grab a bite around here. Want Greek food? Head over to Greek Town. Want Chinese food? China Town! Want Italian food? You get the idea.


From the architecture, to the lake, to the river, to the skyscrapers, designs, urban gardens, parks, etc., it’s all beautiful.

There are SO many reasons why I think Chicago is the greatest city in the world and I’m incredibly thankful for the opportunity to bask in and learn from its culture and beauty.

fullsizerender-2I can’t wait for this experience to continue to unfold in the next 6 weeks. Woo-hoo!


Photo Credit: Karli Anne Photography


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