Homesick For Chicago


June 13, 2016

For those of you who have been following my blog for a while, you know how I feel about the city of Chicago. Underscore Films' founder, Rick Wayne, and I have much in common beyond the title, Homesick For Chicago. Wayne writes, 

"It’s hard to say goodbye to someone you love but nothing can prepare you to say goodbye to your city. We were born here, had our hearts broken then mended and we grew up into business men. Chicago is something you have to let into your soul to understand. Although our careers lead us out west to Los Angeles, our hearts will forever remain in the Windy City."

For those of you who don't know where I stand, to me, Chicago is bittersweet. No city can compare with its lakeside which resembles a sea and its breathtaking skyline, a combination of soft skies and sharp architecture. The culinary scene is rapidly growing and there is always somewhere to go and people to meet. Summertime Chi is an adult's youthful dream. But, the party only lasts for three short months. You can cuddle up inside a bar with a hot cider in the winter, but when you step outside, you are reminded of a harsh reality. Daily commutes in below zero temperatures or a foot of snow, make it difficult to leave your apartment in the morning. However, when you decide to step up, and out into the icy wind, you feel stronger...valuable...worth more, knowing that you didn't give up. Each neighborhood has personality and city dwellers are lucky to be submersed in a diverse culture. I have always felt safe in Chicago. The streets are easy to navigate and there is a unique sense of community, as if everyone there is part of an important moment. You can be Homesick For Chicago, even when you are in Chicago. I think this is why many people who grew up in Chicago, leave, and come back. People are curious about places with warmer weather, a saltwater beach, mountains to hike, or a simpler life. Chicago is tough and it's not for everyone. But, if you like the challenge, you will be back. Whether, it's to live or just to visit! I am already nostalgic for its eclectic environment. I lived in the city for five years and grew up an hour south, but my heart has been drawn to the Pacific North West. I too crave a simpler city, surrounded by elevated nature. No matter where I end up, Chicago is my first home. The city has shaped me into adulthood. I am prepared and I am proud of where I came from.

Be sure to check out the absolutely stunning footage of Chicago in Underscores's Aerial Film, Homesick For Chicago!

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Written with love,
Ari