Car cuts you off? “It’s Chicago!” ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Man nearly punches your travel partner before he can finish saying “I like your outfit!” to him? “It’s Chicago!” ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Dodge wannabe Lance Armstrongs and moseying passerbys near the waterfront? “It’s Chicago!” ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Ask a stranger to take a photo of him in his hammock with a beautiful backdrop and then become friends? “It’s Chicago!” ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Meet an extremely pleasant baristo* who describes himself as “comedian/leprechaun”? “It’s Chicago!” ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Said baristo invites you to an underground improv/standup show called “Shithole” in an attic behind a burrito restaurant? “It’s Chicago!” ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Attempt to juggle a soccer ball, lose interest, begin reading a book, and then look up in a tree to see your travel partner waving down at you from 40 feet up? “It’s Chicago!” ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Inebriated stranger stumbles past you on the sidewalk at 8:00 pm? “It’s Chicago!” ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Uber driver refuses to speak? “It’s Chicago!” ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Crush at Super Mario and Pinball at a beercade** while drinking Elderberry Cider? “It’s Chicago!” ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Sing karaoke for the first time?*** “It’s Chicago!” ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Bartender buys you free Malört shots after hearing about your cross-country road trip? “It’s Chicago!” ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Spend less than 24 hours in a city but fall in love with it? “It’s Chicago!”                   ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Special thank you to our wonderful and generous host, Stuart, who was the inspiration behind this post. Thank you so much for showing us around an incredible city.

*Male barista. I might’ve made it up but it should be a thing if it isn’t already.
**Bar/arcade aka the greatest idea ever.
***I sang “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon and “Who Knew” by Pink, if you were wondering.

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