Last weekend I took advantage of the opportunity I had to go to Chicago alone. This may seem like a scary experience for some people, but as long as you do it right, it’s actually a rewarding one. By being by myself, I was able to really take in every thing the city has to offer and appreciate its natural beauty. If you live in the Chicago Suburbs, I would highly recommend trying this if you ever get the chance! But first, here are some tips:
Choose the right day and time.
- Pick a day that isn’t going to be cloudy and gloomy (unless you’re into that)
- Go when the city won’t be completely empty, it’s not safe to walk alone during those times
- Check the weather and be prepared
- Wear comfy shoes
- Not a suitcase obviously, but I brought a water and a portable phone charger
Take the Metra.
- Very affordable
- Don’t have to worry about finding parking downtown
- I find train rides enjoyable because I can just listen to music and read a book on the way
- You’re probably going to need to take a cab at one point, always pay with cash
- Listen to music while you’re walking
- I found that this helped me concentrate more on myself and my thoughts
- For safety reasons, whenever you feel like you’re in a “sketchy” area, ditch the music
- Pick your favorite place to eat
- Eat outside if you can
- I went to the Shake Shack on Michigan Avenue and sat outside by myself, with my food. I thought I would feel weird about it, but it was actually kind of nice being able to admire the view of the city while I ate and listened to music.
- Fully take in the city and enjoy every minute you’re there