Life in Chicago

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Welcome to Life in Chicago!

Hi Everybody!

My name is Sarah Corcoran and I created this blog to chronicle my new adventure as I start my life over over in the big city of Chicago.

I am 40 years old and starting over after getting divorced from my husband of 10 years. I am originally from a small town in Ohio, so Chicago is a big move for me, but I am thrilled for a fun filled adventure in the big city!

I will share my adventures here in these pages as I explore the vast expanses of this beautiful city.

Feel free to comment and share your experiences as well, so that I can learn my way around and make the most of my time here.

My Visit to Millennium Park.

Sign in Millennium Park

Even though I now live in Chicago, I am still very much a tourist and I love to visit the tourist attractions in the city. Today I spent a good part of the day in Millennium Park and all I can say is “WOW!”.

I don’t know what I was expecting, but this park is spectacular!

I love the way that it is surrounded by high rises and then open to Lake Michigan. It is truly not to be missed.

What is Millennium Park?

According to WikipediaMillennium Park is a public park located in the Loop community area of Chicago in Illinois, US, and originally intended to celebrate the second millennium. It is a prominent civic center near the city’s Lake Michigan shoreline that covers a 24.5-acre (99,000 m2) section of northwestern Grant Park. The area was previously occupied by parkland, Illinois Central rail yards, and parking lots.[1] The park, which is bounded by Michigan Avenue, Randolph Street, Columbus Drive and East Monroe Drive, features a variety of public art. As of 2009, Millennium Park trailed only Navy Pier as a Chicago tourist attraction and by 2017 it had become the number one tourist attraction in the Midwestern United States. In 2015, the park became the location of the city’s annual Christmas tree lighting.”

It is a spectacular display of art and greenery in an urban setting.

I was amazed at the number of people out in the park on this beautiful spring day!

Working Out in Millennium Park

Here you can see people working out in the park. This likes so much fun! I am definitely going to try Yoga in the park!

Chicago Bean

This is known as the Chicago Bean and is just one of the incredible works af art that you will see in the park.

As you can see, it is a huge attraction and it has to be one of the most photographed things that I have ever witnessed.

Everybody had to take a picture!

Map of Millennium Park

Here is a map of the park that shows you where everything is located. The great lawn is where the large crowd was doing yoga.

The Lurie Garden was just spectacular this time of year!

Having grown up Ice Skating, I can’t wait for the winter when the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink is open!

Great Lawn

Here is the great lawn at Jay Pritzker Pavillion after the Yoga workout had left. It is such an awesome gathering spot!

Sign in Millennium Park

I absolutely loved Millennium Park and I will be back many times to spectacular oasis in the middle of urbanity. There is so much going on here all the time. From festivals and parties to people just hanging out and enjoying the breezes off the lake.

If you are in Chicago and looking for a place to spend the day, Millennium Park has to be on your list!

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza at Giordano’s!

So when I told people that I was moving to Chicago, they said – “You have got to try Chicago Deep Dish Pizza!”.

Last night I went to the famous Giordano’s Pizza so that I could try the famous deep dish pizza.

I didn’t have a reservation, so needless to say, I had to wait about an hour for a table. Once I was seated,  I was informed that a deep dish pizza is at least 40 minutes of prep time!

What??? This must be some pizza!

I ordered a salad to enjoy while I waited and it came relatively quickly and it was very good, but the anticipation of the Chicago Deep Dish Pizza was killing me.Giordanos Salad

I consider myself a people watcher, so I amused myself with watching the other patrons at Giordano’s while I watched numerous deep dish pizzas go by.

Ok, now I’m really getting hungry!

So, while I am sitting here waiting for my pizza, I am doing some research on my phone about Giordano’s Deep Dish Pizza. Apparently it is a stuffed deep dish pizza that originated in Italy as an “Italian Easter Pie” and became quite famous. As I am watching them go by to other tables, I notice that the sauce is on top and they are very thick. The other patrons seem to be enjoying them immensely and my mouth is watering!

Just as I was about to give up…

It arrived!

Giordanos Deep Dish Pizza

OMG! That is a lot of dough!

By this time, I had been here for almost 2 hours and had only eaten a salad, so I was ready to dig in!

The pizza was very good and incredibly filling, but I think I prefer the thin crust.

There was no way I was going to eat the whole thing, but I put a pretty good dent in it!

Giordanos Stuffed Deep Dish Pizza

I don’t think I have ever eaten that much cheese in one sitting in my life!

Maybe it is because I am not yet a native Chicagoan, but deep dish pizza just isn’t my thing.

If you come to Chicago, you have to try Chicago Deep Dish Pizza, just to be able to say that you have tried it and Giordano’s should be on your list!

My New Obsession – Matcha!

Sawada Coffee

I met a friend of mine the other day at Sawada Coffee, a coffee shop on North Green Street. I was planning on having a Latte to boost my energy and enjoy while we talked.

Well, my friend ordered a matcha green tea. I had never heard of matcha before, so I asked her what it was.

Turns out, matcha is a green tea powder that has amazing health benefits and its caffeine is tempered and there is no crash or jitters.

I am always up for trying new things, so I ordered a military latte which id matcha latte with some expresso and chocolate.

All I can say is… WOW!

I felt so good the rest of the day. I seemed to have this clear focus that I had been lacking for so long.

Military Latte

When I got home that night, I googled matcha and found all kinds of awesome information about this amazing superfood. I found the best website for clear concise matcha information was matchaconnection.com. They have awesome information on the best matcha brands and where to buy it as well as information on the health benefits of matcha and more. Highly recommend it!

So now I not only go to the coffee shop for matcha latte, but I also make matcha green tea at home. I just can’t get enough of the stuff! I love the way it makes me feel,so energized and clear headed.

Yes, I am obsessed!

I used to start my day with a cup of coffee and by noon I was starting to drag and feel tired, but since I have switched to matcha, I feel focused and energized all day long

I’ve already turned a bunch of my friends on to matcha and I even got my mom hooked!

The next time you are out at a coffee shop in Chicago and you see matcha on the menu, do yourself a favor and try it, but I am warning you, you may like it… A lot!