22 Sep, 2013 in Chicago
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Since having moved to Hong Kong I can’t help myself but visit the China towns in places I visit across the world. Most North-American cities have a large population of Chinese immigrants with a lively China town and I find it absolutely fascinating how culturally enclosed those neighborhoods usually are and how those stand in […]

21 Feb, 2013 in Chicago, Itineraries
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Chicago is perhaps one of the nicest urban surprises I’ve had in recent years. Coming in for a conference visit I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect but Chicago has far exceeded any expectations I had. May provided me with perfect weather to enjoy all that Chicago has to offer – wonderful urban …

3 Feb, 2013 in Chicago
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It’s only a small museum, compared to some of the other wonderful options you have in Chicago, but it’s one worth a quick mention. The Chicago Museum of History has a few interesting exhibitions about the history of this surprisingly city. I must admit that prior coming to Chicago I knew very little about this […]

21 Jan, 2013 in Chicago
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To balance the last two visits to contemporary arts museums (Boston & Taipei), here’s a wonderful arts museum in Chicago. I visited this museum following a very pleasant and informative skyscraper architecture tour that left from across the street from the arts institute. From that tour, the first thing a visitor notices about the museum […]

14 Jan, 2013 in Chicago
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The first thing I did after arriving in Chicago and putting down my things was to head over to the lake-side and stroll along the lake towards the city. My lovely host family were located at the adorable boys-town East Lakeview, only two blocks away from the water and so I was there within minutes, […]

16 Sep, 2012 in Chicago
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Chicago has exceeded all my prior expectations. I must admit that when I first heard that APS was in Chicago I was a bit disappointed – somehow my vision of Chicago was distorted by all the dark movies and TV series I’ve seen about the city. I’m so glad I took the time to overstay […]

4 Sep, 2012 in Chicago
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If you’re thinking – not another zoo, just hold on – this Chicago Lincoln Park Zoo is worth mentioning for a number of reasons. It’s public and therefore free, being part of the larger lovely Lincoln Park, it’s one of the oldest zoos in the nation, and it’s a very pleasant zoo to walk through. […]

15 Aug, 2012 in Chicago
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In Chicago? Then you have go check out some of the local Chicago blues bars to get a taste of the world famous Chicago blues music.   Completely unexpected, I was taken to two different blues bars on two different occasions – once, by a lovely American Taiwanese living in Chicago, and the …

11 Aug, 2012 in Chicago
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One of the more charming neighborhoods I had the pleasure of visiting while in Chicago was Wicker Park, vaguely familiar to me from scenes of a movie that goes by that name. Luckily for me, a lovely & enthusiastic Couch-Surfing host was kind enough to tolerate my company and lead me through the streets and […]

3 Aug, 2012 in Chicago
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Mayors everywhere, watch and learn – this is how you create urban cultural icons. Cloud Gate, or "The Bean" if you’d like, is one the most creative choices I’ve seen for public art in a public space (with all due respect to the odd Picasso statue). Any way you look at it, it’s special, unique, […]

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