Before arriving in
Interestingly enough, I think the picture of this taxicab sums up the reality entire experience:
After this ten minute cab ride, I quickly adapted my original assumptions of “culture” to fit the reality of my visit to
So, in reality, my cultural venues had more to do with the true “nature” of Chicago and less to do with the history and art that I had originally surmised. In fact, I probably learned more about the Chicago culture in those few choice interactions and moments than I would have at the museums and historical landmarks. I was able to get in touch with the people in the present where they lived their lives: shopping malls, recreational games, and local bars.
And in the end, the joke of it all is that the venues don’t matter and the culture is a moot point because it’s all about the journey! No matter what we did or what we saw, we were living the dream. It turns out that the Party Cab that we stumbled upon had the only message that we needed to find in Chicago. And we found it! It’s all about the journey! Don’t ever forget it!