Today's guest post is brought to you by the adorable Rachel of Things I've Seen and Heard. (You can learn more about her in her Geek of the Week post.) Thanks so much for doing this, Rachel!
Greetings from Chicagoland!!!
Hello Chocolate and Cream Cakers! I am honored to be writing a post for Mandy—she has been a wonderful blog friend and I hope I can live up to her nerdy-awesomeness.
First let me introduce myself! My name is Rachel—coffee drinker by day, comic artist by night. I just spent the last year with the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, VT (more fondly known as Toon Town). I had some amazing experiences there but needed a change, so I recently moved back to the midwest—the great Chicago, IL—and have been loving EVERY MINUTE of it! So I wanted to share some of this love with all of you (and some nerdy stuff too ... this is Mandy's blog afterall ... )
I live in a neighborhood called Logan Square, 6 miles / 10 minutes from Downtown. It's nice, quiet, really affordable for a poor artist like me, with great coffee and restaurants and unique little shops.
(Small Bar and Logan Square Farmer's Market)
I'm also surrounded by GREAT comic shops (which is one of the many reasons I moved here :) There's Chicago Comics, Challengers, and more, and of course the infamous Quimby's, located in Wicker Park.
I have only been in Chicago two months and I'm pretty sure I've already spent over $100 there. How can I resist? They have an entire wall of self published zines and mini-comics! HEAVEN!
It's also nice being able to see my friends' work there, like Joseph Lambert and Blaise Larmee.
Around the corner from Quimby's is a really great coffee shop called The Wormhole—which I like because it is both delicious AND nerdy (and really cute boys work there ...)
And I had to throw this in, just for Mandy. :)
There's lot's of other amazing places too, like The Boring Store, a "secret agent" supply store run by 826 (you should check out that organization, its pretty rad) and the popular Empty Bottle, a music venue and bar where I've seen some amazing musicians.
And I know what you're thinking—where are all the skyscrapers? Well now that I live here I'm really not much of a downtown tourist, but I still love the historic architecture and the busy sidewalks. I spent the day last week walking the Magnificent Mile with a friend and we went to some of the highlights, like Millennium Park.
In the winter there's ice skating here—I can't wait to go this year!
For lunch we went to the The Billy Goat Tavern, made famous by the classic SNL skit.
And then walked along the Chicago River.
And hey, did you know that this year is the 25th Anniversary of Zelda? The Chicago theater is featuring a symphony in celebration! I'm totally dressing up as Link for Halloween this year.
And maybe to the symphony too ...
Well friends, that’s all I have for now. Hopefully I’ll be able to explore so much more that this city has to offer and be able to share some of my adventures in the future.