Last week I teased you, but this week’s the Big Reveal. Today you’ll learn what my Blogging From A to Z April Challenge theme will be!
So, did you figure it out?
Here were my hints…
It’s not Harry Potter…
But there are a lot of gargoyles…
And a lot of abstract art…
Have you figured it out yet?
That’s right: I’m covering Chicago from A to Z this year!
Chicago is my hometown (or, anyway, close enough), so I’ve got a lot of fond memories of the city. And since April is the month where all the ice and snow typically melts into Spring there, meaning that Chicagoans can actually come out of their lairs and explore again, I figured it’d be a nice way to spotlight some of my favorite places throughout the city – as well as some places I’d like to explore if/when my family ever moves back to the area.
Since I actually grew up in a suburb of Chicago (Elmhurst, to be exact, for those who are familiar with the western suburbs), most of the things I already know about the city itself are on the touristy side, so I’m also excited to research more of the things that interest me as an adult – like the city’s literary scene, including authors past and present, as well as the art, music and foods that are practically synonymous with Chicago.
There will, undoubtedly, be a mention of deep-dish pizza. And Chicago-style hot dogs. And Italian beef. And, okay, I’ll stop before I give all of my blog topics away!
But I also hope to uncover some gems you didn’t even know existed in Chicago, and to go beyond the old “Windy City” moniker to get at the heart of the question: What makes Chicago so goddamn special?
Yes, that was a twist on a line from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – which will also feature prominently in my A to Z. After all, I must’ve watched this hometown tribute about 30,000 times as a kid. One of my class field trips to the Art Institute even got lost looking for the “Ferris Bueller painting.” (Even then, I knew it was actually called “Un dimanche après-midi à l’Île de la Grande Jatte,” and had been painted by Georges Seurat. That’s what happens when you study French in high school – at least in fancy suburbs of Chicago.)
Oh, and if you guys have any suggestions for the letter Y, please leave them in the comments – so far I’m stuck!
I hope you’ll enjoy joining me on this year’s A to Z journey. Until April 1, please amuse yourself by browsing through my previous A to Z adventures – or even buying a book – here!