Over the years people from all over the world have made Chicago their home, leaving a legacy of huge cultures and diversity.
There are considered 77 different neighbourhoods
. I will only attempt to visit a few, some I'm told you would not want to go near for fear of your life, but many others offer a huge array of things to see and do.
One of the great things about the city is its walk-ability, very rarely found in cities and towns across the US. However Chicago is a sprawling mass spreading out from the lake like one of its famous snow storms, north, south and west.
The suburbs, in my experience don't contain a lot of excitement. Very drab and flat countryside, cookie-cutter town homes, restaurant chains, ball parks and highways. There are some exceptions though - Evanston, Hyde Park and Oak Park are all steeped in natural beauty and architecture.
So, I will stay pretty close to the city and won't cast my net too far. As I was there recently with my camera I will begin with Bucktown.