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3 Reasons why Chicago should be your next getaway

Shakiyla is the author and creator of the blog I Wanna Be Fierce.  The Brooklyn Native enjoys writing about fashion, beauty and lifestyle topics. 

Why you should travel to Chicago — and it's not just the pizza

If I asked you what comes to mind when someone says Chicago, you'd probably answer deep-dish pizza, Chicago hot dogs and the Windy City. Your answers would be 100 percent spot-on, as Chicago offers all of those things — and so much more. Yes, more!

The "more" made me fall head first in love with the city while on a getaway to Chicago earlier this month. I know, you're probably thinking Chi-town doesn’t exactly seem like an ideal place for a getaway, but it’s certainly a city you should experience very soon.

Why you should travel to Chicago — and it's not just the pizza
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3 Reasons you should visit Chicago:

1. The Architecture will leave you speechless

Why you should travel to Chicago — and it's not just the pizza
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Gaze on the Chicago skyline to experience art in building form. The attractive skyline filled with a variety of designs and intricate carvings is in a league of its own. The beauty of the city doesn't stop there. Art spills out onto the streets and parks of downtown Chicago, where some of the most amazing sculptures are on display. In other words, be prepared to take some of the best selfies ever.

2. Chicago has more to offer than just pizza

Why you should travel to Chicago — and it's not just the pizza
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Don't even try to escape pizza while in Chicago. Pizza is embedded in the culture, but Chicago's restaurants have so much more to offer. Slurping Turtle offers Japanese Comfort Food, like its amazing ramen and duck-fat fried chicken. Yes, it’s as amazing as it sounds. Stan’s Donuts and Coffee originates in Los Angeles but now calls Chi-town its home. Please believe me when I say you will not find another donut that will compare. Just in case you need another dose of convincing, they also serve gelato. I can't forget The Violet Hour. The Violet Hour is styled as pre–prohibition era bar. At first glance it looks like a boarded-up, abandoned building, but once inside you are introduced to some of the most creative spirits you’ve ever tasted.

3. The public transportation gets five stars

Why you should travel to Chicago — and it's not just the pizza
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I'm a Brooklyn girl, born and raised, so I know a thing or two about public transportation. Trust me when I tell you, Chicago is one of the cleanest mass transit systems I’ve ever seen. Granted, I was only there for four days, but a lot can happen in four days. I see you CTA, looking all sexy in the transit world.

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