going west



In one week I will wake up in a city that owns a piece of my heart: Chicago. This time around will be very different. I'll be staying in a hotel downtown, not in a college dorm or with friends, my mom and my sister will be with me and the good friends I'll be seeing are also just visiting. I feel like I'm a completely different person than I was three or four years ago, and my perspective on a lot of things has changed. When I lived in Chicago I hadn't yet fallen in love with NYC, Berlin and Tokyo. I hope I still like it as much as I once did. Speaking of NYC, we're going there too! I can't wait.

I'm eager to go thrifting in both these cities so I'd love to know if you know of any good flea markets and thrift/junk/second hand stores (I'm not interested in carefully curated and expensive vintage shops, but the kind of stores where you have to dig through piles of kinda gross stuff to find the gems)! Café and restaurant suggestions are also very welcome.

Om en vecka vaknar jag upp i en stad som äger en bit av mitt hjärta: Chicago. Den här gången kommer mycket vara väldigt annorlunda. Jag ska bo på ett hotell downtown, inte i en collegekorridor eller hos vänner, min mamma och syster kommer vara med mig och de goda vänner jag ska träffa är också bara på besök. Jag känner mig som en helt annan människa än för tre och fyra år sen och mitt perspektiv på olika saker har ändrats en hel del. När jag bodde i Chicago hade jag ännu inte blivit kär i New York, Berlin och Tokyo. Jag hoppas jag gillar det lika mycket nu som jag gjorde då. På tal om New York, vi ska dit också! Jippi!

Jag är väldigt nyfiken på vad det finns för secondhand-utbud i de här städerna och tips på bra loppisar och secondhandaffärer (inte dyra vintagaffärer utan typ Goodwill och liknande) är väldigt välkomna! Även café- och restaurangrekommendationer mottages tacksamt!


  1. have so much fun! i really hope you like it as much as you did when you were living there beforehand.

    if you're interested in things to do, i know vivian maier (photographer) had an exhibit there earlier this year, and perhaps still has some work up. she's a pretty awesome street photographer, and in think her work shows quintessential chicago!

    i can't wait to see your shots from your visit this time around...! :)

  2. Oh I've always wanted to visit Chicago! Hope you have a great trip! Can't wait to see photos from it :)

  3. Ha så roligt, jag tycker mycket om Chicago. :-)

  4. How wonderful! I just arrived back in London from New York today! It was as New York always is- amazing! I found this very cool thrift store in NYC- http://vintagethriftshop.org/ Check it out! x

  5. That puddle picture is beautiful! I hope you have a great time!

  6. The Housing Works thrift shops in NYC are always fun to browse. They are not super junky, but it's all for a great cause. http://www.housingworks.org/locations/category/thrift-shops

  7. I live in the suburbs of Chicago! I'll be very excited to see how you capture it!

  8. Lucky you ! can't wait to see your photos :)

  9. There are a lot of Village Discounts in Chicago and they are exactly what you described -- lots of digging with potential for gems! http://www.vdoil.com/stores.php Hope you still love it! It's my home, so I'm biased, but it's one of the best cities out there! :)

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  11. Lucky! I know you'll have a ton of fun!

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  13. Annie, Jennie, Molly, NYFronks: thank you! I'll be sure to check out those shops.

  14. I just got back from Chicago! Some places I really enjoy going there:

    Longman & Eagle - fantastic food, great bar, peek on their website and you'll see their incredible hotel rooms
    The Wormhole is a coffee shop I just found out about but really like the vibe/drinks
    The Boring Store is always great, and Quimby's of course
    there are a couple of great exhibits at AIC and MCA, definitely worth checking out
    I went to the Garfield Park Conservatory and really liked it.
    didn't make it to Lula Cafe this time, but it was w-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l last time I went

    I don't know if you read Lottie & Doof, but he has a great guide to Chicago restaurants there.

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