With the weather being the way that it has been lately a common question I have heard people say, and have said myself is: “Why do I choose to live here?!” Yes, the weather sucks outside, more right now than normal, unless you are a Polar bear, this might not be your ideal climate. I want to focus on Illinois’s redeemable qualities.
First off, the most obvious reason, Illinois has Chicago. If you live in the area and have not visited Chicago yet, I really do not know what you are doing with your life. Chicago is so much fun, it might be a bit pricey, so not really an every day thing for a college student, but once and a while it’s defiantly worth it. It has everything that anybody could want. It has Navy Pier, Millennium Park, a beach (which might be sorta lame right now when it’s 25 degrees out but it’s still there), a zoo, wonderful restaurants, theaters, concert venues, and so much more, all compacted into this wonderful city that you can easily spend a day there without being bored for a moment.
I know that when I can see the Willis Tower, that is pronounced “Sears”, I know that I am home.
On the contrary, if you haven’t been to Southern Illinois yet, you need to go. Take a drive south on the highway and get off in a super small town. Me and some friends got rid of the maps and GPS’s for a while and just drove out there and discovered this little town called Mark where only 500 people live, and it was absolutely gorgeous. We found this basketball court and looked at stars and you could see all of them. You cannot do that anywhere near Chicago. It is defiantly a sight to see.
Illinois is a wonderful place when you really think about it. Any place is great actually, it’s really what you make of it. So stop complaining about the crummy weather and find some good friends and make the best of it that you can. You can enjoy Illinois just like any place else, you just have to wear a few more layers.