I took a walk down a street I had walked down many times before. It was the same, but completely different. This time I felt like an explorer in the wilderness. Walking along busy north Michigan Avenue with a Where Are We Going group, I saw everything I had seen before — buildings, cars, neighborhoods, and people — but this time, I was seeing them all in a totally new way.
The weather was chilly, but the sun shone as our group began the tour by marveling at the bits and pieces of history planted in the exterior of the Tribune Tower. Our guide from Chicago Detours told us about Chicago history I’d never heard and pointed out building details that I never noticed before. I was amazed to see, understand, and think about the hidden treasures and the rich history of Chicago — a history that most people walk over, around or past each day without a second thought. This new Chicago is part of me now, and I doubt I’ll ever look at the city the same way again.