The Midwest Knows Best

Chicago and its people are like a $25 steak cooked medium. Expensive in taste, but not overpriced. Always classy. Full of tradition.

Despite being the third largest city in the United States, Chicago runs at a comfortable pace. Parts of it are slow enough for young couples to raise children. Other parts of it are sprawling with twenty-somethings looking for a new bar or the latest festival to check out. Either way, the city is tailored towards a diverse group of people, all of which value a hard week of work as much as a relaxing weekend.

This summer I lived right outside of Chicago, in a suburb called Deerfield, and was given the opportunity to intern at Discover Financial Services. Surrounded by like-minded college students at the company, I explored Chicago at will, taking every chance to go downtown and see new parts of the city. When not fighting wind or rain storms, a perfect day in the city is spent wandering throughout one of the museums (my favorite was The Field Museum), grabbing deep dish pizza at Giordano’s, kayaking down the Chicago River, and finishing off the night in a lively neighborhood such as Lincoln Park.

Chicago Cares Serve-a-thon

Chicago Cares Serve-a-thon

A highlight for me was celebrating my 21st birthday at the Michael Jordan Steakhouse. It’s safe to say that the steaks there are as good as Jordan was in the fourth quarter.

21st Birthday

21st Birthday

At the end of the day, my time in Chicago was not marked by the places I saw, but by the company I was with when seeing those places. I was able to form meaningful relationships with other college student interns from Indiana, Illinois, Arizona, and Georgia, all while working for an organization that valued their employees.  Great cities are few in number, and great people are hard to come by. I was lucky enough to find both this summer.