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My Kind of “Towns”

9 Oct

While many people we know have two homes, Len and I like to say we have two towns, Chicago and Cortona, each of which we fondly call home when in residence. Although this blog tends to be mostly about Italy or things Italian, for me, there is a great connection between Chicago and Italy.

Chicago is the city that all of my Italian ancestors emigrated to long ago. While we are not 100% positive, it appears that my paternal great-grandmother was actually born in Chicago around 1870.  Courageously, and at very young ages, the rest of my grandparents made their way from Italy and settled in Chicago, a city they all grew to love.

I feel the same way about Chicago. I especially love showing it to first time visitors who always seem surprised by the friendly smiles and the beauty of the city on the lake. And although we are often known for cold and windy weather, October has given us the most magnificent autumn days with, as the weatherman said last night, 100% sunshine.

The history that separates Cortona and Chicago is over 5000 years…hard to beat those Etruscans! Yet for a “young” city, Chicago has deep and diverse cultural roots. Over the years, it has not only preserved its architectural glory but added to it in a way that makes Chicagoans proud.

To all who read this, whether you are a Chicago regular or have not yet visited, and especially my friends in Italia, I do hope you’ll enjoy Chicago someday. It is very different from Cortona, but a difference worth experiencing. In the meantime, I’ll share the city with you through some incredible technology. (Many thanks to my brother-in-law Vince for sending to me!)

So, when you have a few minutes, about six to be exact, get a glass of vino, click on the link below, then sit back and prepare to be wowed by Max Wilson’s two-year photographic journey:

Chicago Timelapse Project: Windy City Nights

A still from a six-minute time lapse of Chicago at night from Wheaton photographer Max Wilson. Source:

Windy City Nights by Max Wilson

Grazie, Max. Incredible!



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