OCT 23, 2015 – I was surprised by the warm weather when I arrived in Chicago. Even though it is called the Windy City, it was much warmer than Detroit, where I had needed my jacket most of the time. When I walked through Millennium Park and looked back at the skyline, I got my first impression of Chicago’s amazing architecture. The park itself played an important role in that, with its art installations that interact with the skyline, and a climbing wall that fits perfectly into it. I spent a lot of time walking and biking around, and enjoying the look and feel of the city. Since evenings with my host and with other CouchSurfers had kept me away from Detroit’s nightlife, I wanted to make up for that, so I went to see a theater show and a musical, both of which I liked. The “Million Dollar Quartet” with impersonators of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins was the shorter of the two shows, but probably the more memorable one. After the theater night, I went to Kingston Mines, where good blues music was played even on a weekday. My CouchSurfing host worked late, so I was still able to spend time with him after these cultural events. All in all, it was an intense couple of days, but I left with a very positive impression of a city that I hadn’t known what to expect of.