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There are several places I’ve officially “visited,” despite the fact that my time there consisted merely of a few hours wait in the airport during a connection: Tokyo, for instance, and Seoul. Last week, I went to Chicago to attend the BlogHer conference, and while I’d wanted to visit the Windy City for years and years, the most I saw of it, unfortunately, was during my journey to and from the airport, when I leaned out of the cab window, craning my neck for a glimpse of Sears Tower, the cafes and boutiques I’d been urged to visit in Wicker Park, and maybe, just maybe, a spare slice of deep-dish pizza, which–if you can believe it–I still have yet to try.

I could tell you all about the conference center or my hotel room, though.

Blogging is an ever-evolving proccess, and I found that the conference–while it meant that my days were spent sitting in panels and sessions rather than searching out the John Hancock Center–was an eye-opening experience into the medium, particularly as it pertains to travel (and that is, after all, why The Window Seat is here.) Moreover, I discovered some excellent new blogs–well, new to me, anyway– and talked the ear off the bloggers who write them. It was fantastic to meet everyone I spoke to.

If you have suggestions on what you’d like to see on The Window Seat in the next few months–features on particular destinations, perhaps, hints and tips about travel in general, or maybe even podcasts and videos–please do let us know, either in the comments section or via e-mail. We want to know what you want to hear about!

Meanwhile, I’ll be over here booking another trip to Chicago–and I’ll be staying longer than two days, this time.




It’s too bad you weren’t able to make like Ferris Bueller and take a free day to explore Chicago. And you must try deep-dish pizza very soon. Until you’ve tried the deep dish, you do not know the heights to which pizza can go.


I know what I want (thanks for asking!)

Can you guys do those “Where in the World is This?” contests with a picture? The winner could get gnome swag or even a promo code for travel. Maybe once a month?

Glad you had fun in Chicago. I love blogs, but my Boomer parents are always like, What’s a blog again? Is it like an email? How does my iPod work again? Did it eat my CDs?


May, that’s a great idea! Thanks so much for the suggestion — I’ll be sure to pass it on. I bet a travel promo code would be pretty popular — although, who knows, the Gnome swag might win out; he does have a big following!

Regardless, great suggestion.


I would love lists…like a list of must pack for international airflights….a list of must pack for cruise ships….a list of best finds for travel, suitcases, earphones, laptop cases, clothes, etc.


As a former Wicker Park/Bucktown resident, I’m so glad to hear that you are heading back to Chicago!

Exploring everything the city boasts could take weeks, but be sure to experience a Cubs game, The Art Institute (MCA is great, too) and the Bucktown boutiques. Oh, and Piece Brewery has the best pizza in the city. It’s actually thin crust, but soooo good.

Thanks for introducing me to this website. I love it!

Ms. T

What about some info on volunteering abroad? Any recommendations on locations, organizations, etc? Just a thought.

Love the blog!


I would love experienced travelers recommendations on travel to exotic locations on a budget. For instance, we did a tent and sleeping bag 8 day safari in Kenya (with 3 nights at a really nice hotel to relax before going home) for a great price. The real benefit? We had a private guide/driver and a private cook. No group tours for us. Of course the lion 1 foot outside out tent made it very interesting.

Heather B.

Ooh yes! A list of what to pack for international flights would be good. Though every time I go on one, I end up ok, but still I like a list. Also planning an international trip. Like tips on how far in advance one should book things, etc. Actually I’m mostly concerned with the latter as of late. So any suggestions in that department would rock.

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