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Destination Next – Chicago, Ill


I’m impulsive–right???

Those who have followed me for a while know this about me. Well–impulsive me is about to sign a 6 months lease on an apartment here in downtown Chicago. This place is BEAUTIFUL. The views–breathtaking. The neighborhood urban but quiet. I saw two coffee shops in the immediate vicinity, a grocery store on the other side of the park and I was told Target is on the other side of something they called the Ped-tunnel (I probably got it wrong–but it’s a tunnel you walk through to get to Target! 🙂 )

Anyway… I’m in the city this weekend. I like the city–not love it. It’s still an anomaly to me. I’m still trying to figure it out. It’s very different. As far as I can see there are no hints of L.A. here and that’s not a bad thing at all. I was just telling one of my friends that I think it’s a good thing. I’m uptight and demanding but very laid back about it–that’s LA… They’re laid back but busy. It’s more like L.A. in the way that there’s a mixture of ages. But not in the way that the people here are perfectly content with say… eating at a table alone–enjoying their solitude in public. No banging on the computer or plugging away on their cellphone or reading on a device… They are content with just sitting there, eating and living in peace. I like that. A lot. But I’m still trying to figure it all out. Maybe I will in 6 months. We’ll see and you’ll be one of the first to know…

Oh, and I love the gothic architecture that intermingles with the modern. One look and I thought the city was a bit ostentatious. Especially with the revolving doors in every building. And then I ask the guy at 7-Elevn, what’s up with the revolving doors… He said they install them because of the wind. He didn’t like being asked. And he was like “you’ll be okay…” Rude. He said this to my back. I was done after he answered the question That’s one thing–they don’t like questioned or criticized about their way of life. They seem quick to get defensive. But I’m L.A. which means I don’t give a care… In that way, I’m good for them… LOL! Some people call us fake because of our ability to smile and move on–but it really is the process of not letting ourselves be affected by someone we’re never going to see again. It may have something to do with hardly ever seeing the same person twice. I mean, I used to frequent a Trader Joe’s in Westchester and I don’t think I’ve ever seen one shopper twice.


But I’ve learned something recently while being faced with writing the next book in LOVE in the USA series… I can’t reject one extreme by being the extreme of the opposite. There’s a middle ground. The normal middle… I think that’s what Chicago is… This middle that I didn’t expect it to be! It all came about so naturally–Daisy and Belmont solidifying their bond here in the “normal” city… 🙂 I’m learning something–changing in this process… I love it!

Now PLEASE don’t let me run into any male types that may have seen me naked a handful or ten handfuls of times while living in L.A. Which is one reason I’ve been avoiding this city. Like I said, in LA you it’s rare that you run into anyone twice–even someone who’s seen you naked (unless you call each other and make plans to see each other–clothed or otherwise)… Hopefully the same applies here.

So here’s the view from my hotel room–6 months in Chicago here I come!

Much Love.



Z.L. Arkadie is an indie author of romance fiction. So far she has published 40 books--and there will be many more! Z.L.'s stories are addictive, smart and always sexy.


  • victoriawarren

    What the heck is wrong with me?!?! Why am I just now reading these? I’m not getting my notifications??? = Talk about a face-palm moment! Well Chicago IS beautiful! Cold but beautiful! You did have an awesome view!
    We will be in the city again tomorrow. Isabels first college visit! The temperature is supposed to be 70s. Finally, that was a LONG winter!
    You will like it more in the summer! I promise! Anyway, talk later. Vic

    • Z.L Arkadie

      Hi Vic! 70’s is huge leap from when I was there last so please ENJOY! 🙂 I just got in from NOLA today! The weather was perfect and if course the city found some kind of party to hold–French Quarter Festival! OMG… it was so HARD not to get sidetracked… One can get lost in that city… all day long… lost… 🙂 Hopefully Chicago has a little of that 🙂 Have a ball! This weekend!I hope Isabel finds what she’s looking for! 🙂 Z!

      • victoriawarren

        It was a beautiful sunnny day! It actually reached 80 degrees today!! That’s a far cry from the cold weather just a couple of weeks ago! No scarfs needed today! And the traffic was much, much better. 🙂 The French Quarter sounds like so much fun! I haven’t ever been to NOLA. Maybe someday.
        I dint think Isabel found what she wants quite yet, but I think she is well in her way to finding it. She loves Chicago. Now if she can just talk her dad into not moving to her dorm with her. Lol Hes very protective of his only girl. Haha!
        Hope the writing is going well.
        Talk to ya later. Vic

        • Z.L Arkadie

          Yay! 80 degrees in Chicago sounds like a lot of fun! LOL!!! After he gets over the initial shock and she gets through the first year, he’ll probably let go A LITTLE. LOL! It’s so great that you’re letting her go discover the world. It’s going to make ALL the difference 🙂 Congratulations to both of you for taking your children this far! It’s a lot of work and a lot of sacrifice, and the HARDEST job in the world. And I’m not just repeating a cliche… It actually is.

          Oh, you have to take a few days off and visit NOLA. That city is the real deal. It is SO fun, even when you’re not trying to have, it’s fun. Like when I go to Vegas, the energy of that city makes me antsy. I can’t sleep there. There’s something uneasy about that place. But NOLA is exciting! You can feel it around every corner. My favorite place is the Southern Candymakers on Decatur Street. OMG. 🙂

          The writing is going better… sigh… It was stupid of me to go to New Orleans to get some writing done. Ha! I guess I lived and I learned! LOL!

          Have a wonderful weekend! Talk soon! Z

          • victoriawarren

            I want my kids to experience everything and not regret a moment. From the time they were very little, I told them that they should think of something they love to do. Something they would do for free, every day, and find a way to make money doing it. I think they’ve listened. They are four of the most unconventional children. They for sure don’t fit in the mold of rural raised kids.
            I have been to Vegas once. I didn’t care for the energy. Most people I know love it. I can name a hundred places I would rather be. Through our entire Route 66 drive, a whole week of cheap hotels, Vegas was the only one where I found a cockroach…:( yuck! It was actually the “nicest” one we stayed in too! I’ll take that New Orleans advise! Seems like a very mystical, supernatural place.
            I’m digging into season three of Game of Thrones tomorrow. Last day of my staycation, I’ve been working in the yard all week. So I’m gonna take it easy.
            Night 🙂

          • Z.L Arkadie

            LOL!!!! I know, right??? Vegas is SO overrated. NOLA is real. It’s entertainment value exists to warm your soul… Vegas is not so deep and it’s seedy. It’s anything goes carnal. If you’re an intuitive person, you’ll feel it. It will blast you like dynamite. If you’re not, then you can easily enjoy the dancing fountain at the Bellagio, the roller coaster at New York, New York, the shows and all the other nice attractions. But that seediness is in the air…

            Oh, and I just watched last Sunday’s episode of the Game of Thrones yesterday. I’m just waiting for Joffry to die! Like dude… he has GOT. TO. GO. LOL! I think I’ve been waiting for his demise ever since the start of season 2. And ahhhh… I can’t wait to say, “I’ve been working in the yard all week long.” 🙂 Have a wonderful night as well! Z

          • victoriawarren

            Haha! I agree Joffry Must Die! Lol And you’ll say that until you have to do it! Haha! We’ve got just over 2 acres and its a little overwhelming. :~ I need a little yard with things you dont have to prune/trim or cut, ever! Like rocks! Lol

  • julia blake

    Wow, I haven’t been on your site in a while, and I find that you’re moving to Chicago! I love that you move around the way you do so that I can travel vicariously with you. I hope you enjoy Chicago. I’m sure it will be a great adventure.


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