It was a few days before the Fourth of July when I arrived to "Taste Chicago". I planned to eat at the Taste during the days, and then check out a few restaurants in Chicago at night. Unfortunately, with the Holiday weekend coming up it was tough to find an open reservation at most of the places on my list, so I ended up getting creative where I ate and in the end had a lovely time. Growing up in a small town in Oklahoma, I dreamed of growing up and living in New York. When I got to visit Chicago as an adult for the first time, I assumed that this would be what New York would be like and I loved it. Then I went to New York and although could appreciate what it offered, it did not have the same charm as Chicago.