CHI-TOWN Part 1: Go Ahead and Pull a Ferris

Words by Filip Terlecki    Photos by Filip Terlecki & Peter Calak    Illustration by Joshua Budich

When it comes to visiting the U.S. a lot of people overlook the home of the Hawks, the Bulls and da Bears…Chicago.

It seems that New York (and, if you’re a senior citizen, any place in Florida) is all the rage. But Chi-Town, as it is commonly know, is definitely worth a visit. It’s got amazing buildings on every corner, a breathtaking waterfront, a really cool concert stage right in the middle of the city, a shiny big bean, and for a limited time, a giant statue of Marilyn Monroe from The Seven Year Itch.

Photo: FT

Photo: Peter Calak

Chicago also has a ton of Polish people. In fact, there are more Poles in Chicago than in any other city in the world outside of Poland’s capital, Warsaw.

In the next few posts we’ll shed some light on a few of the attractions that make the city so great (including some Polish gems).

Although for many, what makes Chicago très cool is Ferris…

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, the classic 1986 coming-of-age teen comedy about a wise guy who skips school to enjoy life in the big city is set in Chicago and was directed by Chicago’s adopted son John Hughes (Sixteen CandlesPlanes, Trains and Automobiles, The Breakfast ClubPretty in PinkWeird Science) 

Artist: Joshua Budich

If you’ve never seen it go ahead and watch it…we’ll wait.

So, why don’t you pull a Ferris and skip a day or two from school or work and visit Chicago. You won’t regret it. To motivate you, we’ll let him offer these words of inspiration…