Last week Chicago celebrated its 185th birthday!

Chicago is the nation's third-largest market according to the 2020 Census with a population of over 2.7 million people.

Chicago Has A Negative Stereotype

Let's face it, if you pay attention to the news, there is a negative image of Chicago put out by the media.

Of course, I lived in Chicago during President Obama's tenure in office and what made me chuckle every time I would watch the nightly news is reporters would compare the proximity of his house, to the ensuing violence, as if he had something to do with it.

For example:

"The shooting occurred just 8 blocks from President Obama's home"

What is highlighted is the violence that occurs in some of the neighborhoods and not the overall city.

Evey U.S. city has violence and killings, so I feel it's my duty to attempt to clean up the image of my hometown for those who may want to visit the nation's third-largest city.

 

Chicago Has Tons Of Tourists Attractions

Don't let what you read in newspapers and hear and see on TV cloud your image about the Windy City.

There are tons of things to do in Chicago specifically in the downtown area.

You have the Magnificent Mile known for its stores and shopping, thousands of people including tourists frequent the area daily.

There's the infamous Chicago Bean (I still don't know the purpose of that thing), but tourists love it!
There are amazing views along Chicago's lakefront and I think it's one of the few cities that has a beach with sand in its downtown area.

Let's take a look at some things to do in downtown Chicago, should you decide to visit at some point this year.

This is just a snapshot:

 

Here's An Astonishing Look At Downtown Chicago For Texans Who Want To Visit


Last week Chicago celebrated its 185th birthday!
Chicago is the nation's third-largest market according to the 2020 Census with a population of over 2.7 million people.

Chicago Has A Negative Stereotype

Let's face it, if you pay attention to the news, there is a negative image of Chicago put out by the media.
Of course, I lived in Chicago during President Obama's tenure in office and what made me chuckle every time I would watch the nightly news is reporters would compare the proximity of his house, to the ensuing violence, as if he had something to do with it.

For example:

"The shooting occurred just 8 blocks from President Obama's home"
What is highlighted is the violence that occurs in some of the neighborhoods and not the overall city.
Evey U.S. city has violence and killings, so I feel it's my duty to attempt to clean up the image of my hometown for those who may want to visit the nation's third-largest city.

Chicago Has Tons Of Tourists Attractions

Don't let what you read in newspapers and hear and see on TV cloud your image about the Windy City.
There are tons of things to do in Chicago specifically in the downtown area.
You have the Magnificent Mile known for its stores and shopping, thousands of people including tourists frequent the area daily.
There's the infamous Chicago Bean (I still don't know the purpose of that thing), but tourists love it!
There are amazing views along Chicago's lakefront and I think it's one of the few cities that has a beach with sand in its downtown area.
Let's take a look at some things to do in downtown Chicago, should you decide to visit at some point this year.

 

Here Are 10 Cool Central Texas AirBnB's You Should Check Out

If you are curious about what kind of Airbnb rentals this area has to offer take a few minutes of your time and check these out!

I was on Airbnb's website last week booking a place for relatives who are coming to visit and ran across a few really cool spots in Temple, Belton, Killeen, and Salado.

 

Wow! What I Saw When I Turned Left Inside Buc-ee's In Temple, Texas [PICS]

As the saying goes... everything's bigger in Texas.

Having said that, I've never seen a gas station with more than 50 gas pumps.

Then I visited Buc-ee's.

What is Buc-ee's?

If you don't know or have never visited the popular one-stop highway shop that has over 35 Texas locations in Texas, you need to!

You can get everything in Buc-ee's from gas, to keychains to candles to brisket to goat milk soap and everything in between.


Buc-ee's Has Expanded

According to their site, Buc-ee's, not only has multiple locations here in Texas, they have expanded to southern states like Georgia, Alabama, and Florida.

The World's Largest Buc-ee's Coming Soon

Later this year, Buc-ee's has plans to open "The World's Largest Buc-ee's" located in Sevierville, Tennesse. It will have 120 fuel pumps, a 250-foot car wash, and 74,000 square feet of indoor shopping.
Yikes!

I've Never Turned Left

In almost 7 years, I've been here in Texas, I've never turned left when I went inside a Buc-ee's.

I either walk straight to the bathroom or turn right to get water or gummy bears or chocolate almonds. (I get the same thing every time)


But yesterday, I decided to turn left and (I know I'm late) I was mesmerized!

For starters, I never had a reason to turn left.

I've visited the one in Waller County, Bastrop, and the Temple location.

Every time I've visited Buc-ee's, I've never had a reason to go "shopping" always a bathroom break and then back on the road.

So here are some of the cool things I saw when I turned left at Buc-ee's in Temple, Texas!

 

4 Youth Football Teams Dominating The CTX

Texas has always been known for football and these Centex teams is keeping the hype alive in our community.

From football camps to team building these organizations are going over and beyond to build strong athletes who succeed on the field and off.

If you are looking for extracurricular activities for your child, checking out these teams are a great start.

Kuddos to all of the coaches, volunteers and parents who help these amazing organizations thrive.