Ohio to Chicago – a journey on the Megabus

By , April 12, 2010 8:54 am
Glenn Mc Bride

Glenn Blogging Chicago

Funsherpa sits down with Glenn McBride, the blogger behind And Then What, to learn his experience of moving into Chicago, the eccentricities of the locals, and his travels on the treacherous Megabus.

F: What cities have you lived in?  How do they compare to Chicago?

G: Chicago is the first “major” city I’ve lived in. I was born outside of San Francisco, moved while I was very young to Pennsylvania and moved again to Northwest Ohio before I started first grade. Really, I have no memories of anything pre-Ohio. As for how Ohio cities compare to Chicago, I guess the biggest difference is Chicago has “things” while Ohio does not. Seriously, Ohio has nothing.

F: What eccentricities have you noticed in local Chicagoans?

G: The thing that strikes me more often than anything is just how much Chicagoans know about Chicago. I know that might sound strange, but I lived in the same city in Ohio for over 13 years and I still didn’t know much about it. Maybe it’s the storied history of this town that breeds a certain civic pride or maybe it’s just more interesting. Chicagoans know their stuff.

F: You seem to have taken the Megabus a few times, do you have any ‘dream’ Megabus trips?

G: To be fair, my ‘dream’ Megabus trip would be not taking the Megabus. It’s a way to travel when your options and resources are low, but it’s no luxury. If I could plan a trip with the Megabus to my own specifications I would do a few things to make it more enjoyable: 1.) Only my friends would be on board, I’m tired of sitting next to odd strangers. 2.) I would knock out six rows of seating to increase the leg room. 3.) I would set the course for Milwaukee. Why Milwaukee? Well, it’s close enough to drive in under two hours and it’s Milwaukee. Who could argue with Milwaukee?

F: If you were to project yourself 5 years in the future, what blog articles will you be writing about Chicago?

G: Hopefully one’s that pay well. But really there are three things I would love to be able to write about on a consistent basis with a decent audience: travel, sports and culture. I love going to new places and recounting the voyage. I love following almost any sports action and giving my two cents. And I love discussing culture and adding my inane views into the mix. If in five years I was focused on any of these three I would be happy. More importantly, I hope I am not writing about the CTA. There is nothing interesting or entertaining about the CTA. Nothing.

F: Are you indifferent between The Cubs and The Sox?

G: My sports allegiance will remain with Detroit for as long as I live, or until Detroit gives up on being a city, whichever comes first. With that said, the Tigers and White Sox are bitter enemies. I hate the White Sox. Add this to being able to see Wrigley outside my apartment window and the choice is even clearer. Maybe I’m the final piece the Cubs need to make their championship run. Or I just jinxed them for another hundred years. Who knows?

F: What are your favorite bars and restaurants in Wrigleyville?

G: Wrigleyville will never run out of restaurants to try or bars to lose yourself in, that’s for sure. People complain about the bar scene down on Clark and the surrounding areas, they say the clientele are all the same and it’s like a frat party. Well, as a relatively recent college grad, I don’t mind this…yet. I will admit that most of the bars blend together and seem pretty similar.    Restaurants, on the other hand, are as distinct as they are tasty. My personal favorite is Vines on Clark. On Mondays, when the Cubs aren’t playing, all food is half off! Do yourself a favor and check that place out.

F: Are there any other neighborhoods in Chicago that you particularly like?  Why?

G: Every neighborhood has its charm. It all depends on your mood. Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, wherever, you can find good and bad things about all of them. I love the fact that Chicago is so diverse and has distinct, separate areas. Sometimes, thought, I think the whole neighborhood thing gets blown out of proportion. People will argue about which is the next up-and-coming place to live or where the artists are grouping or where the best food is. It’s all Chicago, you know, it’s not as if these places are like foreign countries. The similarities are much closer than the differences.

F: What crazy things do you plan to do in Chicago this summer?

G: This will be my first full summer in Chicago and I hope it’s filled with plenty of excitement. Crazy things? I would like the do some kayaking, maybe in the river. I’ll be spending a good portion of my time training for the Chicago Marathon throughout the summer. I guess that’s pretty crazy, right? Maybe I’ll skydive. Who knows? Chicago has limitless opportunities. No need to plan it all out now. The truly crazy comes out of spontaneity.

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