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A Taste of Chicago

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A Taste of Chicago

VOA News Learning English
2 September 2015

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Soft breezes blew throughout the Windy City today. We welcomed the winds, as it was another hot day in Chicago. But it was a beautiful summer day with a blue sky.

Chicago is a great city for eating, and we have enjoyed tasting the different foods. Last night, we tried one of the city’s most famous foods: deep-dish pizza. Chicago claims credit for the rich and cheesy thick-crust pizza, covered with a sweet tomato sauce. We topped it with olives and green peppers.

Today, we enjoyed a Polish specialty at lunch: Pierogis, an Eastern European dumpling-like dish, filled with foods like potatoes, cheese, mushrooms, cabbage and meat. Polish immigrants started settling in Chicago in the 1850s, and the city has one of the largest Polish communities in the U.S.

We took a break from exploring the city to talk with some of you! Ashley and Caty logged onto Skype for an on-the-road version of TALK2US. We spoke to an English teacher in Dakar, Senegal, and a graduate student in Kashmir.

Meanwhile, Adam searched for some locations around the city to shoot some video. He chose a spectacular spot: Navy Pier, Chicago's most-visited attraction. The winds from Lake Michigan keep visitors cool, and the view of the Chicago skyline never fails to impress. In, fact, the view made one of us head over heels!

Our time in Chicago has come to an end. Tomorrow, the true journey begins, as we pass through Illinois and into Missouri via Route 66. Springfield, the home of Abe Lincoln, and St. Louis, the “gateway to the West,” await us.

Words in This Story

breeze - n. a gentle wind

spectacular - adj. causing wonder and admiration : very impressive

head over heels - idiom. very much in love with someone or something. (literally: turning over completely in forward motion, as in a somersault.)

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