It crept up on me. July 2 came and went with no fanfare. It was my 10 year anniversary of living in Chicago. I remember pulling up to my apartment 10 years ago fresh from college looking forward to my first adult job and life in Chicago. I was all shiny and new. I didn't know if I was up for life away from friends and family in the big city. But I was up for the challenge. I wanted to see everything and go everywhere. I couldn't believe the first time I was on Lake Shore Drive. The city and lake views were amazing--just like in the movies. Sometime over the last 10 years, Chicago lost its mystique and simply became my beloved home. I'm a believer that it's important to take time to acknowledge and events in your life, no matter how big or small. That's why I decided to take a day (although after the fact) to celebrate the life I've built for myself in Chicago. It'll be just me and my city. Maybe, I'll even take a drive along Lake Shore Drive.