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Hi, I'm Lauren! Native Chicagoan, budget traveler, and language enthusiat currently teaching English in Madrid.

I love all things about travel and culture, so that's what my blog is all about. I just want to encourage people to go beyond the boundaries of their own comfort, be it the other side of the tracks or the other side of the globe.

Ciao, Chicago is a resource for any and everybody, but I have especially kept in mind people of color and the underrepresented narratives of our experiences abroad!

Did you know I also make natural hair and travel related YouTube videos? Click the photo below to check out my channel. If you find anything you like, be sure to subscribe and share!

For any questions, suggestions, or offers of collaboration, email lauren @