Author: Nilani Thiyagarajah

Nilani Thiyagarajah is a freelance writer and editor in Chicago, Illinois. Nilani enjoys exploring the Windy City whenever she has free time. Having grown up in Cincinnati, Ohio, she enjoys seeking and finding all of the best-kept secrets that any area has to offer. Nilani loves traveling and learning about new cultures and plans to do a lot more of it in the coming years!
Where to Stay in Cincinnati (Best Neighborhoods & Areas)

Where to Stay in Cincinnati (Best Neighborhoods & Areas)

Wondering where to stay in Cincinnati? Whether you want to watch a game at Paul Brown Stadium, spend a day wandering Eden Park, or go to the Cincinnati Art Museum, there are plenty of areas and neighborhoods to stay in Cincinnati, OH. I grew up in Cincinnati, and I’m excited to help you choose where…

Is Chicago Safe for Travel? (Honest Local Advice for 2022)

Is Chicago Safe for Travel? (Honest Local Advice for 2022)

If you’re planning a trip to the Windy City, then you may be asking yourself, “Is Chicago safe for travel?” There are many reasons to visit the cultural hub of the Midwest region, but with Covid-19 and Chicago’s crime statistics, there are some things to know about safety in Chicago before you go. Never fear,…

Is Cincinnati Safe? (Honest Guide for 2022)

Is Cincinnati Safe? (Honest Guide for 2022)

Is Cincinnati safe? It’s a legitimate question if you’re planning to visit Cincinnati, Ohio soon, and there are some things you should know before you go. Statistically speaking, Cincinnati has a higher crime rate compared to other cities in the area. However, most of the crime is concentrated in certain neighborhoods. But never fear –…

Driving in Chicago for Visitors | Rules, Tips, & Info [2022]

Driving in Chicago for Visitors | Rules, Tips, & Info [2022]

Worried about driving in Chicago during your upcoming trip? It’s a common anxiety – Chicago is a big bustling city with tons of traffic and driving nuances, after all! Driving here can be a challenge, but there are many options. Many visitors elect to exclusively use public transportation and taxis, but there are advantages to…

20 Best Museums in Chicago [A Local’s Favorites in 2022]

20 Best Museums in Chicago [A Local’s Favorites in 2022]

Looking to visit the very best museums in Chicago? Chicago, IL has many amazing museums with a ton to offer visitors of all ages and interests. Having lived in Chicago for five years, I’ve visited a ton of Chicago museums and know that they are some of the top attractions in the Windy City. The…

14 Best Chicago Beaches in 2022 (A Local’s Ultimate Guide)

14 Best Chicago Beaches in 2022 (A Local’s Ultimate Guide)

When you think of Chicago beaches, stretches of glistening sand might not be the first thing that spring to mind. But rest assured that the beaches along the splashing shores of Lake Michigan make for a great summer vacation destination! Of course, Chicago beaches are seasonal and you won’t get the same experience during the…

Best Time to Visit Chicago | Local Tips on When to Go (2022)

Best Time to Visit Chicago | Local Tips on When to Go (2022)

The perfect time to visit Chicago is between either April and June or September and early November. You might prefer to visit the Windy City during other times of the year, but these are the times that appeal to most based on optimal weather, crowds, and things to do. In my five years living here,…

Where to Stay in Chicago, By a Local (Best Areas & Places)

Where to Stay in Chicago, By a Local (Best Areas & Places)

Wondering where to stay in Chicago? Then you’ve come to the right place! There are plenty of great options for areas and places to stay in Chicago as it’s such a vast and action-packed city. But where you choose to book your accommodations should depend on what you plan to do and see – with…