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Very cold and sooooo much traffic and lights and s - 1/21/2011
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KJ
Wheaton, IL

To be honest I have been here just short of a year. But there is sooo much traffic,even in the suburbs. And this is the only city I have ever had men flip me off for not moving my car fast enough out of their way or even calling out,"Are you f---ing stupid or what?" for not seeing their SUV come at me while I was walking across a parking lot to a store. I love hiking and know how to bundle up and layer but the cold and wind is truly forcing me to stay indoors for most of the winter as it blows right through everything you wear. The housing is very expensive as is the cost-of-living. I came from another city but was so surprised to find so little green space here and such an abundance of shops, strip malls and more shops. And there is more light pollution in the suburbs than I've seen in any other city. My friend says to give it time but he also says he is out of here in 2 1/2 years when is medical residency is up.

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re: Very cold and sooooo much traffic and lights a - 1/26/2011
I am sorry you had a bad experience, you probably crossed paths with some lout who was having a bad day, a worse day than usual. Unhappy people have lots of bad days. Remember you are living in a huge metro area which covers at least 2500 square miles and has a population of 10 million. There is a lot of "green space" if you know where to look. Go to google maps and just study the Chicago area maps to become oriented to the metro area. Look for the Forest Preserves. Do not go solo to any out of the way areas. As for the cold, the layering is a good idea and here are some more ideas: Go online or to the right store and find yourself a really good pair(top & bottom) of women's thermal underwear. Start with a couple of men's tee shirts in your size then put on the thermal top over those and one or two pair of thermal bottoms and then layer yourself up from there. A wool shirt and wool pants help stop the wind. Use some king of wind-stop or wind-breaker material also, if you need. Use really warm mittens...they're warmer than gloves. If neccessary get a real winter hat with ear flaps, you must stop the cold wind from blowing in your ears. Just another month or so and it will slowly start to warm-up. By the Ides of March, it won't be too bad! Then think of all the fun you can have at all the summer festivals in Chicago.


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bill
Chicago, IL

Dangerous City - 7/29/2014

I've lived in Chicago over 25 years and now I can't wait to leave. Chicago is broke and Mayor Emanuel has cut the police force, particularly in the nicer neighborhoods. The criminals know this and prowl the nicer neighborhoods looking for easy targets. The Mayor says crime is down, but what is actually happening (as reported in Chicago Magazine) is the police under report crime, sometimes just outright to right up reports. Also, the Mayor puts a lot of pressure on the newspapers and TV stations to not report crime that happens here. I live in a doorman building for safety and don't go out past 10pm.

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Frank
Chicago, IL

chicago - 7/23/2014

Chicago was and is a great city, True we have political coruption, we pay high taxes, we pay more then anyone else for gas, oil, electric, and now water, true we have great schools, Art, Theatre, And of course we have dramatic weather changes..but lets be honest..so does the Dekotas.... We have great parks, great food, and a sence of community.. But we are plagued by crime and coruption...But if you look at our history we always have been a corupted town.. Our Mayors, Police captains, union officials have always been corupt, at one time it was a joke we all use to laugh at, except now..it has gone to far...Maybe someday the normal working class of this town will wake up, and vote to help the people not the political party that runs this place..maybe someday the people will gather in front of city hall and demand change, maybe someday all races will try and live in peace after we kick out the drug lords, gangbangers, and corrupted city alderman who just want to use our money as there own personal credit card..all we can do is hope that change will come... it did a couple of time in this city..maybe it can happen again

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Jim
Homer Glen, IL

Crime - 5/6/2014

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ChicagoCarol
Chicago, IL

My Kind of Town - 4/10/2014

47 years ago, I came to Chicago for the first time to visit my aunt, and I never left! I immediately felt at home and absolutely loved this city! Chicago has a fantastic Planetarium on the Lake Front; the longest stretch of public lake front beach anywhere in the Country, first class museums, incredible cultural activities, first class universities, and in a nutshell, everything New York has to offer, but less expensive. On the negative side, housing has gotten very expensive for what you get; state taxes have gone from 3% to 5%, and our mayor, Rahm Emanuel, wants to raise property taxes again. Our state is deeply in debt due to a pension crisis, and the winters are incredibly brutal from January through March. When I came here, jobs were extremely easy to get; not so today. Chicago has a heavy unemployment problem, and the jobs that open up are generally minimum wage jobs. So, if you're looking for a job, I would advise you NOT to come to Chicago to compete with all those who are still out-of-work from the Great Recession. The crime has always been bad here in certain parts of the city (e.g., the South and the West sides). Now even the south suburbs are crime-ridden. The North side of the city is the safest but also the most expensive. I am so glad that my working years are almost finished. Because of the horrendous winter weather here, I will be relocating to a better climate upon my retirement since I won't have to worry about finding a job wherever I go to. Chicago has been good to me, but I'm kissing it off now along with so many other baby boomers who have already left or are planning on retiring elsewhere.

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voltairine
Chicago, IL

world class city & costs, for the 1% only, expect - 3/23/2014

I've lived in/around Chicago my entire life. At 46, I think I've signed my last lease in this area and I'm looking to leave. The cost of living here is always rising, but wages have not, jobs are scarcer, and the middle class is shrinking because the city is becoming increasingly the realm of the 1% -- us other 99% are screwed. Politics in Chicago has always been corrupt, graft is inherent and ingrained, not just here but the entire state. The Democratic machine has less clout than ever, but don't be fooled -- the so-called "progressives"/"liberals" have a horrible NIMBY attitude which results in every unfavorable plan or idea being pushed on the working class people and neighborhoods, and the Republicans that are around are just as "connected" and just as much part of the machine as the corrupt Dems. (They wouldn't be elected otherwise.) You can't be in politics here and NOT be corrupt -- it's how things are done, in Chicago and in Illinois. 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Pros: It's a beautiful city with beautiful architecture, fantastic skyline, largest public waterfront in the US with fantastic bike/walking path, logical city plan (once you know the grid system, you can find your way any where), a beautiful parks system (probably half of which are unfortunately in ghetto areas), lots of culture (from rock, blues, jazz, symphony, opera; museums; art galleries/museums; aquarium, planetarium, etc.), very culturally diverse, ethnic cuisines from all over the world (and very authentic), and people from all walks of life, also now a 'gay mecca.' Lots of great hole in the wall joints for ethnic food, music, art, spoken word, etc. and decent clubbing. If you live anywhere in the upper midwest/Great Lakes states, and you can't afford to/don't want to go to NY or LA, Chicago is the big smoke for you (especially if you're gay) -- this is where you come. 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It's a kinder, gentler and much gayer CPD than ever before -- and yet still ineffectual, and only quick to respond in affluent, white areas with vocal complainers. If you live in a transitional or poor neighborhood, don't expect them to respond quickly or at all, not just because they're ineffectual but because they are overwhelmed by criminal activity and stupid/drunken/drugged behavior on a constant and ongoing basis. The city is increasingly aimed at tourism and transplants to the detriment of the life long city dwellers -- and yet even the tourists and transplants are not safe from flash robs in tourist areas like the Gold Coast and lakefront. Rental market is very, very tight due to all the foreclosures of not only single family dwellings (homes, condos) but also multi-unit buildings. It is a landlord's market and you will pay very high rents for tiny, crappy apartments. Of course, you can find cheaper apartments, in crappier neighborhoods with higher crime and worse transportation options (whether by car or public transit). Yes, we have great museums and cultural events -- but who can afford them, besides tourists, transplants who won't be staying, and the 1%?? I haven't gone to Taste of Chicago in years because it's over-crowded, insanely expensive, parking costs an arm and a leg, and gang bangers show up in droves. Don't forget the luxury taxes added by City of Chicago for everything from concert tickets to movie tickets. A movie will cost you $10-12 standard 7-7:30pm start time, and you're paying $10-12 to have ghetto/barrio residents talk and use their cell phones during the movie or dealing with their uncontrolled, unsupervised, thug-in-the-making brats. The CTA public transit system is f-ed up with the new Ventra cards, the cost to pay is outrageous, and services are always being cut with fewer buses trains or stations closed from midnight to 5am. Traffic is horrible if you drive; ten years ago they were saying we were in the top 3 worst commutes in the US, and it's only gotten worse. Gas prices here are among the highest (often THE highest) in the USA (!), thanks to the extra taxes levied by the City of Chicago and the State of IL. Sure we've got beautiful public lakefront and lots of it, but beware the muggers and flash robbers who look for joggers/cyclists. Anywhere you want to go, parking will be exorbitant thanks to the horrible deal ex-mayer Daley made with the privatized company that took over all the parking meters, and that contract is good for the next decade, you think the prices will ever go *down*? Hell no. 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The amount of trash and filth is incredible in the evenings, and feeds a huge and growing population of rats (endemic since the 1800s), raccoons, and coyotes. People often don't clean up after their dogs (yuppies as well as ghetto clowns), and many just open their doors and let them run around with no leash. Yeah, we've got universities, all with tuition that has gone up 400% more than earnings, so good luck paying for your education these days. Jobs are scarcer, and many businesses have left the state due to increased costs (also labor costs due to unions). Many that are still here employee barely literate overwhelmingly minority civil servants (um, the County buildings, many city buildings, many public institutions, schools, etc.) who are rude, entitled, lazy and incompetent. If you aren't a racist when you come here, you will become one by the time you leave. It's weird to be nostalgic about the old Chicago, when it was more dangerous, crime-ridden and dicier. And yet everything that was great about it, was better then, and was more affordable to the average Joe, from the free days at the museums and zoo/aquarium/planetarium, to the affordability of the ball games. What's great about Chicago now has been priced out of affordability for the average person, and that (especially) includes the hard working, blue collar, working class people/minorities who increasingly struggle to get by. They know better than anyone else that Chicago has become a city only for rich white people. If you're white, you may be fooled into thinking you can make it here, when you get here. But unless you're the 1% white, you'll know by the time you leave Chicago that all it has to offer isn't intended for you. At all.

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C
Chesterton, IN

Corruption and Crime (the co-joined twins) - 3/18/2014

Do not consider moving to the Chicago area. Just visit to experience the multitude of activities that are here. Then leave. High property and sales taxes, incessant crime and a culture of corruption made possible by decades of entrenched Democratic Party zombies make this a poor choice for a homeowner and someone seeking a good quality of life. The high taxes (state income tax doubled under the Democrats two years ago) have driven businesses and jobs away from Illinois in droves (good for the businesses...they voted with their feet). People bitch about the cold winters here, yet they believe in the global warming hype. Go figure. (Al Gore has not been seen here lately).

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marisa
Chicago, IL

moving out of chicago a.s.a.p!!!! - 3/9/2014

I HAVE LIVED IN CHICAGO ALL MY LIFE AND I DO AGREE THAT IT HAS BECOME EXPENSIVE TO LIVE HERE. THESE POLITICIANS ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR WAYS TO NICKEL AND DIME YOU! IN 2014 WE HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT SPEED LIMIT AROUND SCHOOLS AND IF YOU DON'T GET FINED FOR THAT YOU WLL BE CAUGHT BY THE SPEED LIMIT CAMERAS TO WORRY ABOUT! THE BOTTLE WATER IS TAXED @ 5 CENTS PER BOTTLE AND THE STATE TAX @ 9.25% PLUS CITY TAX OF 2.25% IS ABSURD! IF YOU WANT TO PARK DOWNTOWN THE PARKING FEES ARE BETWEEN 3 - 10 MINS PER QUARTER DEPENDING THE LOCATION YOU ARE AT. THE CRIME IS OUT OF HAND AND IT DOES NOT MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE CRIME WILL COME TO YOU ON A BUS OR TRAIN!.. THE WEATHER THIS YEAR HAS BEEN TERRIBLE,AWFUL, AND PLAIN DISGUSTING, UNLESS YOU ACTUALLY LIKE BONE CHILLING COLD WEATHER THEN THINK TWICE ABOUT MOVING TO CHICAGO! AFTER LIVING HERE FOR 42 YEARS, I AM READY TO GET MY FAMILY AND I THE HELL OUT OF HERE. FINALLY, YES THERE IS THINGS TO DO HERE BUT WHEN YOU HAVE A MILLION PEOPLE TRYING TO PARK AND GO TO THE SAME EVENTS IT BECOMES VERY IRRITATING AND BELIEVE ME IT IS NOT CHEAP TO GO TO ANY EVENTS PARKING IS USUALLY 15-20 DOLLARS PER CAR PLUS THE TICKETS AND FOOD!!!

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KJ
Wheaton, IL

Never move here - 3/9/2014

I wholeheartedly agree w/ Terrance's viewpoint(1/9/14). Chicago is a miserable place to live-I lived there for 3 1/2 years,met a few great people, but for the most part it is not a friendly town. The temperature extremes from winter to summer will leave you gasping for air. Chicago is rated 8th in the nation for obesity. If you love to shop and eat,and battle horrendous traffic, then this may be the place for you. If you like to lead a more interesting, and varied life, with some semblance of nature, and nice people around you-go elsewhere!!! Even my best friend turned rude and arrogant and nasty once moving here. It's not a nice city-go elsewhere...you have been warned!

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Lawrence
Chicago, IL

Good for some, bad for many, worse for many more. - 2/27/2014

I was born and raised in Chicago, and at this point I am all too eager to get up out of this stinking cesspool. The politicians are very greedy and self serving, the prices on essentials and amenities, the crime, the taxes? They rise steadily every year. The quality for neighborhoods, the amount of decent jobs, the safety factor? Diminishing like clockwork. One thing I've noticed about life is that it is what you make it. Plenty of people in this city thoroughly enjoy their lives. They make enough money to live in the prestigious neighborhoods, they can go to the supermarkets/co-op marketplaces and buy the freshest foods. Blah blah blah you get where I'm going. These people were either very very lucky, very determined, or both. Almost everyone else has to deal with hoodlums, low paying jobs, high prices on subpar goods and services, high taxes of which the funds are regularly mismanaged, politicians who serve themselves and their buddies first and the list goes on ad infinitum. There are so many problems which could be fixed, but our ruling class would rather this city become detroit 2.0 so I would rather move to where such things are virtually impossible. One place I have my eyes set on is Fargo, North Dakota. It's amazing to say the least. Major cities are not supposed to be like this. Needing special talents and skills to enjoy your life. Being connected just to enjoy not getting beaten and shot to death by people who couldn't manage their money or had no parents. Massive tax rates on everything, and jobs which are being snatched up by immigrants. Politicians who not only steal your money or purposely waste it, but advocate for the destruction of your personal rights. Move to Seattle. Move to Indianapolis. Move to Portland. Move to Fargo (I'll see you there) or even move to a suburb if you still can't get enough of the abuse that Illinois as a whole inflicts upon it's citizens. My recommendation? Just move. Move. Those of you who can, must get up out of this festering pile of feces known of as the city of Shitcago.

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Terrance
Oak Park, IL

CHICAGO - 1/9/2014

Expensive,over-crowded,bitter cold winters,high taxes,good food,small apartments

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Rachel
Chicago, IL

Why I am ready to relocate from Chicago... - 1/6/2014

Chicago is a great place to live if you meet or exceed the cost of living standard. I do not meet that standard therefore, I live in an economically depressed area, which is crime ridden and unsafe to raise my son. The weather is atrocious. Today, the temperature is -14 with a windchill of -30 the school system in my area is subpar at best. I work 9 to 5 everyday and can't afford to truly live a comfortable lifestyle and that's just unacceptable. Oh yeah and taxes and gas prices are ridiculous so that pretty much sums it up...

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Susan
Chicago, IL

Chicago - 9/1/2013

Great place for theater, music, and so many choices for dining out.

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ANTHONY
Oak Park, IL

ITS ALL A, LIE ! - 8/25/2013

THIS IS GOT TO BE THE WORSE ,PLACE I' EVER LIVED IN! CHICAGO,IL, THE WORSE, MOST UNFRIENDLY PEOPLE ! THEY ARE VERY EVIL THINKING ! AND VERY STUPID ! AND SELF CENTERED! IF YOU WANT TO LIVE A, LIE IN LIFE THEN MOVE TO THIS COMMIE POLITICAL CORRUPT CITY ! YOU WILL PAY FOR EVER MOVE YOU MAKE IN THIS CITY ! THE POLICE ARE ARROGANT AS THE DAY IS LONG !THIS CHICAGO, CITY, REALLY REPRESENTS BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING ALL THE TIME ! AND JUST TO GIVE YOU AN IDEAR, WHAT IS GOING ON IN THIS CORRUPT POLITICIANS ,DREAM COME TRUE WORLD !EVEN THE POLITICIANS CARRY GUNS BUT YOU AS A, LEGAL CITIZEN ! ARE NOT ALLOWED TO ! WHY I'THINK THE CORRUPT POLITICIANS THINK YOU WILL SHOOT THEM ! IF YOU ARE ALLOWED TO LEGALLY CARRY A, GUN,ON YOU ! WHY WOULD YOU SHOOT,THEM ?? BECAUSE OF ALL THE STEAL THEY ARE DOING TO THE AMERICAN CITIZEN,TAX PAYERS !THEY CAM CARRY A, GUN! ITS LEGAL FOR THEM, COMMIE SCUM BAGS UN,AMERICANLOW LIFES TO DO ! BUT YOU CAN NOT ! SO AGAIN WHATS SO GREAT ABOUT SHIT HOLE COMMIE UN,AMERICAN SCUM CHICAGO! ANWSER NOT A, FXXXXX EN THING! THATS WHAT ! SO TAKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK

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ANTHONY
Oak Park, IL

ITS ALL A, LIE ! - 8/25/2013

THIS IS GOT TO BE THE WORSE ,PLACE I' EVER LIVED IN! CHICAGO,IL, THE WORSE, MOST UNFRIENDLY PEOPLE ! THEY ARE VERY EVIL THINKING ! AND VERY STUPID ! AND SELF CENTERED! IF YOU WANT TO LIVE A, LIE IN LIFE THEN MOVE TO THIS COMMIE POLITICAL CORRUPT CITY ! YOU WILL PAY FOR EVER MOVE YOU MAKE IN THIS CITY ! THE POLICE ARE ARROGANT AS THE DAY IS LONG !THIS CHICAGO, CITY, REALLY REPRESENTS BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING ALL THE TIME ! AND JUST TO GIVE YOU AN IDEAR, WHAT IS GOING ON IN THIS CORRUPT POLITICIANS ,DREAM COME TRUE WORLD !EVEN THE POLITICIANS CARRY GUNS BUT YOU AS A, LEGAL CITIZEN ! ARE NOT ALLOWED TO ! WHY I'THINK THE CORRUPT POLITICIANS THINK YOU WILL SHOOT THEM ! IF YOU ARE ALLOWED TO LEGALLY CARRY A, GUN,ON YOU ! WHY WOULD YOU SHOOT,THEM ?? BECAUSE OF ALL THE STEAL THEY ARE DOING TO THE AMERICAN CITIZEN,TAX PAYERS !THEY CAM CARRY A, GUN! ITS LEGAL FOR THEM, COMMIE SCUM BAGS UN,AMERICANLOW LIFES TO DO ! BUT YOU CAN NOT ! SO AGAIN WHATS SO GREAT ABOUT SHIT HOLE COMMIE UN,AMERICAN SCUM CHICAGO! ANWSER NOT A, FXXXXX EN THING! THATS WHAT ! SO TAKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK

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ANTHONY
Oak Park, IL

ITS ALL A, LIE ! - 8/25/2013

THIS IS GOT TO BE THE WORSE ,PLACE I' EVER LIVED IN! CHICAGO,IL, THE WORSE, MOST UNFRIENDLY PEOPLE ! THEY ARE VERY EVIL THINKING ! AND VERY STUPID ! AND SELF CENTERED! IF YOU WANT TO LIVE A, LIE IN LIFE THEN MOVE TO THIS COMMIE POLITICAL CORRUPT CITY ! YOU WILL PAY FOR EVER MOVE YOU MAKE IN THIS CITY ! THE POLICE ARE ARROGANT AS THE DAY IS LONG !THIS CHICAGO, CITY, REALLY REPRESENTS BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING ALL THE TIME ! AND JUST TO GIVE YOU AN IDEAR, WHAT IS GOING ON IN THIS CORRUPT POLITICIANS ,DREAM COME TRUE WORLD !EVEN THE POLITICIANS CARRY GUNS BUT YOU AS A, LEGAL CITIZEN ! ARE NOT ALLOWED TO ! WHY I'THINK THE CORRUPT POLITICIANS THINK YOU WILL SHOOT THEM ! IF YOU ARE ALLOWED TO LEGALLY CARRY A, GUN,ON YOU ! WHY WOULD YOU SHOOT,THEM ?? BECAUSE OF ALL THE STEAL THEY ARE DOING TO THE AMERICAN CITIZEN,TAX PAYERS !THEY CAM CARRY A, GUN! ITS LEGAL FOR THEM, COMMIE SCUM BAGS UN,AMERICANLOW LIFES TO DO ! BUT YOU CAN NOT ! SO AGAIN WHATS SO GREAT ABOUT SHIT HOLE COMMIE UN,AMERICAN SCUM CHICAGO! ANWSER NOT A, FXXXXX EN THING! THATS WHAT ! SO TAKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK

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tammi
Chicago, IL

Awesome place for cultural things to do - 6/17/2013

I have lived in several places in Chicago and love it. I love all the street festivals that you can go to during the summer months and the abundance of etnic restaurants is amazing it is the true melting pot. There is crime but as long as you look like you belong people will leave you alone. Great area for singles as there is so much to do from ball games to clubs to parades and the ever popular Taste of Chicago. Would not live anywhere else.

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k
Chicago, IL

transportation - 5/30/2013

There are good mass transit options.

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brenda
Grand Rapids, MI

Looking to relocate to the Chicago area,any sugges - 5/19/2013

I am a single 40ish female who works in healthcare. I am looking for an area or neighborhood that is fairly safe, affordable and with good public transportation to Chicago and within the area I will live. These are my priorities. Any suggestions please. If you have any questions to help me pin point an area just ask.Thanks

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Princessdi
Buffalo Grove, IL

Is Chicago really a global city? - 5/10/2013

I know most people who are from Chicago, transplants and natives both, will probably call me a traitor for what I'm about to say about this "global/world renowned" city. We do have one of the most beautiful skylines in the nation. I can't knock that, but how often can I look at the skyline and keep reminding myself that it's one of the best cities to live in. I'm not so sure. Aside from the crime and the horrendous flash mobs (realistically known as race riots) that are now occurring in the better/touristy parts of town (i.e. Streeterville, River North, Oak Street Beach), our politicians are one of the worst in the nation. I don't think there is any other large city such as LA or NYC that is structured the way we are. Who else has Aldermen? We are taxed to death on everything and the parking.... don’t get me started on that. Ever since they installed those darn parking meters, local businesses have suffered; except for the politicians I'm sure. Someone is making out like a bandit and it's the citizens. There are things to do in the city, yes, but at a high price. Parking alone will cost anywhere from $25 to $50 depending on the garage you park at and the time of day. There are some very good restaurants, but a lot of them are overrated. Heck, Chicago as a whole is overrated. Can someone tell me what the big deal is about that oversized bean located in Millenium Park? It's nice, but that's about it. The weather alone can make someone who prefers the outdoor lifestyle leave in a heartbeat. Most of us are locked inside for seven months or longer. Does that sound like fun or healthy? I think that's why we have so many bars and larger sized people. People have nothing better to do than talk sports and drink until they can't feel the cold anymore. Our summers are way too hot and humid. There are some nice people here, but for the most part I've encountered more rude ones than anything else. I was born and raised in this great town, but I unfortunately think I've outgrown it. I'm ready for bigger and better adventures and definitely better weather. Think twice and do your research before you decide to move here.

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Ariana
Chicago, IL

chicago- a beautiful city - 4/17/2013

bad weather.....

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