Chicago is a World-Class Alpha City.
Chicago is a world class Alpha city. People from all over the world make it their home and can find everything their own country has right at their fingertips. Politics and crime exist everywhere. People worldwide need lessons in safety and how to keep a low profile even in a bedroom community. Through hard work and networking, opportunities exist for anyone and everyone. If you can make it in Chicago, you can live any where on the planet. If you know the city like the back of your hand even traffic isn't a big deal. There are multiple ways to get around, and Chicagoans are never deterred or (detoured) when unexpected problems arise. Education is highly regarded, and multiple avenues to afford one. You won't find a bigger pool of talented health professionals and lawyers. Chicago police get a bad rap for a handful of bad apples. If you're respectful and compliant, most often you won't even be cited. The lakefront, forest preserves, parks, biking and running trails are like no other city. I agree Chicago is like a mini NYC, but is much cleaner and much more livable. Sales tax and property taxes are high, compared to New York and London, you get much more for your money and a higher return when you sell. It's the people that make it great, strong, competitive at everything and always striving to be better. It's a standout among cities and on par with the best of the best. Anyone who thinks it's a flyover city or too hardened and corrupt has never truly experienced it as a Chicagoan. Many people live in and visit cities as a tourist, Chicago is a city to be experienced and discovered off the be4aten path. It is not a cookie cutter place and honestly that is how most people want to live. Go to Milwaukee for that. It is 'easy', unsurprising and predictable. As far as weather goes, winters are a piece of cake from what they were 25 years ago. A snowstorm comes and it melts a few days later. Worldwide, places are experiencing extreme weather that is unpredictable and unprecedented. So far, we haven't had earthquakes, tornadoes, mudslides, devastating forest fires, or terrorist attacks. (anything is possible) The good news is, when the weather is bad, we have plenty of places to go and things to do for entertainment. The Art Institute is the 'best in the world' and you can choose from over 75 neighborhoods of which country you'd like to eat in and experience.
eliina | Winnetka, IL