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And the embers never fade in your city by the lake

  • Dec 15, 2008
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Only a city a mother could love. Or maybe that's Detroit. Anyway...Chicago can be a mean beast. An ice-storm followed by a Governor selling a Senate seat bookended by a murder and a parking boot on your car.  But it can also be romantic walks along the lake, forever stares off the 95th floor of the Hancock, Old Style lubed Cubs games and enough culture for three lifetimes.  You might need broad shoulders in a town where it's like October all the time, but there's no other place I'd rather toddle, work and live - perhaps the last of the great American cities

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October 23, 2009
If it wasn't for the six months of winter in Chicago, I'd probably be living there now.
 
April 12, 2009
Aw, that was lovely. I only stopped there for two days once during a cross-country road trip. It's the only other city that I've visited in the States that's most like San Francisco.

What do you mean when you say that Chicago is like October all the time?  The weather?
 
December 15, 2008
I used to live in Chicago and certainly do miss it. I absolutely agree it is probably THE great American city.
 
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Chicago is the third largest city in the United States with more than 2.8 million residents. Adjacent to Lake Michigan, the Chicago metropolitan area (commonly referred to as Chicagoland) has a population of more than 9.7 million people in three U.S. states, Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana, and was the third largest metropolitan area in 2000.  Chicago is partitioned by the city into four main sections: Downtown (which contains the Loop), the North Side, the South Side, and the West Side. In the late 1920s sociologists at the University of Chicago subdivided the city into 77 distinct community areas. The boundaries of these areas are more clearly defined than those of the over 210 neighborhoods throughout the city, allowing for better year-by-year comparisons.
Chicago incorporated as a city in 1837 after being founded in 1833 and soon became the transportation, financial and industrial center of the Midwest. Today the city's attractions bring 44.2 million visitors annually.
Chicago became notorious worldwide for its violent gangsters in the 1920s, most notably Al Capone, and for its political corruption in one of the longest tenures of political machinery in the United States. The city has a notable and famous political culture, is a stronghold of the Democratic Party, and has been home to numerous influential politicians, including the first African-American president-elect of the United States, Barack Obama.

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