What is your absolute favorite thing about Chicago and why? What makes you truly love living here?

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Chicago Summers! Totally worth it ;)

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can’t put it into words but the city feels like home. during the holidays, during the summer, rainy days, snowy days, sunny days… when I’m in Chicago I feel like I’m home.

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I grew up in the suburbs of chicago and lowkey dreamed about living here for a good 20 years of my conscious life. I don’t think I can ever go back to the burbs

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We have a beautiful city with all that comes with it. Sports teams, entertainment, restaurants, nights life, culture, etc. And it’s much cleaner than cities like NY. We have the lakefront. Also it’s more affordable than SF, LA and NY.

With that said, the stain on our city is crime.

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Grew up in the burbs, after college moved to small town North Carolina, then Los Angeles, then Indianapolis, then South Bend, IN, then back to Chicago and live in the city now. This finally feels like home. Having lived in so many different types of places before, I have such an appreciation for Chicago now. The biggest game changers for me have been all the resources and opportunities, the people/connections, and the city’s old school charm.

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It’s not as expensive as living in NYC.

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And still pretty expensive.

Born and raised in the Chicago area. Absolutely love the diversity here.
I lived in Knoxville for two years and felt like the food, culture, people weren't the same.

Moved back to Chicago 4 years ago. Was such a relief.

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Ahh, my people. I love this city! The lakefront, the architecture, the history, the summer (and fall!), the quirks, the neighborhoods, the festivals, sports, restaurants, the people. The negatives are all well documented and I call that as it is but it’s also great to remember all that makes it worth fighting for. To answer your question: my favorite thing is that there are so many things to love all in one city.

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Leaving O'Hare.

Seems like money talks (and I have lived in many, many places).

Left Chicago years ago, but visit every year. The amount and quality of career opportunities are amazing. These just aren't available in other parts of the world, combined with the cost of living. That being said, the crime and corruption here are also unheard of in other parts of the world. I'll probably move back to the Chicago area in a couple of years, but most likely a suburb.

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