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Old 05-01-2012, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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central park alone takes nyc over the top, but lincoln park runs further north than most realize
Central Park is 883 acres in the middle of the city.

Lincoln Park is 1208 acres between the city and a lake.

I guess it depends on what someone would find more entertaining or valuable.

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Old 05-01-2012, 10:57 AM
 
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While I agree Chicago has a lot going for it, it doesn't really sound like you've spent much time in NYC outside of manhattan.
I was like every other Manhattanite when I lived there. Bronx to go to Yankee Stadium, Queens for LaGuardia and JFK, the obligatory one time trip to Brooklyn Heights and Staten Island when hell froze over.

I am sure there are nice neighborhoods with character. And actually I have spent a reasonable amount of time in Jackson Heights. Plus on our last trip to NYC we made it a point to explore Brooklyn.

But my point is pretty much the same. I don't see what an outer borough has to offer that Chicago doesn't. While I don't agree that Manhattan is worth the cost, I do at least see that it has something we can't offer. If there is one exception to what I am saying its Brooklyn Heights/Cobble Hill, but even then I think those can pretty much be duplicated in Chicago. Plus Chicago is half the cost of those places.
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Old 05-01-2012, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Uptown
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Central Park is 883 acres in the middle of the city.

Lincoln Park is 1208 acres between the city and a lake.

I guess it depends on what someone would find more entertaining or valuable.

sure, i think central park is cool because of the natural rock/forest/water features...the lake front trail is a little sterile/one-note. minor issue anyways
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:14 AM
 
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I think people should keep in mind that Central park can be incredibly crowded on a Saturday afternoon, so if you're looking for that nice, quiet, bucolic retreat, forget it. There's not much difference between 5th Avenue and the park at that point...

Chicago's one aesthetic advantage: having a grassy strip next to the curb in many residential neighborhoods. Much more pleasant to look at, and walk through; you can BREATHE in Chicago..and at much lower costs...
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:16 AM
 
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My other complaint with the east coast in general is the claustrophobic feel. Apartments and houses are smaller for higher cost. Living in New York City (Brooklyn or Manhattan are the two I know most about), you have to enjoy being very close to lots of people.

Chicago has a more open feel, imo.
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Oak Park, IL
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Chicago's one aesthetic advantage: having a grassy strip next to the curb in many residential neighborhoods. Much more pleasant to look at, and walk through; you can BREATHE in Chicago..and at much lower costs...
Its also a great place to dump your snow!
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Old 05-01-2012, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica, CA
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I've been to Chicago and New York numerous times (I'm from Michigan).

Chicago is far more livable.
Chicago is cleaner.
Chicago is more modern.
Chicago seems to be more well kept.
Chicago is less expensive.
Chicago's got nice and new high rises.
Chicago's skyline is awesome.

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New York on the other hand...

is more expensive.
is less clean.
has too many parts that are too old (I'm talking about buildings).
is more dense, hence, the views on office buildings and apartments is garbage.
is completely unfriendly when it comes to having a car.

but on the plus:

has better restaurants
has better museums
has better shows, such as the colbert report, the daily show, david letterman, etc.
closer to other interesting cities

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for me:

investing in a property, id choose chicago.
living for a few years and then leaving - NYC
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Old 05-01-2012, 12:30 PM
 
Location: River North, Chicago, Illinois
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closer to other interesting cities
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Wassamatta wit Gary and Rockford?
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Old 05-01-2012, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Chicago - near NW
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I've been to Chicago and New York numerous times (I'm from Michigan).

Chicago is more modern.
Chicago's got nice and new high rises.

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New York on the other hand...


has too many parts that are too old (I'm talking about buildings).

is completely unfriendly when it comes to having a car.
There are many US cities cheaper than Chicago that have almost all newer buildings and lots of highways.
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Old 05-01-2012, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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[NYC] has better restaurants
Better, or just more?

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has better shows, such as the colbert report, the daily show, david letterman, etc.
But you can watch those shows anywhere on TV! You don't have to live there.

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closer to other interesting cities
Yes, this is an important consideration. That said, I lived in NJ and Philly for a while, and the crowdedness of the East Coast annoyed me. As well as the correspondingly higher cost of living. And various odd things, like the "jug handles" on NJ highways, and the strange East Coast habit of putting the kitchen and living room together in one space.
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