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Old 09-24-2007, 12:30 PM
 
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I'm going to be doing an internship in a few months ,and am currently deciding between Chicago or San Fran.

I am from Syracuse, NY and have never been to either of these cities so I don't really know a lot about them.

As a 22 year old straight male I'm just curious as to what City people think, would give me the overall better experience? Important variables I would consider in making a decision are overal saftey of the city, friendliness of the people, cleanness of the city, and overall excitement and things to do.

All thoughts and opionions are very much appreciated
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Old 09-24-2007, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Both are awesome cities! Not just because in the area do I choose Chicago, but I choose it based on these few aspects: 4 seasons, warmer summers, cheaper COL, better food, bigger downtown, closer to everything.

San Fran is gorgeous and an equally great city (my fave in CA), but Chicago is just much larger and offers the same stuff but in greater quantities, IMO.
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Old 09-24-2007, 05:37 PM
 
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SF is better, but not by much. Chicago is a larger city, but SF has more larger cities near it. If you're from NY, you'll enjoy the year-round similar weather, but you wont mind the chicago winters. But, if thats what you're getting away from, dont choose Chicago. SF has much more natural beauty, if that's what you're into. SF can give you a huge city feeling while being quite small. If you're homophobic, dont choose SF. Personally, this would be a difficult decision for me as well, but i'd probably end up choosing SF, just because an Angeleno can't handle Chicago winters.
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Old 09-24-2007, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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We just got done (I hope) beating this subject to death on this thread, right here on the first page of this forum no less. (Speaking of which, does anyone ever look through even the first page of threads any more before posting a new one?) Please, someone close this thread before it starts all over again.
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Old 09-24-2007, 08:21 PM
 
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They're my two favorite cities along with Boston.

Chicago is more livable and well-rounded, but San Fran is pretty beautiful and you won't have the winters.
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Old 10-02-2007, 04:21 PM
 
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Default Chicago or S.F.

If it were me I would absolutely chose Chicago I love the city of San Francisco because there is so much to do and it's picturesque but the people for the most part are airheads whereas Chicagoans are real personally I can relate better
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Old 10-02-2007, 08:07 PM
 
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They're my two favorite cities along with Boston.

Chicago is more livable and well-rounded, but San Fran is pretty beautiful and you won't have the winters.
Neither Chicago nor SF have good weather. I'd rate SF's as worse, because I don't find fog mystical or magical or whatever the hell it's being sold as these days. It's a pain in the ass.

But oh jesus, do we have to do this again?
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Old 10-02-2007, 09:12 PM
 
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Neither Chicago nor SF have good weather. I'd rate SF's as worse, because I don't find fog mystical or magical or whatever the hell it's being sold as these days. It's a pain in the ass.

But oh jesus, do we have to do this again?
Oh Yeah again and again
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Old 10-02-2007, 11:50 PM
 
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I think this is a different kind of a post. If someone asked me which city I think would be better to live in, I'd assume long-term and I'd pick Chicago. However, given that this gentleman is coming from western NY, I'd tell him to do his internship in SF.

SF will give you a much different experience than you'd get in Chicago. Everyone from New York, even upstate or western NY, will compare Chicago to New York. No one ever compares SF to New York. The West Coast differs from the East Coast much more than the Midwest does.

If you're interning and around for only a limited time, there are many more things within traveling distance in SF than Chicago. Heck, Portland is closer to SF than Syracuse is to Chicago and he'll see a lot more interesting, different stuff.

Go intern in SF. Drive everywhere you can within 12 hours. You'll never run out of things to do. If you intern in Chicago, explore every inch of the city and don't spend as much time on the road.
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Old 08-05-2009, 04:24 PM
 
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I went to undergrad in Chicago and moved to San Francisco once I completed my education. No power on earth would ever make me endure another Chicago winter. As for food, San Francisco is a paradise. Great ball teams for the sports-minded with a state of the art stadium right downtown. It has the most equitable temperature of any city in the US. The city is a collection of microclimates, the weather in the Mission or Noe Valley is quite sunny. The Sunset was listed on the original Spanish maps as "uninhabitable due to fog." For that matter, to save money on housing and have a lovely view of San Francisco and better, warmer weather, just hop across the Bay Bridge to Oakland. By Bart you can be in San Francisco in 20 minutes. Chicago is a large city, but having grown up in Des Moines, Iowa, I found Chitown to be more like Des Moines than New York or San Francisco. Not that that is a bad thing.
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