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View Poll Results: Which city do you think Chicago feels most like on the street level?
NYC 30 33.71%
Philadelphia 20 22.47%
San Francisco 10 11.24%
Washington DC 11 12.36%
Other 18 20.22%
Voters: 89. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 06-04-2015, 01:23 PM
 
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Toronto.
Seconded.
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Old 06-04-2015, 02:49 PM
 
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Hum...of the ones listed, I would say Chicago's neighborhoods are most similar to DC in that they are very leafy and aren't built as tight as Philly/SF and NYC. But, obviously the downtowns are vast different.

The NYC comparisons are really only superficial. Chicago's downtown comes to closest to feeling like a huge city at ground level. Especially with the skyscraper canyons and el train. But, stylistically it feels pretty different.

SF and Chicago are (IMO) the two most urban cities in the country after NYC, but in completely different ways. SF is small, but tightly built with a cohesive urban fabric. Chicago, on the other hand, has a grand urban style, but is less tightly built and has lots of urban gaps.

Philly and Chicago are both big, affordable (for big urban cities), former industrial cities with booming cores and large swaths of struggling neighborhoods. But, architecturally and at ground level, Philly is a tightly built east coast city like NYC and Boston, or even SF. At ground level, the only part of Philly that reminds me vaguely of Chicago is Philly's office core on Market and JFK. It has the 80s office canyon feel, sort of like parts of the Loop.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ph...3e58c1!6m1!1e1

Overall, Toronto is probably a closer comparison than any of these cities (although Chicago has more and better classic architecture and Toronto has more and better modern architecture). Milwaukee could perhaps be a mini-me version of Chicago.
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Old 06-04-2015, 02:56 PM
 
Location: East Central Pennsylvania/ Chicago for 6yrs.
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I think Chicago has ITS OWN FEEL AND VIBE. In its Downtown

It Mixes both old and new, best of any city.

It has the OLD CLASSIC CHICAGO LOOK of LaSalle St and parts under the "el".

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.8817...Rg!2e0!6m1!1e1

Just Along the Chicago River is every era represented, Old and New

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.8882...HQFYrSN74w!2e0

South Michigan Ave is some of the best American architecture represented, with Trees and flowers in the median of a GRAND OLD STREET Fully open to Grant and Millennium Parks. The Art Institute in the Middle.

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.8804...mQrlLSbWpA!2e0

Though it begins with the "GRAND DAMES" of Chicago's 2 most loved building, at the Chicago River, being the Wrigley building and Tribune Tower. It takes on a MODERN FEEL as the Shopping corridor begins.

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.8893...YowHzWG6qw!2e0

Mostly NEW buildings and Big Guns of High-End Retailers, having built new Stores there. Its a Blvd. Of flowers and plants in the Median too. The WHOLE PACKAGE. North Michigan Ave has a Newer Vibe.

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.8920...xKlqxiflxg!2e0

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.8931...4sT9TrSi5g!2e0

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.8948...VF57ZzUcMQ!2e0

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.8973...BcJMrWgDYQ!2e0

Then you Also have the New East Side, All brand new era buildings and Streeterville of the Near North Side. With Millennium Park

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.8820...e0!3e5!6m1!1e1

These are MY FAVORITE STREETVIEWS IN CHICAGO. The buildings just fall together.

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.8883...WuZQ!2e0?hl=en

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.9041...!2e0!3e5?hl=en

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.8667...2e0!3e11?hl=en

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Old 06-04-2015, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Chicago (from pittsburgh)
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Chicago looks like Chicago on the street. It is something to compare other things to. It's own animal.
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Old 06-04-2015, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Prince George's County, Maryland
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Hum...of the ones listed, I would say Chicago's neighborhoods are most similar to DC in that they are very leafy and aren't built as tight as Philly/SF and NYC. But, obviously the downtowns are vast different.

The NYC comparisons are really only superficial. Chicago's downtown comes to closest to feeling like a huge city at ground level. Especially with the skyscraper canyons and el train. But, stylistically it feels pretty different.

SF and Chicago are (IMO) the two most urban cities in the country after NYC, but in completely different ways. SF is small, but tightly built with a cohesive urban fabric. Chicago, on the other hand, has a grand urban style, but is less tightly built and has lots of urban gaps.

Philly and Chicago are both big, affordable (for big urban cities), former industrial cities with booming cores and large swaths of struggling neighborhoods. But, architecturally and at ground level, Philly is a tightly built east coast city like NYC and Boston, or even SF. At ground level, the only part of Philly that reminds me vaguely of Chicago is Philly's office core on Market and JFK. It has the 80s office canyon feel, sort of like parts of the Loop.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ph...3e58c1!6m1!1e1

Overall, Toronto is probably a closer comparison than any of these cities (although Chicago has more and better classic architecture and Toronto has more and better modern architecture). Milwaukee could perhaps be a mini-me version of Chicago.
This, especially the DC comparison. Don't forget that both cities share the setbacks from the streets. They even have their own bungalow belts and certain sides of town that are basically their own separate cities/worlds (The SE and NE portions of East of the River DC and the South Side of Chicago). I think the alleys look like they're similar in both cities too. The avenues and boulevards are wide in both cities but their side streets are a little more intimate in the residential neighborhoods (not as much as Philly or New York I believe). Of course, not every single part of both cities are similar to the other. There's gotta be parts of Chicago that's more similar to Toronto and Minneapolis while there are parts of DC more similar to Philly and Richmond.

I wish DC could have Chicago's large number of massive courtyard apartments though. Those apartments look like they cover 6 city blocks
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Old 06-04-2015, 04:58 PM
 
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Other than a few areas here and there, I don't find Chicago and Toronto to be all that similar at street level. Toronto is more cluttered looking and "messy" in its style of urbanism. Chicago seems more orderly and proper.
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Old 06-04-2015, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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Then there's the South Side, which is probably more comparable to other Midwestern cities.
Kind of - though there are some areas that aren't totally like that like some parts of Hyde Park, South Shore, etc. If you count areas like Little Village, Pilsen, etc which are technically south then yeah. Chinatown doesn't really resemble that either.
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Old 06-04-2015, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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As someone that lived in both Chicago and DC, I truly do not get the comparisons honestly outside of wide streets and avenues. Some alleys do remind me of Chicago in DC but very few DC hoods are like that.

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Old 06-04-2015, 07:15 PM
 
Location: East Central Pennsylvania/ Chicago for 6yrs.
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Some Chicago neighborhoods ....DO THEY LOOK LIKE DC, Philly or SF??

Old Town Just North of Downtown Near North
https://www.google.com/maps/@41.9157...NM98CIPd4g!2e0

Lakeview neighborhood
https://www.google.com/maps/@41.9415...9IsucxCybA!2e0

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.9443..._ac4YwguyA!2e0

Wrigleyville Lakeview
https://www.google.com/maps/@41.9481...r2YZMnvovA!2e0

Lincoln Park

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.9210...nc5yaMMMKQ!2e0

Wicker Park
https://www.google.com/maps/@41.9050...yU-UzkV9_g!2e0

Roscoe Village
https://www.google.com/maps/@41.9441...kq0C-uXlFQ!2e0

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.9473..._g!2e0!6m1!1e1

Bungalow belt neighborhood
Kelvyn Park neighborhood

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.9354...wYR-ezmHPw!2e0
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Old 06-05-2015, 08:29 AM
 
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Hum...of the ones listed, I would say Chicago's neighborhoods are most similar to DC in that they are very leafy and aren't built as tight as Philly/SF and NYC. But, obviously the downtowns are vast different.

The NYC comparisons are really only superficial. Chicago's downtown comes to closest to feeling like a huge city at ground level. Especially with the skyscraper canyons and el train. But, stylistically it feels pretty different.

SF and Chicago are (IMO) the two most urban cities in the country after NYC, but in completely different ways. SF is small, but tightly built with a cohesive urban fabric. Chicago, on the other hand, has a grand urban style, but is less tightly built and has lots of urban gaps.

Philly and Chicago are both big, affordable (for big urban cities), former industrial cities with booming cores and large swaths of struggling neighborhoods. But, architecturally and at ground level, Philly is a tightly built east coast city like NYC and Boston, or even SF. At ground level, the only part of Philly that reminds me vaguely of Chicago is Philly's office core on Market and JFK. It has the 80s office canyon feel, sort of like parts of the Loop.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ph...3e58c1!6m1!1e1

Overall, Toronto is probably a closer comparison than any of these cities (although Chicago has more and better classic architecture and Toronto has more and better modern architecture). Milwaukee could perhaps be a mini-me version of Chicago.
Chicago can't be SF because SF is mountainous-ly hilly and Chicago is flat as a pancake.

In Chicago's neighborhoods, it roughly mirrors some of the entertainment areas of Milwaukee (Brady and Farwell, and Juneau streets) and Cleveland (Gordon Sq -- which echoes Bucktown, Ohio City/Market Sq., Shaker Sq/Larchmere and Little Italy and UC at the new Uptown district with new and old buildings crowding the sidewalk)... Cleveland also has some aspects of rail transit/walking districts like those with the el in Chicago.
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