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Old 10-30-2017, 10:52 PM
 
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I do see how if you are limited to a short US visit then the big city Chicago experience is more similar to NYC than Disney, LV, LA or the National Parks. That goes a long way to explain why such a small relative proportion of Chicago's 55 million annual visitors are international as compared to other places that have much fewer total visitors. It's a shame they are missing out. Sort of like skipping Beijing because you went the Shanghai and HK.
It's not the same at all. Beijing has world class attractions (the forbidden city, great wall of china) and I would recommend Beijing as probably a must see if you're going to China.

A more apt comparison (in the Chinese rubric) would be, Guangzhou. Chicago <-> Guangzhou and NYC <-> Shanghai.

Can a tourist go to China and see Shanghai and not Guangzhou? I'd say absolutely.
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Old 10-30-2017, 11:10 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, Commonwealth of Virginia
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Absolutely. They feel completely different to me.
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Old 10-30-2017, 11:30 PM
 
Location: South Austin, 78745
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If you visited New York City, do you think it is worth it to see Chicago?
Go to YouTube and type in Chicago, Illinois. There will be videos that tell you pretty much a visitor needs to know about Chicago, the good, the bad and the ugly. You'll find videos of tourist attractions and things to do, videos of the dangerous parts of Chicago, as well as videos just driving around Chicago so you can see what the city looks like. Check out those videos then you can decide if you want to spend your money to see Chicago in person.

Here are a couple of videos I found

https://youtu.be/oA-9RLPRTY4

https://youtu.be/kOMWAnxKq58
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Old 10-31-2017, 06:38 AM
 
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If you visited New York City, do you think it is worth it to see Chicago?
Yes
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Old 10-31-2017, 08:27 AM
 
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I live in Chicago and I've been to NYC more times than I could ever count and have friends there - the cities have entirely different feels.

One random thing I do like about living in Chicago is the city tends to get overlooked a lot because of the "well why not just go to NYC" thing and then the media perceptions of Chicago where they only want to talk about south/west side crime. When I'm out and about or bringing people here for the first time it's almost 100% response that Chicago exceeds or far exceeds their expectations. People are generally taken by surprise given their preconceived ideas.
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Old 10-31-2017, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Northeast states
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I live in Chicago and I've been to NYC more times than I could ever count and have friends there - the cities have entirely different feels.

One random thing I do like about living in Chicago is the city tends to get overlooked a lot because of the "well why not just go to NYC" thing and then the media perceptions of Chicago where they only want to talk about south/west side crime. When I'm out and about or bringing people here for the first time it's almost 100% response that Chicago exceeds or far exceeds their expectations. People are generally taken by surprise given their preconceived ideas.
I like how clean Chicago is compare to NYC and people generally nicer too. The loop area such as Magnificent Mile, Near North Side, South Loop, River Front, Gold Coast is like smaller version of Manhattan. I recommend OP to ride Chicago L train ride around Loop area. Chicago has big city feel like NYC but bit smaller. Old town neighborhood is like gentrified Brooklyn area just north of Chicago Loop area
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Old 10-31-2017, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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In many ways I prefer Chicago to NYC.
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Old 10-31-2017, 09:09 AM
 
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I live in Chicago and I've been to NYC more times than I could ever count and have friends there - the cities have entirely different feels.

One random thing I do like about living in Chicago is the city tends to get overlooked a lot because of the "well why not just go to NYC" thing and then the media perceptions of Chicago where they only want to talk about south/west side crime. When I'm out and about or bringing people here for the first time it's almost 100% response that Chicago exceeds or far exceeds their expectations. People are generally taken by surprise given their preconceived ideas.

I posted this before (not sure what thread), but I think every person I know who visits Chicago, nearly every one of them says something to the effect of "I had no idea!", "I've already set up a return visit to Chicago next year", "I'm coming back with friends who have never visited", "it's now my favorite U.S. city," and so forth.
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Old 10-31-2017, 10:04 AM
 
Location: New York Metropolitan Area
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Definitely worth it (and this is coming from someone who lives in NYC). Beautiful waterfront, very clean city compared to NY, amazing food scene, and obviously great attractions, etc. I didn't think I'd be impressed when I visited Chicago, but when I did I loved it. Definitely does not deserve all the bashing it gets.
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Old 10-31-2017, 10:17 AM
 
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It really depends on your constraints (time?) and budget.

Chicago is a different city than NYC but if you're just after a stereotypical American city with a lot of skyscrapers, NYC will fill your void. You can then move on to other American gems like the historic cities of Boston or Philadelphia, the capital DC, the home of Hollywood- LA, charming San Francisco, or the adult disneyworld of Las Vegas.

I'd say once you have seen those cities and still have time and money, Chicago would be another interesting stop on your quest to see America but if seeing Chicago means bumping off one of those above mentioned cities, don't bother with Chicago.
Chicago is not more appealing than Boston and Philadelphia?
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