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Old 08-13-2008, 08:32 PM
 
Location: LP-CHI-IL
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I lived in Metro Detroit for 22 of my 25 years (except when I went to college), and I can say that this quote is EXACTLY true.

The cost of living is higher here, though, so if the OP has a family (with kids) and a stable job they might want to consider staying in Detroit...the suburbs here are way more expensive as a whole...think of it is Oakland County everywhere you go (I'm from Wayne County, originally).
Actually, the south suburbs to me feels like a strange hybrid between Wayne & Macomb County and the cost of living there is somewhat cheaper than the rest of Chicagoland.
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Old 08-14-2008, 08:50 PM
 
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Chicago has way much MORE of the same stuff, you find in Detroit...dining, entertainment, sports stadiums, shopping...etc.

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Ive read through and through that there is a ton of stuff to do in Chicago. I'm from Michigan, so I want to know what is different in Chicago from Detroit? I know the job market, and it is safer, those are obvious. But as far as going out and finding activities & using your leisure time, what can you do in Chicago that won't be found in Detroit?
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Old 02-19-2009, 08:40 AM
 
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Default I really couldn't agree more.

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I lived in Metro Detroit for 22 of my 25 years (except when I went to college), and I can say that this quote is EXACTLY true.

The cost of living is higher here, though, so if the OP has a family (with kids) and a stable job they might want to consider staying in Detroit...the suburbs here are way more expensive as a whole...think of it is Oakland County everywhere you go (I'm from Wayne County, originally).

As a single 25 Year Old, I couldn't fathom having "Royal Oak and Ferndale" as my only nightlife/dining/hip, cool places to be. I have lived in Chicago now almost 6 months, and I am still discovering new restaurants, bars, parks, etc.

Also, not having a car is a HUGE plus! I know zero people who live in Michigan who rely solely on public transportation. While taking the CTA is not always the fastest, you cannot compare the cost of a $75 unlimited bus/train pass to the cost of owning, insuring, maintaining, and fueling a car.

So yes, even with our 10.25% sales tax, I will take Chicago over Detroit or Metro Detroit anyday!

I agree also. I have lived IN Detroit for 27 years of my 28 year old life, and never once really felt connected or at home there. I can count on one hand How many times I've been to a bar or sit down restaurant with in the CITY of Detroit excluding the downtown area. I have been here for 6 months, and still find it hard to explore the while neighborhood I am in let alone the city as there is just so many new, bars, clubs, and restaurants. The CTA works pretty well, you can do a lot in one day also if you can afford a few cab rides you are golden, and just at the above post states you NEED your car in Michigan, here I broke the cardinal rule and sold my car here because I just didn't need. it.

By my calculations it would take a young person working an full time day job, around 3 to maybe 5 years to fully explore and know the whole city \ metro area.

The only bad thing I can say about Chicago, just as the above quote says is that Chicago is much like a large Royal Oak, or Ferndale, however this also means that manners are a bit lower. One strange phenomenon I noticed is that people in the city of Detroit have better manners in traffic, and just general interactions. (Bad manners will get you shot in Detroit.) However in Chicago people here are a bit more "uppity"
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Old 02-19-2009, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Teaneck, NJ
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Chicago...
That was easy
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Old 03-04-2009, 04:00 PM
 
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The weather is terrible in both cities, so is the real estate market. Both cities are on the economic deathbed
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Old 10-30-2010, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Detroit's mains streets have more strip mall/parking lot stores and restuarants type of look.

Detroit more family type homes with drive-ways...
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Old 10-30-2010, 01:30 PM
 
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Detroit suburbs are nicer than Chicago suburbs.

But Chicago city is nicer than Detroit city.

Overall, I prefer Detroit, because Michican overall is a MUCH nicer state. Illinois generally sucks.
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Old 10-30-2010, 01:31 PM
 
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The weather is terrible in both cities, so is the real estate market. Both cities are on the economic deathbed
Unfortunately, this is probably true.

Chicago has lost more residents than any other U.S. city since 2000.

And Detroit has massive population loss.
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Old 10-30-2010, 04:09 PM
 
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^ lol, still on your martyr are you?
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Old 10-30-2010, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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I've been to Detroit and like that its making progress in reclaiming its urban core-my best to Detroit!

But Chicago is in a different league-and I mean that in the nicest way possible to Detroit. Chicago oozes and drips World Class from its waterfront to its downtown to its amenities such as entertainment, food(top shelf), shopping, culture, arts etc. It is one of the premier cities of the World and has all the bells and whistles that come along with that distinction.
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