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Old 01-09-2010, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Chicago is by far the biggest and most "powerful" city in the Midwest. However, the other major cities in it's region have their stake as well.

My question is, how does Chicago, the government, the citizens, or the city as a whole, relate to it's Midwestern relatives? As a big brother, a father, a fun uncle, or a loud mouthed Mudder-in-law who doesn't give them no respect?

And elaborate on your answer, by explaining why and how Chicago acts this way.
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Old 01-11-2010, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Englewood, Near Eastside Indy
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People in the midwest do not care about Chicago nearly as much as Chicago thinks they do.

That pretty much sums up the relationship.
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Old 01-11-2010, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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a loud mouthed Mudder-in-law who doesn't give them no respect?

And elaborate on your answer, by explaining why and how Chicago acts this way.
This pretty much sums it up. I grew up in downstate Illinois...their term not ours....and to be honest we never really gave Chicago much thought. We just went along our day to day business.
We couldn't understand why someone would want to live that close to that many people and they couldn't understand the appeal of rural or small town living.

We knew that when our Chicago relatives came to visit we'd be treated like the poor relations. What made it funny was....we weren't the poor relations.

If we went to visit them, we were treated like country hicks.

We didn't visit much after awhile.
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Old 01-11-2010, 12:20 PM
 
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People in the midwest do not care about Chicago nearly as much as Chicago thinks they do.

That pretty much sums up the relationship.
I've really never heard anyone in this city dwell or comment on other Midwest cities "caring" a lot about Chicago. This city has enough crap going on and enough issues that it's fairly insular.

Most people here tend to think about Midwest metros in much the same way they'd think about Southern, Eastern or Western areas. Most people I know in Chicago will just fly anywhere they want to go if it's not within two hours driving, so be it Minneapolis, Kansas City, Dallas or DC it really makes no difference.

The only Midwest metros that I would say have a relationship with Chicago would be Milwaukee, Madison, and St. Louis. Those are the places that people here can rationally drive to, and I here come up much more than anywhere else.

Maybe other areas such in neighboring states have special views on Chicago compared to other Midwest cities, but in Chicago there really is a lack of recognition. That said though most of my friends here have friends/relatives in other areas of the Midwest that come to visit, and it's almost universally a positive experience. They love visiting, we love having them visit. Certainly no contempt, and I don't know why you'd put someone down just because they're from Iowa or Wisconsin or downstate. I think I'd have to re-evaluate my relationship with those individuals and their personalities as opposed to just blaming it on the fact they live in Chicago.
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Old 01-12-2010, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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My question is, how does Chicago, the government, the citizens, or the city as a whole, relate to it's Midwestern relatives?
They look down their noses at the rest of the cities in the Midwest. The rest of us don't care what Chicagoans think.
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Old 01-12-2010, 10:24 AM
 
Location: East Cleveland
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People in the midwest do not care about Chicago nearly as much as Chicago thinks they do.

That pretty much sums up the relationship.
i agree, we dont look at chicago like a big brother or anything the way the smaller cities on the east coast look at new york...its just another city..a nice city though i will say, but another city...
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Old 01-12-2010, 10:43 AM
 
Location: NC/IL/MI
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its a love hate relationship. people from the rest of the midwest either LOVE chicago with a passion or they cant stand it/inferiority complex. Their is rarely anybody in the middle
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Old 01-12-2010, 02:12 PM
 
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From my experiences, Chicagoans are extremely arrogant when it comes to their city, condescending even.

There's an inflated sense of self-righteousness towards peer Midwestern cities that you find much less frequently in relation to New York and its peer cities of the Northeast, or Los Angeles and the West. It's this attitude that makes Chicago an unappealing city, in my mind.
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Old 01-12-2010, 04:04 PM
 
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My only experience with Midwest cities has been with Minneapolis. I don't think Minneapolis generally pays much attention to Chicago, or rather, like someone said, doesn't think about Chicago in much of a different way than they would think of other big cities. I think it would be different if Minneapolis was within easy driving distance, but it's not.
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Old 01-12-2010, 05:28 PM
 
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I've really never heard anyone in this city dwell or comment on other Midwest cities "caring" a lot about Chicago. This city has enough crap going on and enough issues that it's fairly insular.

Most people here tend to think about Midwest metros in much the same way they'd think about Southern, Eastern or Western areas. Most people I know in Chicago will just fly anywhere they want to go if it's not within two hours driving, so be it Minneapolis, Kansas City, Dallas or DC it really makes no difference.

The only Midwest metros that I would say have a relationship with Chicago would be Milwaukee, Madison, and St. Louis. Those are the places that people here can rationally drive to, and I here come up much more than anywhere else.

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Ever heard of places called Indianapolis or Detroit? Those places are no further than St. Louis, actually closer.
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