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Old 06-29-2011, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Chicago - Logan Square
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But like others mentioned, Chicagoans, and maybe midwesterners in general almost take pride in their pragmatism, fast pace, no time for romance. Its not that Chicago doesn't have romantic potential, its really more that they take pride in the fact that a bar crawl after a ball game is romantic. And, it very well maybe. Its the actual atmosphere, where it is almost discouraged as evidence by some of the posts here.
I think there is a lot that goes far beyond any regional attitudes. So much of what is promoted as being romantic is just that - promoted. Promoted by tourism agencies, hotels, etc. That makes many of the "romantic" things seem canned and cliched. It's like they're created by marketers for people who can't figure out anything that is personally romantic for them and need a list to tell them what to do.

The writer of the article completely bought into the marketing of "romantic" things without question. Take the Signature Room as an example. In Boston the equivalent is the Top of the Hub - and the majority of Bostonians would respond to that in the same way Chicagoans in the article respond to the Signature Room. In San Francisco most residents don't consider the fog or Golden Gate Bridge to be romantic - they're traffic concerns more than anything. I think the article completely misses the difference between tourists and locals, as well as changing ideas of what constitutes "romantic".
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Old 06-29-2011, 10:51 AM
 
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It's hard to be romantic when you're butchering hogs, stacking wheat and playing with railroads.
Especially when you're impersonating Carl Sandburg, because it's hard to be romantic when you're.....dead.
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Old 06-29-2011, 11:31 AM
 
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Obviously it's people who inspire romantic feelings, and things/cities/places are just a sideshow, but some places are certainly more conducive than others. In my experience, the Rocky Mountains = highly conducive. Washington, DC = not so conducive.

Chicago? I don't even know. I'm so un-romantic at this point that I wouldn't even see it.
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Old 06-29-2011, 01:05 PM
 
Location: IL
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I've been all over the globe. The grass is rarely greener... usually compared to Chicago, the grass is not even there. It's just dirt.

Hahaha! More like concrete and puddles.
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Old 06-29-2011, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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You should meet my uncle Gino, he could charm the paint of the walls.
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Old 06-29-2011, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH USA / formerly Chicago for 20 years
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But like others mentioned, Chicagoans, and maybe midwesterners in general almost take pride in their pragmatism, fast pace, no time for romance.
Bah. I've been a Midwesterner all my life, and IMHO pragmatism will only take one so far, and as for a "fast pace", well, that can actually degrade one's overall quality of life, in some aspects at least. (Not that I think the Midwest outside of Chicago is really all that fast-paced for the most part... I personally don't find it to be so.)
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Funny, considering this month the CTA was named by craigslist as being the most romantic transit system in America, particularly the brown line. They based it off of their "Missed Encounters" section.

When I moved to Chicago last year, I definitely noticed one thing much different than the west coast: people in Chicago check each other out way more than anywhere else I've ever lived. I mean, eye ****ing (or shall I say intercourse since they'll beep out my profanity) is very prominent in this city. I've come to enjoy it.

I think the article is BS and see absolutely nothing unromantic about Chicago.
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:53 PM
 
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Especially when you're impersonating Carl Sandburg, because it's hard to be romantic when you're.....dead.
Zombies can be very erotic you know.
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Old 06-29-2011, 10:07 PM
 
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Everyone's getting frosted over an article from....February of 2010? Slow day on CD, eh?

As for the general premise of this nearly 15 month old article, I'll light some candles while you kiss my ass. Romantic enough for ya?
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Old 06-30-2011, 12:08 AM
 
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When I moved to Chicago last year, I definitely noticed one thing much different than the west coast: people in Chicago check each other out way more than anywhere else I've ever lived. I mean, eye ****ing (or shall I say intercourse since they'll beep out my profanity) is very prominent in this city. I've come to enjoy it.
It believe it should go without saying that sexual energy/eye-4u(king is not quite the same thing as romance. heh
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