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Old 12-27-2013, 09:41 AM
 
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Hello,

I noticed that Chicago consistently receives high marks in the City vs City battles, and only comes 2nd usually to NYC. I was just wondering what makes it so great? Is it because Michael Jordan lives there? It kind of seems in the middle of nowhere and if you want to visit another big city, it's either a LONG drive or a plane ticket. Just wondering, and thanks in advance for any replies.

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Old 12-27-2013, 10:13 AM
 
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The various members of the site that tend to visit the "city vs city" subforum are the biggest factor for who "wins" in those contests. The make-up of who these posters are reflects the demographic of those web savvy younger post college types that flock to Chicago from the surrounding Midwestern states.

Chicago holds much appeal for these people as the likelihood of finding people of similar background is quite high -- it is largely a similar effect to what makes an individual sports bar or resturant "popular" with this same crowd -- being in the "right place" to attract enough folks in a desirable demographic...
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Old 12-27-2013, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Uptown
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hot thread coming through
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Old 12-27-2013, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Illinois
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The various members of the site that tend to visit the "city vs city" subforum are the biggest factor for who "wins" in those contests. The make-up of who these posters are reflects the demographic of those web savvy younger post college types that flock to Chicago from the surrounding Midwestern states.

Chicago holds much appeal for these people as the likelihood of finding people of similar background is quite high -- it is largely a similar effect to what makes an individual sports bar or resturant "popular" with this same crowd -- being in the "right place" to attract enough folks in a desirable demographic...
That, and it's an amazing city.
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Old 12-27-2013, 10:29 AM
 
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That, and it's an amazing city.
Why?
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Old 12-27-2013, 10:36 AM
 
Location: River North, Chicago, Illinois
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I noticed that Chicago consistently receives high marks in the City vs City battles, and only comes 2nd usually to NYC. I was just wondering what makes it so great? Is it because Michael Jordan lives there? It kind of seems in the middle of nowhere and if you want to visit another big city, it's either a LONG drive or a plain ticket. Just wondering, and thanks in advance for any replies.
1) Michael Jordan lives in North Carolina.

2) It is the "somewhere" that makes the middle of the country not the middle of nowhere.

3a) From your "long drive" or "plain ticket" [sic] comment (most Chicagoans do know how to spell "plane", by the way), I assume that if you live in New York you'd never even consider wanting to visit, oh, I don't know, Los Angeles or San Francisco or London (that's a nice drive from New York) or vice versa? Really? Or as far as being near other cities, what other major cities is the Bay Area near? Or maybe you just didn't really think through how irrational that comment was.

3b) Boston to New York is only 30-60 minutes shorter to drive than Chicago to St. Louis or Detroit. Indianapolis is closer to Chicago than that, as is Milwaukee. Minneapolis and Cleveland are further, but still not bad. Flying from Chicago, you can get to Manhattan as quickly as taking Acela from D.C. for a comparable price.

Chicago isn't for everyone. But it's a convenient city compared to many others. It has a much wider range of housing prices - much more at the lower end, making it less expensive than the other American cities in its class. It has great theatre - second only to New York in the U.S., it has great shopping, great parks, great airports with easy access to the core of the city, great nightlife and restaurants. Great festivals and cultural offerings with some of the biggest museums in the country as well as one of the best symphonies in the world and an excellent opera, too. Chicago has also had strong influence in various forms of non-classical music, from blues to jazz to rock to house music.
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Old 12-27-2013, 10:55 AM
 
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1) Michael Jordan lives in North Carolina.

2) It is the "somewhere" that makes the middle of the country not the middle of nowhere.

3a) From your "long drive" or "plain ticket" [sic] comment (most Chicagoans do know how to spell "plane", by the way), I assume that if you live in New York you'd never even consider wanting to visit, oh, I don't know, Los Angeles or San Francisco or London (that's a nice drive from New York) or vice versa? Really? Or as far as being near other cities, what other major cities is the Bay Area near? Or maybe you just didn't really think through how irrational that comment was.

3b) Boston to New York is only 30-60 minutes shorter to drive than Chicago to St. Louis or Detroit. Indianapolis is closer to Chicago than that, as is Milwaukee. Minneapolis and Cleveland are further, but still not bad. Flying from Chicago, you can get to Manhattan as quickly as taking Acela from D.C. for a comparable price.

Chicago isn't for everyone. But it's a convenient city compared to many others. It has a much wider range of housing prices - much more at the lower end, making it less expensive than the other American cities in its class. It has great theatre - second only to New York in the U.S., it has great shopping, great parks, great airports with easy access to the core of the city, great nightlife and restaurants. Great festivals and cultural offerings with some of the biggest museums in the country as well as one of the best symphonies in the world and an excellent opera, too. Chicago has also had strong influence in various forms of non-classical music, from blues to jazz to rock to house music.
Why all the attitude? I'm sure you've never made a mistake with your homonyms.. And from what I understand MJ hasn't sold his multi-million dollar Chicago mansion..so in my book, that's just as good as him living there.
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Old 12-27-2013, 11:19 AM
 
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Chicago is the 3rd largest city! City data has a lot of urban enthusist. Chicago is a city that has it going on with culture and everything else because of its size.
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Old 12-27-2013, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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When's the last time Michael Jordan actually lived in Chicago? Must be the early or mid 90s? It's kind of odd that would be mentioned for why a city is "great" - as if the presence of one man does magical things for a big city.

Chicago is a big and diverse city with a lot to do and see. Also the ability to think that you are in a city where you can walk and interact with people and architecture first hand instead of having to drive 100% of everywhere. That's why people like it in a nutshell.
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Old 12-27-2013, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Kent, Washington
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High wages.
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