Chicago: the Best and Most Complete City to Live In!
I'd rather be a lamppost in Chicago than a millionaire in any other city. -- William A. Hulbert
CHICAGO - is an amazing city. Despite being in the Midwest where people are kinder than those of the North East and many other parts of the country, almost everything about Chicago is different in a good way...
People in Chicago are more liberal than those of other areas, yet they respect others' views (hence are more tolerant). However, they are not hesitant to share their own views about others' character traits (LOL).
I arrived here nearly six (6) months ago with a vision of a new beginning and Chicago was the right place for this vision. Chicagoans work to live. They enjoy their lives. There is healthy population of millennials in Chicago, and so many universities, including law schools and medical schools here. More than probably most other US Cities. O'hare airport, located near the City is the 2nd busiest airport in the entire nation.
Once in a while, I like to stop at a regular spot to enjoy the basic aspects of the City, and savor its infrastructure, architecture, and PEOPLE... everything seems to be interesting here...
Today, I took this picture while eating some pizza at a local Target store not only because it had ample parking but also because I used to study there prior to moving to my new location by Lake Shore.
Did I say Lake Shore?
My God, I drive on Lake Shore every day, and always look forward to it and can arguably, I find it impossible for anyone to ever get used to it.
So many different angles and things to see from this long stretch of Lake Michigan filled with impeccable architecture and art work; not to mentioned people cycling and power walking, or just enjoying nature. I feel lucky every time I am on Lake Shore Drive.
LAKE SHORE DRIVE
Well, it's been called Urban America's most beautiful roadway, and undoubtedly it's no misnomer. It's been said that a picture is worth a thousand words... thus, I will let the pictures "speak for themselves":
So, as I finish writing this article, I must return to the "LAMPPOST" quote uttered by Mr. Hulbert, because having lived here I must attest that even a lamppost in Chicago seems to live a more glamorous and diversified life than most millionaires do in other US Cities.
Chicago, on Lake Michigan in Illinois, is among the largest cities in the U.S. Famed for its bold architecture, it has a skyline punctuated by skyscrapers such as the iconic John Hancock Center, 1,451-ft. Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower. The city is also renowned for its museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago with its noted Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works. Moreover, the Chicago Loop has as plethora of buildings including the TRUMP tower and marvelous multi-level streets and establishments that will leave a spot in the heart of even the most pessimistic individuals. The bad areas of the City (e.g., South Side) are remote and there is modernization taking place in almost all facets of the City.
According to Time Out's City Index, which explores six key characters that they asked their readers to rate their city on, Chicago is the best City to live in because of :
Dynamism: How vibrant and exciting life there feels.
Inspiration: Whether the city feels like a pleasant or difficult place to live.
Food and drink: If the city is somewhere you can eat and drink well without breaking the bank.
Community: Whether local neighborhoods were rated highly.
Sociability: Whether the city felt welcoming or isolating.
Affordability: Whether people could generally get by OK.
BY THE WAY, If you plan to be in Chicago, please keep me posted. We can do Coffee or lunch or simply stop at my office to talk business after a quick drive on Lake Shore Drive. I assure you that you'll never see Chicago or a City the same way again. While I hold other Midwest Cities close to my heart (e.g., Milan, Battle Creek and Ann Arbor in Michigan, and Minneapolis), CHICAGO the adopted home of the first Black/Biracial US President or First Family (Obama/Obamas), the Richest Black Woman in the World (Oprah) and the best player of all times (Michael Jordan) will always hold a special place in my heart for readily opening its arms to me and making me feel at home, and making me feel like an adopted child and a sportsman for games like Baseball and Hockey even when I never did before. Well done, Chicago and Chicagoans...
Dr. Pete Lorins is the Chief Editor of LorinsPOST.com. This article is sponsored by LORINS.biz
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