"Chicago is one of those cities I've rarely heard anyone say a negative thing about. Sure, all big cities have their problems, but with Chicago the positives always seem to outweigh the bad. Chicago has it all , an established public transportation system, a downtown set on a grid, neighborhood parks, lakes and rivers, and that electric energy that only happens when thousands of people from every walk of life all live within a couple of square miles. Like Manhattan, Chicago simply feels alive when you walk through it. Yet unlike Manhattan (at least for me), Chicago feels unencumbered, and more spirited."
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