Stunning Chicago

  • beaujangle

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    Aug 22, 2015 3:55 PM GMT
    wow, its architecture looks more stunning than nyc's

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    Aug 22, 2015 4:14 PM GMT
    Home of Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, Chicago is pretty much the birthplace of modern architecture.

  • ChicagoSteve

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    Aug 22, 2015 10:10 PM GMT
    Speaking as someone who was born and grew up here, Chicago is pretty awesome. Very, very clean for a big city. This is the best time of year to be here, summer is fantastic, with all the festivals and the lakefront. Just today, I went over to North Ave Beach for a while(This is about a 10 minute walk from my apartment). It is beautiful here today(sunny and in the low 80s). Downside is high cost of living and taxesicon_sad.gif

  • gymnerd

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    Aug 23, 2015 1:56 AM GMT
    I'm in the burbs right now. One of these trips I need to take a day and see the real city...
  • roadbikeRob

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    Aug 23, 2015 2:07 PM GMT
    beaujangle saidwow, its architecture looks more stunning than nyc's

    Chicago is the birthplace of the modern skyscraper and is still a major hub of architectural creativity and design. It has even attracted a major Chinese investor/developer who is supposed to start work next year on a super tall skyscraper known as the Wanda Vista Tower near the city's lakefront. According to the Chicago Architectural blog, the site of this future 89 story mixed use tower is already seeing clearance and preparation activity. icon_biggrin.gif
  • leanandclean

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    Aug 23, 2015 3:27 PM GMT
    Utterly brutal winters.
  • FRE0

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    Aug 23, 2015 10:22 PM GMT
    Stratosphericly expensive hotels.
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    Aug 24, 2015 1:28 AM GMT
    leanandclean saidUtterly brutal winters.
    +1billionty gazillion

    I spent a little over a year there and would literally kill myself if I had to move back.
  • ChicagoSteve

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    Aug 24, 2015 2:31 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    leanandclean saidUtterly brutal winters.
    +1billionty gazillion

    I spent a little over a year there and would literally kill myself if I had to move back.


    Was it over the winter of 2013/2014? That was truly awful! Two months straight of below zero temps. That was an unusually bad winter, it's not normally that brutal.
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    Aug 24, 2015 3:32 AM GMT
    Its good that the architecture is designed to hide the bullet holes.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Aug 24, 2015 1:15 PM GMT
    mx5guynj saidIts good that the architecture is designed to hide the bullet holes.
    Now you are generalizing the whole city as dangerous and that is just not so. Most of the violence is occurring on the city's south side and inside its most notorious public housing projects. Otherwise, Chicago isn't all that bad if you stay out of the troubled neighborhoods primarily in the southern half of the city.
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    Aug 24, 2015 5:08 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob said
    mx5guynj saidIts good that the architecture is designed to hide the bullet holes.
    Now you are generalizing the whole city as dangerous and that is just not so. Most of the violence is occurring on the city's south side and inside its most notorious public housing projects. Otherwise, Chicago isn't all that bad if you stay out of the troubled neighborhoods primarily in the southern half of the city.


    Add the West Side, and parts of the NW side to the list of 'hoods to avoid. And, train in and out to avoid the exorbitant parking rates everywhere and anywhere that a meter can be placed.icon_mad.gif
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    Aug 24, 2015 8:25 PM GMT
    ChicagoSteve said
    paulflexes said
    leanandclean saidUtterly brutal winters.
    +1billionty gazillion

    I spent a little over a year there and would literally kill myself if I had to move back.


    Was it over the winter of 2013/2014? That was truly awful! Two months straight of below zero temps. That was an unusually bad winter, it's not normally that brutal.
    Winter of 1990-1991. That was also an unusually bad winter, with two solid weeks of temps below -20F, and over two months of subzero temps. It was so cold for so long that when the sun finally came out, I was driving with the windows down and sunroof open till I saw a bank clock that said 13F. I was like icon_eek.gif
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    Aug 24, 2015 11:11 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    ChicagoSteve said
    paulflexes said
    leanandclean saidUtterly brutal winters.
    +1billionty gazillion

    I spent a little over a year there and would literally kill myself if I had to move back.


    Was it over the winter of 2013/2014? That was truly awful! Two months straight of below zero temps. That was an unusually bad winter, it's not normally that brutal.
    Winter of 1990-1991. That was also an unusually bad winter, with two solid weeks of temps below -20F, and over two months of subzero temps. It was so cold for so long that when the sun finally came out, I was driving with the windows down and sunroof open till I saw a bank clock that said 13F. I was like icon_eek.gif


    Anyone who knows better this is not the place to live! We get all the snowbirds here in the winter.....summer...like chill naked already and stop whining....
  • roadbikeRob

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    Aug 25, 2015 1:32 PM GMT
    Chicago is definitely not alone with dealing with weather woes caused by old man winter. Many other northern cities like Milwaukee, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Toledo, Cleveland, Buffalo, Rochester, Providence, Boston, and even both Newark and New York City all can get bitterly cold during the winter. If you want more frigid cold than check out Montana, the Dakotas, Minnesota and the most well known of them all, Green Bay, Wisconsin.
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    Aug 26, 2015 4:33 AM GMT
    More stunning than NYC? That's a matter of taste, though I will say all the supertall billionaire towers are now messing up Manhattan's skyline so you might be right.

    As for the Chicago winters I'm a native Chicagoan turned New Yorker; the past few winters here have been as bad as some of the recent brutal winters in Chicago.... except for the crazy Chiberia winter a few years ago but the Big Apple came close with -20 degree wind chills during that arctic blast- had me planning a move to basically anywhere where the winters are warmer. The snowfall amounts in Boston and Buffalo though last year made Chicago look not that bad.
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    Aug 26, 2015 4:34 AM GMT
    i love Chicago. One of my favourite US cities. Maybe only in summer.. icon_cool.gif
  • FRE0

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    Aug 26, 2015 7:24 PM GMT
    hairyandym saidi love Chicago. One of my favourite US cities. Maybe only in summer.. icon_cool.gif


    Only in summer? The summers in Chicago are hot and humid.