Chicago has a big appetite for everything-food, architecture, culture, sports, shopping and nightlife. It´s been said that it has everything New York has to offer, just cleaner.

Your experience living in Chicago will depend on your ZIP code. From Uptown to Hyde Park, East Garfield to the Loop, each of the city’s 77 official community areas brings a unique personality. The summer’s festivals, fireworks and beach afternoons shift to ice skating, zoo lights and holiday cheer in the winter months – with a mix of a warming spring and a colorful fall in between. The expansive Museum Campus is second to none, the beloved Cubbies never fail to entertain and the various festivals are seemingly never-ending.

Chicago residents exude Midwestern friendliness, offering “hellos” and “good mornings” to passers-by – as long as the weather’s warm. Most people stay polite through the holiday season, but after that, all bets are off. As the weather begins to border on unbearably cold, Chicago residents lose their patience, acting as if they’re in a hurry to be somewhere – whether or not that’s actually the case.

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