Chicago, Illinois is definitely the greatest city in the Midwest. A huge culturally rich mega-metropolis, this city has it all, from entertainment, to food, to sites, to shopping to just hanging out in nature. Located off the coast of Lake Michigan, Chicago is home to around 2.8 million people and is the third biggest T.V. market in the United States. Also home to the Chicago Stock Exchange, Chicago is very productive producing over $500 billion a year in gross domestic product. Chicago is a major player connecting all that is great with big city life and Midwestern values and lifestyles to create a hip, family strong, culturally and artistically rich city unlike any I have visited.
When looking at what makes a city great three things come to mind, location, the entertainment and the food. Two out of three isn’t bad and better than any other Midwestern state I can think of, and I don’t even live in Chicago. Featuring a rich T.V. and Independent and Major Studio film presence along with famed sport franchises such as the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, and the Chicago Blackhawks you won’t be without excitement. Include all the music clubs, jazz clubs, special events, and don’t forgot about the legendary Theatres in Chicago and you’ll never go bored.
The food is fabulous, featuring numerous world renowned restaurants and chefs who make Chicago home, along with a rich cultural heritage that provides endless menu options. Even for vegans like me, the city is home to top-notch vegan restaurants making it a rarity on that aspect alone for Midwest cities.
The hotels and shopping downtown are amazing as is the architecture and skyline, which features the forever towering Willis Tower (Sears Building) which now hosts a glass walk out room that allows you to experience the life Lando Calrissian must have had. Chicago is also home to numerous museums and art exhibits and also a number of festivals and other neighborhood events that really showcase the diversity of the city.
If you love big cities please visit this link to explore all the amazing things Chicago has to offer, just remember to bring your winter clothes because it gets really cold. Not just any kind of cold either, but a vicious wind driven artic cold that makes the folks of Chicago amongst some of the toughest in America. You could just visit in the summer and spring which is one of the best times, but to experience Chicago in the fall and winter is a magical experience, especially around the holidays.