1. We preserve our historical buildings
Chicago is an oasis of history. From buildings that survived the Chicago fire to vintage estates built by wealthy families, there are a number of structures that have withstood the test of time that we try to keep in tact. One is this castle-looking piece of architecture that is currently a nightclub.
2. Our sports teams are champions
The Sox and Cubs both won the World Series in recent memory, and the Black Hawks regularly take home the Stanley Cup. The Bears have their moments, and the Bulls always have a strong following throughout the Midwest.
3. We host some of the top festivals in the country
From Lollapalooza to Taste of Chicago, there are a plethora of festivals that take place in the city throughout the year. Most are in the summer when you can find celebrations for anything from BBQ to music to culture.
4. Our eats are nationally known
Over time, Chicago has become the coolest city in part due to its iconic foods. Hot dogs with mustard, deep dish pizza, Italian beef, and more keep people coming from all around.
5. We're proud of our green space
One of the things that shocks first-time visitors to Chicago is all the greenery. There are dozens of parks, tree-lined streets, and gardens that keep the air clean and the views lovely.
6. Many companies call us home
From Boeing to Kraft Heinz, our city is important to many national companies. People flock to the Chicago to work at these places, making us a great land of opportunity for all.
7. We pride ourselves on unique experiences
Dine at Alinea, ride the Ferris Wheel, or view the city from the top of the tallest building. Chicago is brimming with memorable experiences you can't find anywhere else.
8. Our museums are incredibly popular
Whether you like to learn about history, sea animals, or science, there's at least one museum in Chicago you won't want to miss. The most popular include the Field Museum and Adler Planetarium, but don't forget about the Oriental Museum and the Art Institute.
9. There's abstract art eveywhere
Around just about every corner is art to be found in Chicago, making it not only the coolest city in the Midwest but also the most beautiful. You can find the pictured statue outside Navy Pier.
10. We utilize our part of the lake to the fullest
A huge part of Chicago's greatness comes from Lake Michigan. We wouldn't be here were it not for this grand body of water, and we try to get near it every chance we get. There are beaches, Navy Pier, Lake Shore Drive, and so much more to explore.
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