Ask ChicagoNow: What makes Chicago the best city in the world?

Ask ChicagoNow: What makes Chicago the best city in the world?

ChicagoNow is a group of bloggers from all sorts of different backgrounds. One thing that helps tie them all together? Chicago.

With so much collective experience with the city, we’ve decided to put that knowledge to use by posing some of the oldest and most popular questions about Chicago to the group.

What makes Chicago the best city in the world?

“No way can you put that moniker on only one city. But it’s certainly in my Top 3: Chicago, NYC and Austin, TX. I love Chicago for its spectacular architecture, the Joffrey and the Goodman and Steppenwolf and the Chicago Symphony, Willis Tower (I worked there for 15 years, and it’s still Sears Tower to me), the fact that it’s in the midwest but not landlocked, the quality news coverage and the incredible ethnic diversity – which begets, if nothing else – great restaurants!” — Michelle Babicz, Planet Michelle

“Just to name a few reasons: Our beautiful lakefront, architecture, riverwalk, the best theater, the top foodie city, our arts, museums and diverse neighborhoods.” — Carole Kuhrt Brewer, Show Me Chicago

“Chicago is the best city in the world because I live here.” — Kim Cavill, Sex Positive Parent

“Lakefront, lakefront, and lakefront”. — Confessions of a Coffeholic!

“Chicago is the best city in the world because it is the most affordable relative to the level of livability and world class culture we have here.” — Helaine Karlin Krysik, Adventures of a Mom Entrepreneur

“Chicago is the best city because not only do we have life and public transportation all day and night…but we also have alleys — glorious alleys! — in our city centre.” — Nicolle Neulist, Picks & Ponderings

“There is always something to do! We have great architectural landmarks, food, skyline, sports teams and from my experience with NY, the people are more friendly and helpful.” — Sabrina Nixon, Purple Reigns: How to Live a Full Life with Lupus

“Chicago is the best city because it can feel small and welcoming in certain areas/neighborhoods but then there is so much to see and do with plays, sports and museums. I never want to move except for during those few weeks of negative degree temperature days!” — Susan Schulhof, Looking for the Good

“It’s great to live in Chicago. You can find neighborhoods, like mine, that feel like a small town in themselves. You can find any kind of food you want. You can go to world class museums, performances, and sporting events. And if you want to escape, it’s pretty affordable to fly to/from and Amtrak can take you pretty much anywhere in the US you’d want to go. Oh – also, it’s an incredibly beautiful city!” — Angela Soriano, less than perfect

“Chicago is the best city in the world because the people are the finest you will ever meet. Need directions, someone will walk you there. Lost your Ventra pass, a stranger will swipe their card for you. Hardworking, real people that you would like to have a cold beer with in a local tavern. Hearty winter survivors that go without coats when it’s 40 degrees. Diverse neighborhoods, street festivals, BYOB restaurants, gorgeous lakefront, softball leagues and bridges on the Chicago River. World-class architecture, lower Wacker Drive, the Wrigley building, an emerald green river on St. Patrick’s Day and children in bathing suits squealing in Crown Fountain in the summer. Bridal parties being photographed at the Bean, famous hot dogs, the L, a skyline that’s postcard perfect, O’Hare International Airport, Wrigley Field and multi-colored tulips on Michigan Avenue in April. Steakhouses, the Art Institute of Chicago’s Impressionists’ collection, the Blackhawks logo, Marshall Field’s clock, the old Water Tower and our ever present ‘Big Shoulders.’ We have it all.” — Very Terry

“Because Chicago is real. Don’t believe me? Just Google ‘Celebrities talk about Chicago.’ You’ll hear two things. How great our food is. And how, when they come here, they don’t have to pretend. They can just be. Of course, most of them don’t stay. ‘Just being’ ain’t easy. But it’s more than worth it.” — James Warda, Where Are We Going So Fast?

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Lead image via Alyssa Pointer/Chicago Tribune

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