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Old 05-31-2018, 07:06 AM   #21
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We learned about it a little this weekend actually. After the great fire, they pushed the debris into the water and built up a false waterfront, supposedly everything past Michigan Ave is new as of 100 yrs ago....what's that like 10 blocks?!? Insane how far they went with it....
Grant Park, and part of Millenium Park are build on the rubble from the Chicago fire. Streeterville was the actual garbage dump for the city.

You walked over and the river tour took you over Fort Dearborn a few times and probably never knew it.

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I'd be pissed if I had waterfront property and then they moved the waterfront 10 blocks away.
Nobody had waterfront property, the lake front was an industrial area until after the Chicago fire. There still remnants of the by gone days if you know where to look. If Chicago would have got the Olimpics more of those remnants would have been removed.

The lake front area is protected by federal law against any building east of Lake Shore Dr. It is part of the pact that gave Chicago the Fort Dearborn property.

There is one resident east of LSD, the first Mayor Daley had just a wee bit of political clot.

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Flew home from Chicago this evening after a 4 day weekend with the wife. Having never been, and having no specific itinerary, it was a blast. Between the news and other biased sources/statistics, I had definitely created a negative idea of what it would be like in my mind.

Man was I wrong.

Beautiful skyline, the ocean-like size of Lake Michigan, incredibly detailed architecture everywhere. Cars and people seem to move in unison instead of against each-other. Lake front seating in every opportunity to encourage tourists and locals to sit back and soak it all in.

If you've never been, add it to the top of your list. We wish we had gone sooner. I'm living proof that ignorance can be cured with experiences.

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I don't think I ever felt unsafe in any of the trips I took to Chicago. It's been 10 years since I moved from IL back to NJ, so maybe it wasn't so murderous back then?

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Tough to judge Chicago from a small section of neighborhoods that get more press than others.

Living 10 mins from Providence and 50 mins from Boston I can tell you both cities have pockets that you wouldn't want to be late at night. Especially Providence. 90% is filled with hipster dudes, college girls and liberal arts SJW's. The other 10% are areas when I drive through, my wife hits the door lock button on the truck. It isn't hard to tell we're not in our neck of the woods. Rows of 3 deckers 10' apart, with hundreds of shirtless dudes hanging on their porches staring down passerbys. Every other house has broken windows or is boarded up, burnt out cars and barb wire at the top of some of people's backyard chain link fences. The projects are especially nice. Most of those buildings have steel vertical bars on basement and 1st story windows and my buddy who works in the city says some of the windows have been made permanently shut...guess the tenants/landlords decided safety was a better tradeoff vs fire egress.

My point being Providence is a comparably small state capital and "major city", yet it still has it's dark shadows like any other. I mistakenly listened to the news and built Chicago up in my mind to be something it was not. In actuality, it was the most fun getaway weekend we've had in our last few trips...and I'd recommend friends and family go there at their first chance. We will definitely go back.
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I found the book, "The Devil in the White City", fascinating. The non-fiction story takes place in Chicago in the 1890s.
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I found the book, "The Devil in the White City", fascinating. The non-fiction story takes place in Chicago in the 1890s.
Is that the multiple personailty guy who murdered more people than anyone in history? He wrote a bunch of letters as one of his like 7 personalities and then they published them as a book told from himself to his other selves?

If so, book was addicting but pretty sickening at the same time. Read it a while ago.

As far as Chicago... Never had a desire. I have a friend who is there often, he brings great food from there. Good on you for bringing the good news about it not sucking. Maybe we'll visit him some time.

Thanks for the thread, good to get honest tourist opinions.
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Two great books about old time Chicago....Devil In The White City & Sin In The Second City. Both true stories.

Born there,live 30 minutes from the loop.......if traffic cooperates.
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Sorry to go political....proababy more corrupt than D.C....with ambience of course.
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Sorry to go political....proababy more corrupt than D.C....with ambience of course.
Chicago wrote the book on political currption.

Skyline, food, lake front, the loop, political currption, all second to none.

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Chicago is a great city when it comes to everything you mentioned. There are some areas you just donít want to be in.

Chicago is my hometown.

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that is pretty much anycity, anywhere
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Chicago wrote the book on political currption.

Skyline, food, lake front, the loop, political currption, all second to none.

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I thought that New Jersey wrote that book. Learn something new every day.
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I thought that New Jersey wrote that book. Learn something new every day.
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I thought that New Jersey wrote that book. Learn something new every day.
Heíll no, thatís why the governors go to prison, they didnít read the Chicago book. Chicago mayors or aldermen donít have legal problems, nobody can figure out how to catch them.

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Chicago didnít get called the Windy City because the wind blows a lot


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I didn't know that either. I'm learning a lot from this thread.
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I didn't know that either. I'm learning a lot from this thread.
A few reasons have been bantered about, from the winning of the Columbia Exposition that pissed off some New Yorkers, to a baseball rivalry with Cincinnati.

Never had anything to do with the weather/wind.

Chicago has a mayor who was assassinated, a lot of stories about that one.

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I also feel/believe that no other city in America could have pulled off/hosted the World Colombian Exposition the way Chicago did (yes, I’m from Chicago).

Two very major factors came together to make it work the way it did. The lake front and Daniel Burnham.

The Exposition brought the world the Ferris Wheel, the grounds were called the White City due to the extensive use of the electric light, a first on this scale.

Wild Bill Cody was not allowed to set up his Wild West show on the grounds, so he set up right outside the main gate.

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The traffic there sucks.

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