Another Reason...not to live in Chicago
I live in Chicago. East Rogers Park, at the most northeast end of the city. I live on a Lake Michigan beach and have gorgeous views of water (east) and coastline (south). The building I live in has charm, character and a generous community. I pay a modest rent for a spacious one bedroom place. Best of all, it's quiet.
On a hot July day like today, I look out my window and see beach goers, kayaks, sailboats, catamarans, and the like. It's like living on a resort.
During the winters, the snow and ice over the lake is breathtaking, and the sun rises are magnificent.
I've lived in parts of the city I wouldn't ever want to visit again. But there are areas of Chicago that are real gems. It's not all greedy politicians (fuck Rahm) and pollution and crime.
The parking meter disaster was Daley's fuckup. Now Rahm has contributed to the blood-squeeze of the citizenry. Chicago's not a perfect place and I would have been long gone had I not found the place where I live now. But Chicago still has some of the best music, food, and ethnic diversity you'll find anywhere. Don't go by the headlines to find out what Chicago has to offer. Dig a little deeper.