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“Anticipating the Tamale Guy outside the Hideout after a Monday night Robbie Fulks show—drinking a beer, studying the skyline, watching the city trucks rumble past.”
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“Sitting in the front L car, forehead pressed against the forward window, as the train makes its way through the Loop.”
—Hiro, Ravenswood
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“Descending into O’Hare at night and seeing our illuminated street grid. The major streets, glowing bright and orange from their sodium bulbs, resemble rivers of molten iron.”
—Luke, Ravenswood
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“Coming into the city from the east, my heart always skips a beat.”
—Daniela Weiner
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“I love Chicago for all of its wonderful neighborhoods. You can find different experiences everywhere you go. ”
—Scott Perlman
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“Moorish archways in old apartments.”
—Alysha Balog
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“Fake can't survive in this city. ”
—Susan Cornett
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“The rich and unique culture that has been created by many immigrants. Chicago is very welcoming to everyone regardless of your background. ”
—Scarlett Rose
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“Protests together. Parties Together. #whyilovechicagoin4words”
—Kat Badly @katbadly
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“Frank Lloyd Wright homes #whyilovechicagoin4words”
—Tim Voss @tvoss64
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“Growing up with Jordan #whyilovechicagoin4words”
—Joseph Pazerunas - @joeyjumpropz
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“Sharkula... in the parkula #WhyILoveChicagoIn4Words”
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“It's not Evanston, Bruh #WhyILoveChicagoIn4Words ”
—Vickie Eisenstein @vickielronstone
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“B.Y.O.B #WhyILoveChicagoIn4Words”
—Matt Pais @mattpais
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“Watching people drink Malört #WhyILoveChicagoIn4Words”
—Thomas H. Ptáček @tqbf
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“Big apartments, cheap rent #WhyILoveChicagoIn4Words”
—Travis Paul Martin @tpmstyle
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“Fries with mild sauce :) #WhyILoveChicagoIn4Words”
—Lynette Smith @lsmith_918
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“Lakeshore, whatever the weather #Fries with mild sauce :) #WhyILoveChicagoIn4Words”
—Brenda Kay Zylstra @bkzylstra
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“It's a sanctuary city #WhyILoveChicagoIn4Words”
—Denise Du Vernay @duve
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“Cubbies and Bears. They bring me a lotta joy! ”
—Missy Diaz
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“My very affordable rent #whyILoveChicagoin4words ”
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“The CTA holiday train.”
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“Elotes vendors.”
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“Handmade tortillas at Maxwell Street Market.”
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“BYO restaurants.”
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“Inflatable-toy vendors on the lakefront.”
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“Voting stations in bars.”
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“The moving walkways at O’Hare.”
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“87% voted against Trump.”
@katkatbobat , Rogers Park
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“Step, drill, bop, fam.”
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