It’s that time of year again.
Puffy coats and winter boots abound. Looks of disgust litter the morning commute. My widget looks something like this:
Yep, it’s winter in Chicago (or feels like it). That means we’ve all started asking ourselves, “Why do we live here?”
The only reasonable answer: Love. We must love this city. Why else would we put up with the cold, semi-abusive side of our city’s personality?
Chicago Magazine lists its 40 Reasons to Love Chicago online, revealing a different reason each day. I have to admit, I expected this to be a tired “Things Chicagoans like” list, featuring the likes of Wilco and Chicago-style pizza. (Sounds sorta like Stuff White People Like, no?) I haven’t read the print version, but I assume the full list is there, in case you’re the impatient type.
However, so far, there are a lot of unexpected, interesting reasons that had me nodding my head. Like #11 The Interview Show. And #4 Elston Avenue. And #23 tasty neighborhood foods. I’m sure there will be a few “duhs” in there.
And I’m interested to see what is in store for #32: Because everyone needs a Wilco holds. Because a list about Chicago rarely avoids Chicago’s sweetheart band.
Be sure to keep this list handy. You’ll need a reminder of why Chicago is a great city when it’s snowing in March.