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Get to know River North

In calculating Chicago amenities, you should know that anything in River North is going to be at least 20 percent hipper. The people will be more stylish, listen to cooler music, and have a better knowledge of both up-and-coming visual artists and Portuguese wines. Night or day, River North always has something going on. The artsy side of Chicago blossomed in the abandoned factories along the river (to the west and south) and the dining scene along the Miracle Mile (the eastern border) grew more interesting and eclectic as it pushed into River North. It’s a pedestrian-friendly area, and you'll find the neighborhood's residents out and about, supporting the many cafes, the funky boutiques, and some of the city’s best nightclubs.

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Living in Chicago

There may be people who live in Chicago who do not love Chicago, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find one of them. From the shores of Lake Michigan to the sprawling suburbs, Chicago is a global metropolis that still manages to be Midwestern friendly. The city has some 600 parks, and 18.5 miles of trail along the shore of the lake and another lining the rivers of downtown. The food is among the best and most varied in the world. Museums and performance venues abound, and public art fills green space and public squares. Public transportation is easy, as is reaching either U.S. coast in half a day. Even in the midst of its notoriously frigid winters, you won’t find a warmer city to call home.