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Get to know The Loop

Downtown Chicago is synonymous with the Loop, the country’s second-largest commercial area. All things Chicago begin here, from the history and the public transportation to the government and the literal street map. It’s a skyscraper-filled area bordered by the Chicago River and Lake Michigan and it's home to the city’s most notable cultural and commercial enterprises. To live in the Loop is to live Chicago at its finest. The Loop is walkable in all weather, with running paths and bike trails everywhere you look, with a ‘round-the-clock menu of retail and recreation. It is convenient to that seriously Great Lake (with beaches and other assorted amusements), which in combination with its wide rivers give the central city a great boating culture. The downtown dining scene is incredible, its museums unmatched, its arts vibrant, and its public spaces clean and green — though winters can be a little cold if you’re not used to them.
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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, thanks in part to a culture fed by Poles and Greeks and Mexicans and Vietnamese as well as a hundred other ethnicities. 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.

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