Tuesday, July 29, 2008

No Better Place to Be ... In the Summer

People I know often ask, why Chicago? Something in my mind tells me that I have to give a long list justifying why I have chosen to live in Chicago. I don’t feel like my friends in New York or Los Angeles get this question as often. And if so, perhaps they can answer with a little more arrogance. Chicago is a great city, I tell them, but its people aren’t the bragging type. Chicagoans also seem to appreciate fun and efficiency over what’s flashy and trendy. Chicagoans tend to be straight forward. Perhaps this is why I like living here. So I give the long laundry-list answer about the world-class architecture; cleanliness of the streets, beauty of the Chicago River and beaches, accessibility of public transportation, diversity of restaurants, extraordinary museums and parks, Wrigley Field, the Bears, and so on and so forth. Yet all those things wouldn’t mean a thing if I didn’t like the people. I think this is why most residents I meet are so proud of Chicago. I have had the privilege of working as a doorman and bellman in one of Chicago’s best hotels and the visitors all seem to say the same thing: we love Chicago and we’ll be back.


I first discovered this trend four years ago while working at a fancy hotel in Aspen, Colo. Many Chicagoans liked to visit Aspen and they all seemed to have the same twinkle in their eye and pride in their praise of the Windy City. It all seemed so uncharacteristically positive that I took a long weekend in May 2005 to see it for myself. That was all I needed. If I had visited in the winter it might have been a different story. After all, there are not a lot of ski slopes close to Chicago. Yet, the winters fade away and the beautiful summers like this one remind me of Frank Sinatra’s lyrics, “Each time I leave, Chicago is tugging my sleeve.”


If you haven’t visited Chicago, I suggest you do. You may be pleasantly surprised. Today the Chicago Tribune wrote a story titled, “For better or for worse,” about a survey that found Chicagoans to be the happiest with their city compared to 14 other big cities across the globe. The survey was conducted by Veolia Environnement SA, a Paris-based environmental-services firm that is moving its headquarters to Chicago. I am not sure the validity of this survey. But I am sure most people who are in Chicago right now are glad that they’re here.

6 comments:

DianaCats said...

Interesting... If someday the USA Embassy finally realize that I only want to go to USA to visit some relatives and travel, and not to stay for work or live - which is true, and finally give me my visa, I probably stop a couple days at Chicago. Nice pics!!

Brett Garamella said...

Hi Diana, I am sure you'd love Chicago. The people are very friendly just like Medellin. If you ever get a visa let me know and I'll show you the city... but don't come in the winter, it's too COLD!

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