Well, detractors and killjoys dismiss Chicago as the "Second City" but others, including myself, regard it as the quintessential American city for its geographical setting (situated between the Great Lakes and the prairie) and the pivotal role it has played in industry (e.g. retail, meatpacking, transportation), culture (jazz & blues), architecture and ideas (think Chicago School of economics). Â Here's a brief list of where Chicago comes out on top in my book, an obviously subjective list for the most part: Â (1) Best RTW/MTM suit made in America - Oxxford, based in the West Loop of Chicago (2) Best restaurant in America - Charlie Trotter's (3) Best symphony in America - Chicago Symphony Orchestra (with strenuous objections from Boston, NY Phil, Philadelphia, Cleveland Orch duly noted) (4) Most intellectual student body and campus in America - University of Chicago
(5) Best hot dog in America - Chicago style
(w/sliced pickle, onions, peppers) (6) Tallest building in America - Sears Tower So welcome to Chicago
and enjoy what it has to offer. Â And I forgot to mention Wrigley gum and Tootsie Rolls.