which is a better city: Chicago or New York?

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  1. crazyquik

    crazyquik Senior member

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    Which is a better city? Does Chicago offer most of the good points of New York, along with being cheaper, having a current US President, and not having to stumble over unemployed bankers on the way to work?

     


  2. singhstyle

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    In my opinion, New York City. Chicago has a lot of history, but I have tons of friends who interned in Chicago and they liked it for the financial analyst aspect. Its a booming business center. Now, NYC pertains to every aspect of a person's life. Bars, Gyms, very fast paced life overall. Also, if you left the NYC area, there are still a lot of cities to go to, Princeton, trenton, Philly, D.C. Once youre in Chicago, you cannot really go to any other cities that provide as much entertainment or opportunities as those on the East Coast or even West coast.
     


  3. rnoldh

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    Should be a poll.

    I lived in NYC through HS, and I loved it.

    Of course that was long ago and I had nothing to compare it to.

    I still think it's an amazing place to visit and I would recommend it to anyone for a visit.

    I'm on Houston, Tx. now and I wouldn't move back to NYC.

    I've only traveled through Chicago and it seemed very appealing but I don't know enough about it to answer your question.

    A lot would depend on how you define "better".

    If better is defined as cost of living and accessibility to good health care, Houston would beat both of them. If better entails, nightlife, beauty, cultural aspects, etc., then Houston would come in # 3.
     


  4. Connemara

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    In my opinion, New York City. Chicago has a lot of history, but I have tons of friends who interned in Chicago and they liked it for the financial analyst aspect. Its a booming business center. Now, NYC pertains to every aspect of a person's life. Bars, Gyms, very fast paced life overall. Also, if you left the NYC area, there are still a lot of cities to go to, Princeton, trenton, Philly, D.C. Once youre in Chicago, you cannot really go to any other cities that provide as much entertainment or opportunities as those on the East Coast or even West coast.
    That's true. Chicago doesn't have a close network of other major cultural centers like NYC does (the Boston to NY to Philly to D.C. corridor). Then again, with air travel, it's not exactly hard to get anywhere in the U.S.
     


  5. JayJay

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    I spend a lot of time in both cities but a lot more in Chicago than NYC. Although I really love Chicago, NYC is the better, IMO.
     


  6. yachtie

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    Chicago, hands down. Fortunately the threat of weather keeps the wimpy coasties away.

    And remember, when the ice caps melt it'll still be 420' above sea level. [​IMG]
     


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    Should be a poll.

    I lived in NYC through HS, and I loved it.

    Of course that was long ago and I had nothing to compare it to.

    I still think it's an amazing place to visit and I would recommend it to anyone for a visit.

    I'm on Houston, Tx. now and I wouldn't move back to NYC.

    I've only traveled through Chicago and it seemed very appealing but I don't know enough about it to answer your question.

    A lot would depend on how you define "better".

    If better is defined as cost of living and accessibility to good health care, Houston would beat both of them. If better entails, nightlife, beauty, cultural aspects, etc., then Houston would come in # 3.

    Houston? You must like driving and strip malls.
     


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    That's true. Chicago doesn't have a close network of other major cultural centers like NYC does (the Boston to NY to Philly to D.C. corridor). Then again, with air travel, it's not exactly hard to get anywhere in the U.S.
    And flying is just so convenient these days.
     


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    Although I've heard many good things about Chicago, I've never been. I'd really like to check it out though. So for now anyway, NYC gets my nod.
     


  10. kwilkinson

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    Although I've heard many good things about Chicago, I've never been. I'd really like to check it out though.
    You should come. I love it.
    Might want to wait a few months though...
     


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    In terms of academia (i am super geek boy, so this $hit concerns me)... i tend to think University of Chicago is better than Columbia and NYU. Although Columbia and UofC are pretty close. ok.. just my 2 cents. More Nobel Prizes in Economics out of Univ Chicago than anywhere else. [​IMG]
     


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    Houston? You must like driving and strip malls.

    More so than State and City income taxes. Also housing prices that are literally a fraction of NYC housing costs.

    There are trade offs anywhere you live. Houston may not be the best place, but it's consistently voted the most liveable ( or close to it ) big city to live in the USA.
     


  13. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    NYC is more global, Chicago better represents the heartland of America.
     


  14. crazyquik

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    NYC is more global, Chicago better represents the heartland of America.

    And yet, the people are so provincial
     


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    I grew up in Chicago and have only visited NY. From that I think that Chicago is cleaner, safer and the people are more to my liking. Brooklyn Heights was really nice though.
     


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