October 06, 2004


Well, our time in Chicago is coming to an end, after 9 months. I will dearly miss it. Steph tells why (more here). It's odd: I've never liked cities; I've always preferred the country, even to suburbs. Yet here I am in the heart of one of the largest US cities, and I love it.

There are more green spaces here than in Dallas, and the presence of the lake means a lot of fountains. There are more parks in a smaller area than in Dallas. You can live downtown here: there are restaurants, places to buy things (everything from Sears to specialty boutiques - no Wal Mart or Target stores, though, downtown), universities, museums, a zoo, Wrigley Field and more and more and more - all within a relatively small area, that you can easily get around walking or taking the very safe and convenient public transportation. It's as if all of the good attractions of the DFW area were crammed into an area the size of DFW airport.

And the weather is much, much better.

I'm going to miss Chicago.

Posted by Jeff at October 6, 2004 04:16 PM | Link Cosmos

That's funny, I moved down to Dallas from up there, and while Chitown is nice, I would NEVER say:
"And the weather is much, much better". I dont miss that part of the Midwest at all....

Posted by: Oscar on October 6, 2004 08:16 PM

The weather is BETTER? In CHICAGO? C'mon!!

Posted by: belml on October 7, 2004 10:52 AM

We had an unusually mild winter last winter. And we had a California summer. So Jeff really lucked out. IMO the only place that has consistently worse weather in the country that we do in Chicago is the Texas panhandle.

Posted by: Dave Schuler on October 7, 2004 11:14 AM

Dave - got it in one! There was a C&W song popular years ago "Happiness is Lubbock Texas in the Rear View Mirror." And weather is a big part of it.

Posted by: Oscar on October 7, 2004 02:33 PM

You, Steph and my husband love the weather in the midwest.


I like it fine here. In fact, if I never see snow again, I would be perfectly happy. Perfectly.

Posted by: Susie on October 8, 2004 06:18 PM

No, really! In TX, the crappy weather is from heat, and lasts 8 months. In Chicago, the crappy weather is from cold, and lasts about 4 months. You can always put on more clothes to get warm, but there's a limit to what you can remove to cool down.

Posted by: Jeff on October 8, 2004 08:08 PM
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