America’s Second City has all the excitement of a big east metropolis, melded with down-home mid-west values.
So if you want the excitement of a large urban city with a reasonable cost-of-living, look no further than the City of Big Shoulders (for some reason Chicago has more nicknames than P-Diddy).
The rent’s way cheaper than NYC, the city is clean and you’re always within walking distance from bucolic parks – since you like that kind of thing. People forget that Chicago also has beaches, 29 miles of it and they are swimmable. And since you’re into culture, museums and theater – this is a city with a world-class art culture. And don’t forget to grab a deep dish pizza on your way home.