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Saturday 31 October 2020
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My Chicago: What place in the city represents true Chicago?

THE QUESTION: What place in the city represents true Chicago?

“I love going running through Lincoln Park Zoo. There is an area that bows out over a pond and you can see the entire city skyline, the pond and the zoo. It is on the nature boardwalk. It feels like I am in a very remote area, yet the city is still at my fingertips.”

— Jamie Barnett

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“I’d say Lake Shore Drive because it leads you to everything: Millennium Park, Soldier Field, the museums, Navy Pier and Michigan Avenue. If you want to see the best skyline in the U.S., Lake Shore will show you all of it.”

— Naima Wilson

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“The United Center. That’s Chicago to me. The best years I’ve ever experienced in Chicago was 1990-96, watching the Bulls. That was the best time in this city.”

— Luis Acevedo


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“The El, especially when you see the view of the skyline while rumbling through the city. The Brown line at dusk has some good views. The elevated train really is Chicago.”

— Morgan, Timothy O’Toole’s

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“I would say Millennium Park because that’s where everyone gathers, and Chicago is so diverse that at Millennium Park, you can see groups of people from all over the world. The Music in the Park concerts are a great way to spend a summer evening too.”

— Lauren Wells, Timothy O’Toole’s

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“I think the River North neighborhood best represents the vibrancy, diversity and excitement that is all over the city. You can experience any kind of cuisine at any price at any time of the day or night.”

— Sharon Romack, River North Business Association

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“Definitely the lakefront. The views in the summer, coming down Lake Shore Drive or the bike path at North Avenue, you can see the architecture without being in the heart of the city.”

— Sarah, River North Business Association

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“The Sears Tower, but only if you call it the Sears Tower. I can’t bring myself to call it the Willis Tower yet. The old-school architecture of the Water Tower too. It’s classic.”

— Jeff Rosset