11. Local sports fans that are the appropriate level of rabid
Chicago is home to some of the most dominant and storied franchises in sports. Even if they’re not winning, the teams have such a compelling history that being a fan means being part of a rich tradition. Head to the East Coast and you’ll get beat over the head by sports talk radio clones; head to the West Coast and you’ll experience sports agnosticism.
12. Come as you are
Chicago is a city where you can dress however you want. Where they do exist, dress codes are usually pretty reasonable. And if you do want to strut your stuff, no one looks down at you.
13. Everyone’s an underdog
“Second City,” you say? Chicagoans have a bit of a chip on our shoulders when it comes to our city. But that just gets us to work harder. And for those of us that choose to stay, we know there’s no place we’d rather be.
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Mike Ewing is a journalist based in Chicago. He writes love notes to Chicago and newsy things @miketewing.