There are big shoulders but also big brains
Elite universities are rooted in Chicago, such as The University of Chicago, Northwestern University, DePaul University, the Art Institute Chicago, Illinois University, etc. -- without the elitism. You can have a great conversation with somebody from one of these schools without feeling like they’re from American Psycho.
Chicago grants poetic license
Influential writers like Upton Sinclair, Carl Sandburg, Theodore Dreiser, and Erik Larson, for example, framed Chicago -- a savior, criminal, or passive bystander -- as a symbol of America at large. Chicago is a monument of commerce, but it’s still wholesome in deciding who it wants to and can be, making it a model literary city to explore American’s various cultural currents.