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Average Ratings:
Artisticness: 4.1    Calmness: 2.2    Helpfulness: 3.4   
Intellectualness: 3.7    Neatness: 2.8    Outgoingness: 4.2   
Average Resident Personality Test Scores:
Artisticness: 3.12    Calmness: 3.05    Helpfulness: 2.96   
Intellectualness: 3.18    Neatness: 3.28    Outgoingness: 3.25   


Name: | Age: 23 | Gender: Male | ZIP: | Resident for: 6 months | Added on: 2006-04-15
Artisticness: 3   Calmness: 3   Helpfulness: 3   Intelligence: 3   Neatness: 3   Outgoingness: 4   
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What do you like about Chicago? Beautiful architecture, great big-city atmosphere, friendly people, great museums and community centers, history, pretty natural setting (the river and the lake) nice suburbs, Northwestern University, pizerria uno and due, shopping, especially marshall fields, great theater
What do you dislike about Chicago? the weather, especially in winter, can be terrible, the wind can be bone-chilling, especially on the lake, the city is quite pricey
What are your favorite parts of the city to live and/or hang out in? Definitely the Loop, with all the great restaurants and shops, and its in the middle of all the cultural centers too, museums and theater
How expensive is it? Nothing unexpected for a big city, quite pricey, especially to like in the loop.
Is it safe? No different than big American cities-you just have to be smart
How is the weather? basic midwestern, bad winters, summers are sometimes really bad, but spring, fall, and parts of summer are great
Additional thoughts? This city is really alive, its very cosmopolitan and diverse like new york but not quite as big, which may appeal to a lot of people

Name: | Age: 28 | Gender: Female | ZIP: | Resident for: 2 years | Added on: 2005-09-22
Artisticness: 4   Calmness: 2   Helpfulness: 5   Intelligence: 4   Neatness: 3   Outgoingness: 5   
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What do you like about Chicago?
Food, youth culture, can-do attitude, small neighborhood vibe in city big enought to feel like a city. The grid system of the streets, the alleyway system behind the buildings, Myopic books, Association House of Chicago, the kindness of strangers, Margie's Candies, the social work, the craft scene, Sultan's Market, the Diversy Rock and Bowl, Target, Marshalls, living in a big city where you can easily and happily be a pedestrian, driver or cyclist. NPR!

What do you dislike about Chicago?
The socio-economic divide, the lack of funding for those in need, the gentrification, the horrible crispy-crust pizza, the lack of a more contemporary and established art scene, the lack of interesting and discerning art galleries. Oh, and the lack being so polluted that there were weeks of the summer were it was too dangerous to swim.

What are your favorite parts of the city to live and/or hang out in?
Logan Square, Wicker Park, North Chicago, Damen St... these are the bits I knew well, but I think Chicago has so many interesting neighborhoods, all with something to offer

How expensive is it?
Can be really expensive but can also be really reasonable. Much better than NYC in this respect. One of the cheaper decent cities I've ever lived in.

Is it safe?
A lot of folks would tell you no, as there's so much gang activity. But I was there 2 years and was never the victim of crime. I did work with kids, immigrants and the illiterate however, and they did tell me a lot of stories about the crimes they'd experienced/witnessed- its certainly not perfect.

How is the weather?
You need to love extremes- Hot all heck in the summers and just as cold in the winter. The wind really does whip down those long straight streets. But the seasonal change is great, and spring is so fantastically welcome.

Additional thoughts?
Chicago has a special vibe, its like no other.

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