Love / Hate Relationship

Written on Sunday, October 26, 2008 by Deeze

Chicago and I have this love/hate relationship. Sometimes I'm happy here, sometimes I'm not. I believe sometime in the somewhat near future, I'm going to make a change, but where and when I have no idea. I'll see where my business takes me. I have a time and a plan in my head, but we'll see if it works out. While doing some business planning last night, I came up was just thinking about how much I love and hate Chicago at the same time.

I love it because:

  • This is where I was born and raised
  • This is where my mom and some of my friends are
  • The summertime is absolutely wonderful. Chicago is the perfect city for about 3 months out of the year to live in.
  • There is ALWAYS something to do, even free and cheap stuff
  • Chicago has a lot of cultural things to do, especially in the warmer months
  • Just because it's cold, life doesn't stop
  • Chicago has some of Nations best colleges i.e. Northwestern, U of Chicago, DePaul, Loyola
  • Strong multi-industry job market
  • It's easy to have fun dates here if you can find a quality woman to date because of the assortment of options of places to go

I hate it because:

  • The 'City of Chicago' is full of s#!* with taxes, and traffic tickets have completely gotten out of control
  • Segregation of this city is insane. I have to live downtown or up north to enjoy things of quality without having to drive for miles.
  • The traffic is insane at any random time of the day or night. Each night when I leave from teaching about 7 or 730, you would think it's 5 in the evening because traffic isn't moving. WTF?
  • December thru March. The weather is miserable!
  • Property is sky high in comparison to what you get. For a LITTLE more reasonable pricing, I'd have to move out of the loop areas. For me, living on the northside is ABSOLUTELY out of the question. I would never live anywhere north of Division because I don't feel comfortable there since there are not too many people that look like me in that side of town. My other options are the middle of nowhere (aka the burbs) or the southside and westside to get substandard stuff such as shopping, restaurants, bars, poor schools, among other things.
  • This is not a very good place to find a date (from a guy's perspective) unless I was interested in interracial dating. Some of us have gotten lucky, but it's definitely not a 'guys market' here as stated from many guys from here and visited here.

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