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Photograph: Matthew BowieOne of the iconic views of the Chicago skyline from Willis Tower.

Your guide to living in Chicago

Living in Chicago can be overwhelming. Use this guide to city life as your survival manual and you'll be a Chicago expert in no time

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Living in Chicago doesn't have to be a puzzle. The tips and secrets to the city are right at your fingertips. Whether it's navigating food staples like pizza and hot dogs, figuring out which neighborhood you should call home or knowing who to avoid on public transit, we've got the essentials to becoming a Chicago expert.

Chicago vs. New York

Chicago vs. New York

Once and for all, we are ending the debate with these 33 reasons Chicago is better than New York

18 ideas we'd steal

18 ideas we'd steal

Co-opting these events, venues and innovations from other cities would making living in Chicago even better

Chicago guilty pleasures

Chicago guilty pleasures

If loving our city's suburbs, cover bands, malls and big batch beers is wrong, we don't want to be right

Gone but not forgotten

Gone but not forgotten

These are the closed Chicago restaurants, bars, nightclubs and more that we pine for the most

Why we love Chicago

Chicago in photos

See Chicago then and now

See Chicago then and now

Remember 2007 and 2008? There was some kind of election going on, a local guy running or something? And Gov. Blagojevich was arrested in 2008—that was fun. Oh,...

Mapping Chicago

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