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The 15 things Chicagoans are most thankful for

Locals say the lakefront, cultural scene and food are some of the city's best features.

Jeffy Mai
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Jeffy Mai

Whether it's the amazing restaurants, world-class museums or beautiful parks, there are plenty of reasons to love living in Chicago. In the spirit of the holidays, we asked Time Out readers on Facebook and X what they're most thankful for as Chicagoans, and received a variety of responses. From the lakefront to the weather, here's what makes the city special.

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  • “The variety and quality of things offered … and acceptance of others."

  • “The outstanding museums here breathe life and culture into all of us.”

  • “Experiencing all four seasons.”

  • “I love the diversity! People. Culture. Food. Music. Art.”

  • “Our lakefront and park system.”

  • “The vibrant big city energy.”

  • “The people and the architecture.”

  • “The terrific, diverse foods. You can’t go wrong with what you order.”

  • “Being able to walk to so many places and great public transit.”

  • “Driving along Lake Shore Drive on summer days.”

  • “An amazing and relatively accessible cultural scene.”

  • “That I live in the most beautiful city in the world.”

  • “The Cubs and Wrigley Field.”

  • “Italian beef, the grid system, Lake Michigan and Ann Sather.”

  • “Being from Chicago. Born and raised.”
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