You can thank Paris for our Divvy bike-share program. And for the lights strung up along Michigan Avenue in the winter. And for the planters spilling over with flowers on medians and lampposts throughout downtown. Former Mayor Richard M. Daley's many trips to Paris were probably on our dime, but there's no denying we've all benefitted.
But Paris isn't the only city that has great ideas, venues and events we can steal and put in place in Chicago. Here are some things from cities all over the U.S. and the world that we'd love to see in our city.
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