Ten Things You Won't Know About Chicago (Until You Move Here)

Posted by Leila Zammatta on Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 at 4:01pm.

There are plenty of unique things about living in Chicago that most people are aware of - even if they haven't bought real estate or moved here yet. For instance, the iconic skyline, the icy winters but amazing summers, the remarkable architecture, and world class dining are all pretty well-known, but there are plenty of idiosyncratic aspects to living in the Windy City that you only learn about once you move here.

Here are our real estate team's top ten:

1. Chicago is home to 552 parks and fifteen miles of beaches. You can't quite appreciate the sheer amount of natural beauty and public green spaces we have until you check it out in person.

2. Our Art Institute is home to more Impressionist works (and other masterpieces) than any other museum in the world besides the Louvre. Plus it is was recently voted the best museum in the world by Trip Advisor. Imagine living only blocks away from some of the work's finest artwork.

3. You can see four states from the top of the Sears (oops we mean Willis) Tower - Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin. At least on a clear day! But locals know that the Signature Room at the top of the Hancock is more fun.

4. "Dibs" is our system of claiming parking spots in the winter - by any means necessary.

5. The Windy City doesn't refer to the weather; rather, it is a commentary on our local politicians. Related: the first televised presidential debate was held in Chicago, and it was Nixon versus Kennedy.

6. We're All-American - Twinkies, Cracker Jacks, and Pabst Blue Ribbon beer were all created and introduced in Chicago. And PBR is still available on tap at most neighborhood bars.

7. Chicago is home to some of the most remarkable and historic music venues in the world - from Kingston MinesĀ (blues and jazz) to the Aragorn Theatre (mostly rock) to Reggie's (hip-hop and R&B) to the Lyric Opera House and the rest of the downtown Theatre District, there's something for everyone. Plus we have Lollapalooza every summer, and the term "jazz" was coined in Chicago as well.

8. We don't put ketchup on our hot dogs. Plus we invented the Mother in Law - a hot dog/tamale hybrid that is a great example of our melting pot of cultures.

9. America's famous "Route 66" starts in Chicago in front of the Art Institute at Adams Street.

10. We might be biased, but the Park at Lakeshore East is one of the best kept secrets in downtown Chicago. With free public WiFi, a dog park, and gorgeous landscaping set amidst some of the most inspiring contemporary buildings in the world, it's the perfect place to spend an afternoon.

Interested in living near the Park or experiencing Chicago from the perspective of a local? Contact our real estate agents today.

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