Redpill me on Chicago

I'm considering living in Chicago. More specifically, downtown but northside. What is the culture and people like? Dating scene? Women? Are the men bros? Pros and cons?

  1. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    gentrified yuppieland

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      >gentrified yuppieland

      >downtown but northside
      River North and Old Town are mostly yuppies fresh out of college, the people you see on the street there will be ex-frat guys or sorority girls now working for their dad's firm downtown. Go a little west to Bucktown, Logan Square, or Wicker Park and you'll run into hipsters burning through their trust funds while trying to make a name for themselves in abstract basket weaving.
      >Dating scene? Women?
      I don't know what it's like now post-Covid but when I lived downtown from 2012-2017 you could just go to a bar or club - whatever kind suited your vibe - and try your luck at picking up girls. All the places I used to frequent (Evil Olive, Neo) are closed now, though. Tinder is popular but personally I never used it. The closer you get to the Loop the more sugar babies you'll run into, these girls usually won't give you the time of day unless you own a yacht.
      >Pros
      It's a city with a rich history, nice art and music scenes, the Loop (downtown area) is pretty cool - but admittedly it's no match for something like NYC. The pizza is the best in the world.
      >Cons
      Brutal winters, west and south sides are basically militarized no-go zones, blue state, a little bit more expensive to live in than it's worth.

      >ex-frat guys or sorority girls now working for their dad's firm downtown.
      That's really disappointing to hear. Because I'll most likely be in Streeterville and I'm sure it's no different than River North in that regard. I fucking loathe people like that so that's a bummer.

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        Doesn't mean they're pieces of shit or assholes.

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          The likelihood goes up

          • 3 months ago
            Anonymous

            Yeah, sure. I've lived in a lot of different parts of the country and I always meet decent people despite hearing how bad they are, so it's not something I worry about much when I'm moving somewhere new.

  2. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    >downtown but northside
    River North and Old Town are mostly yuppies fresh out of college, the people you see on the street there will be ex-frat guys or sorority girls now working for their dad's firm downtown. Go a little west to Bucktown, Logan Square, or Wicker Park and you'll run into hipsters burning through their trust funds while trying to make a name for themselves in abstract basket weaving.
    >Dating scene? Women?
    I don't know what it's like now post-Covid but when I lived downtown from 2012-2017 you could just go to a bar or club - whatever kind suited your vibe - and try your luck at picking up girls. All the places I used to frequent (Evil Olive, Neo) are closed now, though. Tinder is popular but personally I never used it. The closer you get to the Loop the more sugar babies you'll run into, these girls usually won't give you the time of day unless you own a yacht.
    >Pros
    It's a city with a rich history, nice art and music scenes, the Loop (downtown area) is pretty cool - but admittedly it's no match for something like NYC. The pizza is the best in the world.
    >Cons
    Brutal winters, west and south sides are basically militarized no-go zones, blue state, a little bit more expensive to live in than it's worth.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      >a little bit more expensive to live in than it's worth.
      Isn't the opposite often said of Chicago? It really does feel like a hidden gem sometimes. Everyone knows of Chicago but it's not overcrowded or insanely priced while still living in a relatively safe and clean urban area. One of the best urban areas at that, if you're really looking for that "city" life. It's like a more affordable, refined version of NYC.

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        Chicago is cool but idk where you get the idea it’s that much more affordable than other tier 2 metros in the US. Yeah it’s not NYC/LA prices but it’s still expensive as fuck. Driving there also fucking blows. Like it takes an hour to go 3 or 4 miles type shit.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      >neo
      F

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      I went a few miles west once and got off the bus and was staring at my phone on the corner, and some dude pulls up in his car and starts screaming at me as loud as he can. Face all red, maybe even crying before.

      He was screaming at me so loud I was more surprised, and realized I wasn't sure where I was so didn't react and just blankly looked at him which pissed him off even more lmao.

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        this dready black guy sort of saw it and as I walked away I gave him the look of like bruh, but he didn't react.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Veteran of NEO and EXIT here

  3. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    It's for people who weren't good enough to make it to NY or DC so they have an inferiority complex.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      No, that's Philly.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      What does that even mean? Penn and U of Chicago are better schools than anything in DC and all of the money is being made in California these days anyway.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Chicago literally invented skyscrapers, show some respect

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Chicago is what NYC would be if the car had been invented 50 years earlier than it was. They are pretty much the same except Chicago winters are worse and Central Park is way better than Grant Park.

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        >Chicago winters are worse and Central Park is way better than Grant Par

        As a non american, i literally never heard of Grant Park.
        There's films about Central Park, tv-shows, music, books... There's no comparison to be made.

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          Grant Park is based, judging a place based off how many movies it’s in is fucking retarded.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      >DC

  4. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Good food scene and a great city for architecture nerds like me. The weather can be unforgiving during certain parts of the year where walking between buildings can mean freezing in the shade then sweating like garden gnome in a thrift store in the sun. Lots of well-known schools there, including an art school in case you're interested in tongue-punching the fart box of some "free-spirited" broad "trying to find herself." Parking is some baby-back bullshit so maybe consider taking the heel-toe express or the tram while there.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Parking is some baby-back bullshit so maybe consider taking the heel-toe express or the tram while there.

      Chicago does have excellent public transport (the subways, anyway, the buses are usually late and full of poor smelly people) for an American city, so if you enjoy riding trains you're in for a treat.

  5. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Where to get the famous Chicago style pizza?

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Can't say much about the dating scene there as I already had someone while living there. The northern part of the city is really nice. It's gentrified as fuck, so you can go a while without seeing a moron. It may seem expensive if you're coming from the sticks or a depressed Rust Belt town (I came from Buffalo) but for a city its size, costs are very manageable. I've since lived in Denver and Seattle, and the price difference between Chicago and my home town now seem really small.
      For fun, hope you like being indoors or driving to Wisconsin. The whole area is flat and there are few places to go for anything outdoors. Food and drink there though are probably the best in the country, some of it even beats NYC. The variety was great too, especially if you like east European. At one of their grocery stores, they had entire sections dedicated to Russian, Polish, even Lithuanian food items. I could find Georgian and Croatian wines, the Soviet brand of Moscato (still made in Moldova) at the liquor stores.
      You can also live pretty far out and commute into the city easily without a car. Public transportation is the one thing they did pretty well. It does sometimes allow the occasional nog to jump a turnstile and ruin someone's day up north.
      Taxes there are ridiculous, almost as bad as New York, and nearly all of it has to go to some corrupt state worker pension system.

      Giordano's. Some of the locals turn their noses up at it and have their own hole in the wall pizza place they prefer, but any first-time visitor is going to get it there.

  6. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    You will be anally raped once in a while. Otherwise ok place to live

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Will they use condoms?

  7. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    >dating scene? women?
    No. Just no. You know how people say gun crime is so bad and there are so many black people in Chicago? Well looking for a date is far worse.

  8. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    How do Asian guys do there? Do they get mogged by corn fed midwestern chads?

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Heard of black on Asian violence all over the news? Yep, that's where you'll see it.

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        Not true. Most of that kinda stuff has been happening in SF and NY. Chicago is pretty safe if you're not in the hood

  9. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    It's not called Chicongo for nothing

  10. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Every American city is terrible with no exceptions, but Chicago is marginally less terrible than American cities of similar size and density such as New York and Philadelphia.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Every American city is terrible with no exceptions
      WRONG

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Every American city is terrible with no exceptions
      cringe opinion, american cities have actual soul, not the decadent vestige of soul past like yuros'

  11. 3 months ago
    Anonymous
    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      I was curious about living in Chicago but after seeing this pic, I am no longer interested

  12. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    I wouldn't live in any large American city if you paid me a quarter mil a year.

    https://heyjackass.com/

  13. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    it's a shithole full of fat uninteresting retards only worth living in if you have to move here for work

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      isn't that the whole of the us?

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