The 5 Things I’ll Miss Most About Chicago

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Everyone talks about it.  We’re actually doing it.

The cold, the snow, the congestion / traffic / population density, the violence, the cost-of-living, the corruption and psuedo-democracy.  Whatever the albatross, most people in Chicago at some point in the course of the year (for some, on a daily basis!), threaten to finally get out of dodge.

In fact, in a recent Gallup 50-state survey, residents in Illinois were more likely to say that they would like to relocate than those of any other state!  Half of Illinoisans want to leave!  And nearly 20% say that they are likely to move.

Now granted, inertia is a VERY strong force, and a fifth of Illinois residents are not going to leave the state.  So most of our friends are surprised that the Grivois-Shah family has beaten inertia and are making the leap across the country to the deserts of Tucson, Arizona.

But regardless of how much I’ve decried living in Chicago, I will miss the city that I called home for the first three and a half decades of my life: born and raised in the western suburbs, college, medical school, and residency all in the heart of the city.  I’ve never called another place home.

While I’m looking forward to the warmth, pace, and lower-cost living of Tucson, there are a number of things that make leaving Chicago tough.  Below is a short list of 5 things I’ll definitely miss about Chicago.

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#WinterInChicago #GunViolence #BikeToWork: Why I can’t wait for Daylight Savings to Begin Again

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I’m jealous of all the people still riding their bikes to work.  My cold-weather clothes that got me to work on bike through the coldest of Chicago winters–heavy duty gloves, face mask, ear warmers, long johns–are sitting lonely in a box this winter.

This is the first winter at my new job where, most days, I work on Chicago’s near north side.  My commute has me going conveniently straight east from my home in Oak Park.  Though this winter this commute will be exclusively done by automobile.

Why?  Because I’m scared for my safety. Continue reading