Best of 2012: Best place to live (IL)

2012-05-20T00:00:00Z Best of 2012: Best place to live (IL) nwitimes.com
May 20, 2012 12:00 am

Chicago

worldbusinesschicago.com

choosechicago.com

cityofchicago.org

Chicago's culture, infrastructure, restaurants, museums and sports teams make the city a unique - and favorite - place to live.

"Chicago offers something for everyone - it is truly a global city, with a depth and diversity in not only its people, but in lifestyle options," says Rita Athas, president of World Business Chicago.

Known as an "urban value," Chicago has a cost of living lower than several other major cities, including New York, San Francisco, Boston, and Washington, D.C.

More than 600 stores line Michigan Avenue and its surrounding streets, and the city is home to 10 professional sports teams. Chicago has more than 35 museums, and a 3,700-mile public transit network of trains and buses makes it easy to travel the city.

"Whether your interest is in music, sports, food, museums, parks, theater, higher education or creative culture, the city is second to none," Athas says.

SECOND PLACE

Beecher

Villageofbeecher.org

THIRD PLACE

Hegewisch/Burnham

Hegewisch.net

Burnham.pausetime.com

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