Said to be the birthplace of the skyscraper, this thriving metropolis, set on the shores of Lake Michigan and threaded by the Chicago River, boasts world-class museums, vibrant neighborhoods, lively urban parks, and a top-notch, continually-emerging culinary scene. Contemporary high rises and historic Beaux Art buildings spike the skyline, as riverboats and water taxis cruise through the bustling downtown. It’s a fun-loving sports town too. “Fans here are crazy — maybe even more than in Boston,” says Adam Cooper, a New England native and Boston University graduate who moved to Chicago three years ago. Competitive and proud Chicagoans are also friendly and unpretentious, and eager to welcome visitors (even Bruins fans). Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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