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This Awesome Time Lapse Of Chicago Will Make You Want To Move There

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Amanda Karakoudas

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Happy people? Check. Mind-blowing skyscrapers? Double check. If there’s something you love about Chicago, it’s probably somewhere in this awesome time-lapse video.

From the flashing images of the Crown Fountain sculpture at the 0:46 mark (that part had me in a trance) to the glowing Chicago Planetarium at 2:26, it should give you something to be very, very proud of.

Source: Second City by Arne Wossink

Don’t you think we need more Chicago videos like this? Like this post if you agree and share your thoughts in the comments below.

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posted on: July 30, 2014
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  1. World Traveler

    Well I did move there and stayed for 5 years and knew I could never call it “home”.

    After living in larger cities, I found Chicago to be conformist, cliquish, parochial, and timid. It is a distinct German sensibility and is visually stunning to say the least. It is neither bold or confident like New York, or indifferent and accepting like L.A. Natives seem perpetually fearful of outsiders and are easily weirded-out by the most random things. It’s a city that clings to the “normal” and is eager to fit in and be accepted. A sense of a “farmers in the city mentality”, a warning I chose to ignore prior to my move there. Chicago is transient: 30 people I knew during my 5 year stay-had all moved out of state.

    Neighborhoods are segregated. Chicago is clean, shiny, expensive, and proud. Taxes, record crime statistics and an uneven economy are still and issue. On the plus side, Chicago is beautiful with an abundance of social activities. Best as a summer trip.

  2. DZ

    Well I did move there and stayed for 5 years and realized that I could never call it “home”. Here are observations that I shared with a few other transplants:

    After living in larger cities, I found Chicago to be conformist, cliquish, parochial, and timid. It is a distinct German sensibility and is visually stunning to say the least. It is neither bold or confident like New York, or indifferent and accepting like L.A. Natives seem perpetually fearful of outsiders and are easily weirded-out by the most random things. It’s a city that desperately clings to the “normal” and is eager to fit in and be accepted. Making a fool of oneself is the worst thing that could happen. A sense of a “farmers in the city mentality”, a warning I chose to ignore prior to my move there.

    In addition to that, Chicago is transient: 30 people I knew during my 5 year stay-had all moved out of state by the time I left. Neighborhoods are clearly segregated. Chicago is clean, shiny, expensive, and proud. Taxes, record crime statistics and an uneven economy are still an issue. On the plus side, Chicago is beautiful with an abundance of social activities. They LOVE to drink. Best as a summer trip but not worth moving there.

  3. Jack

    Where were all the teachers on strike? Or kids being shot? Or robberies of old ladies on the L? Or mind-numbing traffic jams, orange road cones and merge signs. Mountains of homeless people…

    If you’re going to show Chicago, show the real Chicago.

  4. Stephen Hnansen

    Absolutely beautiful! I was born and lived most of my life there. I’ve been gone for 4 years and watching your film makes me want to just pick up some cothes and drive back home. I have a page called Chicago Architecture and I posted your film on it. It will fit in perfectly. Thanks, again….that was a wonderful three minutes.
    Steve

  5. JH

    DZ – Chicago is not for everyone. If you like New York because it is bold and confident, you didn’t live there. It’s grimy, filled with corruption, mafia controlled, rude and money grubbing. And you might have flown in to LA or heard it is that way but you haven’t lived there either. Know any LA natives fearful of landslides, droughts, fires, earth quakes, horrible traffic and virtually non existent public transit? Weirded out? Can’t get more weirded out than LA. Have lived in both and Chicago has nearly everything people want and a lot less of what people don’t. You’re a wanna be poser and that is perfect for LA or New York, feathers flocking together.

  6. East Coast Girl

    I agree with World Traveler. I’ve lived here for nine years, and Chicago is by far the most beautiful place I’ve ever lived. I can afford a condo on the lake, there is amazing indie theater, tons of terrific restaurants. I live in Rogers Park, which is a tremendous mix and very non-Chicago Chicago. But the mentality is very parochial, to be sure. If you like Big Ten college sports and sports and general, or beer, or bacon, you’ll have a lot to talk about. But take a chance? Risk looking foolish? Not sober The people are nice, but I’ve been hard-pressed to find more than two or three who are at all intellectually curious and not closed-minded. And the job market is awful: lots of competition means you are at the mercy of overwork and underpay. I’ve decided to move back to New England to be closer to family and to stop feeling like a fish out of water. It won’t be a clean break: I’m renting out my place, and I will be heartbroken about leaving behind all the things I fell in love with to begin with. But they are no longer enough.

  7. DZ

    JH, babe, you are full of silliness and inaccuracies. Work to me from New York, and I still love it. LA was my home for 20 years and I KNOW you didn’t live there. The Big cities don’t care if you criticize them, but Lordness, don’t dare criticize insecure Chicago, as they get predictably butt-hurt. Chicago is the 2nd City, and currently the 3rd Largest for a reason: it’s too insecure in itself. It will always be last fiddle. Everyone knows this. Chicago, while quaint, will never be held in the higher regard as NY or LA. End of Story.

  8. DZ

    JH, yes Chicago get’s all “creeped out” and “weirded out” by every little thing. Ever anxious to be persevered as a winner, they are desperately afraid of the “real” and so they go around with fake smiles all day long. I could always spot the Chicagoan who had returned to the city after having lived in bigger(better) places. Their personage was much more confident and world traveled and not the personality of a silly skittish field mouse with a perpetual smile.

  9. Tropics Guy

    There was once a movie called “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.” This video tells one third of the story….

  10. tese

    lol and JH you just proved DZ’s points are true ,and that most people from chicago are close minded and afraid of change. it IS a beautiful city architecturally , and thats as far as it goes.

  11. Former Chicagoan

    I was a resident of Chicago from my birth to my late teens. Chicago in the 1940′s and 1950′s was a great city, with many job opporunities even for teenagers. As kids, we went to the Museum of Science and Industry (Rosenwald Museum),
    the Field Museum, the Adler Planatarium, and the Shedd Aquarium, all near the City Center. The neighborhoods were safe even at night, and the Police were respected by most citizens. It was safe to be downtown even late at night.
    It is a different city today. It is a “Combat Zone” with random drive-by shootings and gang drug wars with many innocent by-standers as victims. The Chicago taxes are oppressive which has caused residents and businesses to relocate to other states. I moved to Florida over 50 years ago since I hated the arctic winters in Chicago. I never regreted moving to the Sunshine State. It gets hot in the summer but the winters are delightful. I have not seen snow in over fifty years and I hope that I never see snow again except on the “Weather Channel”

  12. Bright

    Chicago has some problems, true, but there is so much more going on there to know, it would take a lifetime and more to be able to speak as an authority on this big, beautiful, bountiful city. There are so many people there, not from Chicago, but have travelled many miles to be there permanently. It is hard to find a Chicagoan, native born, in a crowd. And you will never be able to eat at all the restaurants in one year if you go out three times a day to a different one. Pray for the killers and victims and hope they get some help and we will all be better for it.

  13. nancy

    I’m in the western suburbs of Chicago now. I used to live near east bank club. Watching this really makes me yearn for those days. Thanks and great job on video I recognize it all and brings back memories.

 

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