Its urban, but not as expensive at NYC.
Tons of culture, the museum campus is a great way to kill a weekend.
Good music and storefront theatre scenes, if yr into that sort of thing,
generally a pretty friendly lil’ burb
if you stay close to downtown or the lake, public transportation is pretty solid.
Spring and fall are great, and absolutely beautiful!!!
Summer and winter kinda suck. This winter was unbelievably mild but last winter it was 20 degrees of ass cold for about two months straight.
If you are anywhere other than near the red line or downtown, publi transportaion is less reliable, and not all that well thought out IMHO (i know others will take issue with this, but i’ve waited an hour for the Clark bus too many time to write it off as isolated)
if you are used to NYC, you may find that the neighborhoods are a little spread out. Its too congested to be a car city, but it doesn’t have that NYC vibe where everything you could ever want is within walking distance.
did I mention winter sucks?
seriously though, I love it here. going on 5 years now and can’t think of anyplace else I’d rather live.
'cept maybe Las Vegas again