I stayed downtown last week, and I finally understood what the fuss is about. Chicago is a seriously beautiful and clean city. I literally gasped when the gorgeous skyline came into view. My hotel was by the lake, so here's the view I had of the Navy Pier, first thing in the morning...
I've also had some extremely yummy food and I have given the city credit that traffic is nothing like as bad as DC.
So, touche, Chricago! You ain't so bad after all. You're actually pretty great. But your suburbs are still the most depressing I've encountered.