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    Posted March 4, 2014 by
    Chicago, Illinois
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    What do you love about Chicago?

    Chicago Love


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     amandajane19 told me, 'What gives me pride in the city is the people. We truly feel connected to each other, regardless of the differences we may have. I wanted to tell people about it, because Chicago is often portrayed as a gritty place filled with violence, but while we have our struggles, we are also filled with love for one another. Chicago is a strong city because of its people and because of our belief in each other's strengths and our belief that we can and will make things better for each other.'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    Marrying the love of my life in the city I hold in the same regard.


    If you're from Chicago, you know what it feels like just to say the city's name. You can instantly conjur up the images of a drive on Lake Shore on a warm summer evening. You vehemently defend and support our teams, our restaurants, our neighborhoods, our people. The view of the skyline, from any direction, at any time of day, during any season, takes your breath away. When you say "I'm from Chicago" to an outsider, you don't care what that means to them, it's about what that means to YOU. That's pride. That's Chicago.

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