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    Posted April 16, 2014 by
    Chicago, Illinois
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    What do you love about Chicago?

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    Life in Chicago is 'pure nirvana,' despite its reputation


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     “Despite living in Chicago in the middle of a recession, and all of the other social and political issues that plague the state, life in Chicago is pure nirvana for those who want it to be. The city's reputation is out of sync with the actual experience of living here,” explains Instagram user David Nevolo.

    Nevolo admits the city isn’t perfect, but he tries to consider the bad and the good. “It seems like whatever list we are on, [Chicago’s] at the top of the lists ... both good ones (tourism, downtown growth) and bad (murder rates).”

    He loves how there’s never a dull moment in the city: “In any given weekend, you can leave a music festival, and go to a memorable after party or get cleaned up to enjoy a steak or a nice cocktail at a luxury hotel. You may be set on ordering in some takeout when suddenly a friend invites you on a boat. Its density allows for spontaneity.”
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    Photos by Instagram user @olovenevolo

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