Why I think Chicago sucks

So, you’ve just Googled “Chicago sucks” or clicked the WordPress tags link “Chicago sucks” and you find yourself here. (It’s extremely unlikely you got here with any other search term.) Or, possibly, you clicked a link from City Data or Windy Citizen.  Now what?

Please allow me to give you a little friendly advice. If you actually love Chicago and were only Googling “Chicago sucks” for the giggles, please keep moving, find another blog. You WON’T like what you read here. Please don’t comment, because this is NOT a debate site, it’s a commiseration site for people who feel the same.

It’s also NOT a public forum, it’s a post on my personal blog, so 1st Amendment rights do not apply to you here. I don’t allow flames, or name calling – such comments are deleted. I’m also not particularly indulgent when people think they need to “defend Chicago” or “offer a rebuttal” to my opinion of Chicago. First of all, Chicago doesn’t need you to defend it; secondly, you can’t say anything that anyone here hasn’t heard thousands of times already; and thirdly, I don’t need a “rebuttal” because I AM the rebuttal to the starry-eyed “Chicago is the greatest city in the world!” attitude.

Still have something to say? Here, go to www.wordpress.com and get your own blog.

For the record:

  • No, I haven’t dedicated an entire blog to Chicago sucking.
  • No, this is not all I think about. This is but one post out of more than a thousand on my blog.
  • No, these are not the only comments on this post. The comment thread got so huge I had to move them to another page in an attempt to shorten the length here, so add about 1500 to the total you see here. (Prior to WordPress changing their comments format)
  • No, I’m not a native Chicagoan.
  • Yes, I live in Chicagoland.
  • Yes, I’ve lived here for decades.
  • Yes, I’ve lived in other cities around the country.
  • Yes, I’d love to move.
  • No, circumstances don’t permit that right now.
  • Why, is really none of your business.
  • It’s enough that if I could move, I would.
  • But since I’m currently stuck here, and a tax-paying citizen here, I AM free to express my opinion with the state of things here, since I’M paying for it.
  • Don’t like that? Then move along, nothing for you to see here.
  • Yes, we know Chicago has bars, museums, restaurants, parades, the El, and a big, shiny bean.
  • No, those are not the things we particularly care about.

Yes, we know other cities have problems too, but we don’t live in other cities, we live here, and are concerned about issues here. It’s not enough to say “It’s not as bad as Cleveland, or Detroit,” when the reality is, why aren’t we as good as Houston or Salt Lake City? They have lower taxes, lower unemployment, lower crime. Why do Chicagoans settle for less, and apparently like it?  Why are they, in fact, proud of it? 

So, you want to say, “Get the f*ck out if you don’t like it here!” as though (a) I didn’t think of that and (b) I’ve never heard that before?

Here’s a thought for all of you who say that to me – How about YOU leave so we can fix the place up and make it so it doesn’t suck? Just sayin’.

If, on the other hand, you don’t care too much for Chicago either, and need a place to vent your frustration, want a group of like-minded people to share your thoughts with, then by all means, scroll down and say hello. :)



If you’ve come here to argue with me, be rude, hostile, or a smartass, please don’t bother. You’re never going to change how I feel about a place, or undo what I’ve dealt with.

And please don’t make the mistake that I am a miserable person and “so unhappy.”  FORBES called CHICAGO a miserable city, it did not say I am a miserable person.  Are we clear on this now?  Plus, it’s not like you care whether or not I’m happy, so it’s okay for you to ditch the “if you’re so unhappy you should just leave!” lines.

How about this – if you’re so unhappy with my post, you should just move on to another blog. 

If you want to love on Chicago, I’m more than happy to point you to www.wordpress.com , where you can get your own blog and praise Chicago to the skies. No hard feelings. :D


(The original post from Feb. 2008 , in its entirety, follows.)

Recently I did a little post called, " Proof That Chicago Sucks ." It has turned out to be one of my most popular posts, and I get daily searches for the phrase "Chicago sucks" in my search engine terms. So I thought I’d dedicate an entire post to the subject, with my reasons for disliking Chicago, and not simply Forbes reasons for listing it in the Top 10 Most Miserable US cities.


The unemployment rate is higher than the national average. I can speak from personal experience that this is especially true in the tech industry. And even if you can get a job, the pay rate will be below national average.

Housing sales are down more than 22% since the same time period last year. The average home price is close to $260,000. And property taxes are through the roof. (Pun intended!) Can’t afford a house? Plan on paying at least $1000 to rent a half-way decent apartment.

The commute time is horrible, on roads that are more pothole and patchwork than actual road. Plan on an hour, each way, just to get to work and back.

The weather is terrible. A local joke is that Chicago has 2 seasons – winter and road work. Um, it’s not a joke and it’s not funny. I have calculated that temperatures can vary as much as 200°. I have seen -80° wind-chills in winter, and 120° heat indices in summer. Often it is colder here than in Alaska.

Jackets? You like jackets? Good, because you’ll need at least 6. One to wear to and from the car, one to wear in the car, one to wear inside, one for fall days, one for fall nights, and one for rainy days. See, if you get one heavy enough for outside wear, it’s too bulky to wear in the car, but your car’s not warm enough to ditch the coat entirely – you still need something to stay warm. The weather varies so widely that you need a coat, jacket, or sweater for every 10° variance.

In the summer, the heat and humidity can be so stifling that it’s almost difficult to breathe. It’s no surprise that Chicago has one of the highest asthma rates in the nation.

How hot is it? In 1995, it was so hot that nearly 600 people died in less than a week from heat related causes.

Spring? Don’t blink or you’ll miss it. Autumn’s not a whole lot different.

The City That Works? ROFLMAO Yeah. I remember when this story about sleeping on the job hit the air. Pictures and video of sleeping city workers were all over the news. Officials leave work early, if they deign to show up at all. They put friends and relatives on the payroll. No, they don’t give them jobs, just put them on the payroll.

Government corruption in Chicago, and the Illinois state government? Notorious. One of our former governors is sitting in prison right now for his role in this truck license scam that cost a family 6 of their children.

Taxes? Chicago has one of the highest tax rates in the country. (And it’s gone up since the linked article was written.) Someone has to pay for all those relatives and friends on city payrolls.

It seems like everything costs more here, from milk to gasoline. Utility rates are sky high. Take natural gas, for instance: one year I lived in a place that had electric heat. The years before and after I had gas heat. During that one year with electric heat, gas prices had doubled. Before, I paid about $75 to heat my house. The year after? About $150. Bigger house? No. I checked the bill – the rates were 100% higher. And that was 10 years ago.

People think the food here is wonderful. I suspect the only people who feel that way are the people who have lived here all their lives, and never eaten anywhere else. Chicago pizza isn’t all that hot. It’s more sauce than cheese, and sausage seems to be the topping of choice around here. Saucy sausage on dough. Does that sound appetizing to you?

And did you know, it’s offensive to put ketchup on a Chicago Style hot dog ? I kid you not: "It is taboo to put ketchup on a Chicago hot dog; there are actually some hot dog shops and stands that will refuse to provide service if the customer makes the request." They aren’t kidding – I’ve been to such places. "We don’ got no catch up heeah. You ain’t from Shikahga, air ya?" No. No I’m not. (Yes, folks actually speak like Dennis Franz around here. He’s from Chicago, not New York. The "accent" he has is native to here.)

I would love to get out, but it’s like living in a black hole.

There’s some sort of weird arrogance in Chicago too, at least on the news. Everything has to have some kind of Chicago connection. When the September 11 attacks happened, I expected my local news to carry the story of what was happening across the nation – New York, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C. Nothing was happening here, the big news was elsewhere. What was the news about? The Sears Tower and how it might possibly may have maybe at some point thought to have been we think on the speculated we assume target list. Oh and by the way, some planes made the World Trade Center collapse. But they were headed to Chicago! It was nauseating.

Those are a few of my reasons. I have more, but I think this is enough for a post. No doubt you’d say, "More than!" LoL :) That’s why I hope someone who’s searched for "Chicago sucks" comments here. Hey, we’re in one of the Top 10 Most Miserable cities! Let’s chat! Tell me why you think it sucks here. 

Some people like it here. I doubt they’ve ever lived some place else to compare it to. I’m happy for them, honestly. It’s good to like where you live. I know of families who’ve lived around Chicago for generations. I wish I could live where I liked and like where I lived. It must be a great feeling. One day I’ll get out, and find that place for myself as well.

If you like Chicago, try these links: Why I Love Chicago , or you can to Chicagoist , or to Chicago Adventures . They like Chicago too, and I’m sure they’d be more than happy to have you visit. :)



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  1. ImproveChi-Town

    I’ve been trying to find a place to vent about Chicago’s problems. And here seems to be the right place. Okay, This is what I don’t like about Chicago. We claim to be a great city yet we have absolutely no “it” factor! nor do we really promote the few amenities we do have. Going back to the “it’ factor. We have no major industry that would make people say Chicago is the epicenter of ….? We have no film district or literature hub. (Not every artist is a painter or stage actor). We have no fashion scene. We host no tv specials or world wide events. It has no major party district.This city isn’t a place for people who wish to flourish in their fields or have fun outside of hanging at a friend’s house. It’s a city for people who only care about getting by. Chicago is nothing but a bunch of buildings and a lakefront.That’s it that’s all. Sure the buildings and lakefront are pretty, however that’s not enough. And I find it funny people fail to realize this, Until Chicago fixes these problems the imagine of Chicago will always be of a bland city lying about being a top contender.

    The sad thing about it, people think fixing the corruption, the school system, and some roads will make it a great city. Fixing those problems will make it a livable city. However it won’t make it a great city. It won’t make people say ‘I’m hittin’ up the Chi this summer.” Chi-town delusionists love to say all we do is complain, yet offer no solutions. (Neither do they!) I on the other hand, do have some idea’s to turn Chicago into a real world class city. I would like to submit it, because I do want my home city to become one of the worlds best cities with real reasoning. Not mediocre things that can be found in other fly-over states. Not because it’s the 3rd largest city. Which would be Houston in a minute if Chicago doesn’t wake up. My ideas will truly make Chicago stand out from other mid-west cities. It will redefine what is fly-over country. I just don’t know where to begin to get others on board.


    • Dave

      Love Chicagoans or leave it. Tourist always are impressed with Chicago’s CLEAN and Vibrant Downtown (a Real Downtown) Rows and miles of Brick Bungalows and tree lined neighborhoods, much of the city built late 50s and 60s. No other Great Lake city preserved and recreate a Lakefront with Harbors and Beaches, even Downtown. I lived in Chicago in the 70s 80s. Then downtown decay and some neglect had most Chicagoans look down at their downtown. Now in 30yrs later. Chicago rebuilt its expressways, Restored its downtown Parks. Has the fastest growth in people living downtown in the nation. New skyscraper condo and Apartment buildings boomed the Skyline. The CLEANEST Downtown in the USA. Even a Theater District now. And few large American cities have Beaches Downtown?? Chicago has three. On Oak street beach with palm trees in planters. You can imagine you are Florida even a Tokai bar on that beach. Every visit I make I see more rejuvenation, restoration and gentrification , along with so much new construction. Too bad our economy too they downturn that halted many mew skyscrapers. But really MOSY CHICAGOANS ARE PROUD OF THEIR CITY EXPECIALLY ITS DOWNTOWN. Compared to30 yrs ago.


      • Dear Dave, I’m sorry you neglected to read the entirety of my post, and so missed the part where I said,
        If you want to love on Chicago, I’m more than happy to point you to http://www.wordpress.com , where you can get your own blog and praise Chicago to the skies.

        MY blog is not the place for you to have your love-fest about Chicago. In other words, if you don’t like my blog, you should leave it. Thanks!

        PS – also, please don’t copy and paste from other sites. Use your own content, thanks.


        • You need a guy like Dave, so i can be reminded why i moved 8 years ago, and thank God for giving me that opportunity, after 20 years of Endless tit for tat penny-ante Mediocrity.. He can ad “juice” to the site, reminding us we are not just running from “the Place Shicago” , but also “the People that Live There too.” There was hope 30 years ago. Not So Today.
          2nd city? no, try 11th? The Next Detroit™. Hahah Yes LOVE the Clean Downtown. The Restaurants always give you lots of napkins too. The Sidewalks are Fancy! Shiney stuff to look at too.


      • GDR10

        Some pretty funny comments here. This guy Dave claimed that Chicago had the fastest growth in the nation. In fact Chicago had the second worst population loss in the nation. Only Detroit is worse. Chicago has the worst unemployment rate of any major U.S. city, it has the financial status of an Enron, and is the homicide capital of the nation.

        Downtown Chicago, honestly, is not that impressive. It’s big, but not as nice as 30 years ago, when all the corporations were still downtown, and State Street was lined with huge department stores. The lakefront is overrated, with ill-maintained parks, a freeway (LSD) blocking the lake from the neighborhoods, and the beaches are gross and gang-infested. The neighborhoods have mostly suffered from white flight and are poor, dangerous and gang-infested. Only a few frat boy hoods on the North Side haven’t declined, and honestly, if you want that kind of living, why not move to a more prosperous place like an NYC?

        Chicago is ok if you live in a nice suburb. If you’re in the city, you’re just asking to be miserable. A third rate Rust Belt version of a real city, with high taxes, parking fascists and idiot politicians to boot.


    • Martin

      Dear Improve Chi-Town:
      Your exact thoughts have been ruminating in my mind for weeks, as the weather has turned for the better in Chicago: If you take away sports, alcohol, and food there’s very little going on in this city. The problem with just having sports, food, and alcohol is that EVERY major city in the United States has these things. Buffalo, NY. has sports, alcohol, and food….. Chicago’s art scene is anemic. Chicago’s music scene is totally ignored nationwide. Chicago has NO fashion vibe and the film community here is pathetic. It’s not hard to figure out why the city is inundated with ignorant, alcohol guzzling, obese jerks. Go look up weekend activities for Los Angeles on Facebook any given weekend and see just how pathetic Chicago really is. A skyline and public transportation don’t make a city great. Corruption, tough love, and ignorance don’t make a city World class. Why are so many natives so proud of Chicago’s history of dishonesty and injustices? Why do natives believe that gun murders make a city a tourist attraction? I could on……. But why? Chicago IS nowhere and IS going nowhere. In the four and half years I’ve been living here I’ve come to realize that Chicago has a small town mentality and small town thinkers calling the shots. If New York and Los Angeles weren’t so cost prohibitive, I would be there. But let’s think about why real estate is so much more expensive in NY and LA? Because people WANT to live there! Chicago isn’t a city people move to, to make dreams come true. It’s a city you move to “just to get by”. Thank you Improve Chi-Town.


  2. Bill

    I’m almost 32, and I lived in the Chicago area for 29 years, I lived in c
    Connecticut the other 3 years. (Another hellhole). Chicago is abysmal, everything about this place is terrible, The 2013-14 winter was brutal, as is every winter in this place, if we weren’t getting a foot of snow, it was 15 below.

    The summers here are uncomfortable and it’s humid as hell every day or it’s raining, seriously when did Chicago turn into Seattle or London?

    The sports here usually suck, And im getting sick of this pissing contest between Tom Rickets, (the latest sucker to buy the hapless Cubs) and the roof top owners. Why is this news? The cubs suck, they could play on the moon and they will still lose. Turn wrigley into a parking lot The Whitesox are losers
    too, The Bears have been Green Bay’s bitch for the last 20 years. 670 the score, Chicago’s sports radio station is the equivalent of jamming an ice pick in your ear drum over and over. Especially in the afternoon.

    I hate this place, the taxes, the corrupt politicians who are turning Chicago into a glorified Detroit, businesses leave this dump in droves, and I can’t blame them, take me with you.


    • I’m so sorry I seem to have missed your comment, Bill!

      I know just how you feel. The corruption here is so bad, it leaves a bad taste on everything.

      I don’t follow Chicago sports but I do know all the teams here seem to be more on the losing side than the winning one.

      Thanks for stopping by, I hope you see you again. :)


  3. Martin

    Am I the only one noticing the rash in CTA train accidents the last year or so? Am I the only noticing the CTA buses don’t adhere to any type of schedule, with two buses on the same route traveling back to back frequently? Is this the world renowned public transportation that Chicago-ans brag about? I’ve long ascertained that the greatness of public transportation in Chicago is a highly marketed lie. From crime to grime, the CTA is a miserable joke.


    • Allison

      Martin, the CTA is by far the number one reason why I hate Chicago. Schedules are nowhere near consistent, bus and train drivers are always late causing the back-to-back issue you mentioned (this also happens with trains more frequently than people think, hence the express routes), the crime that occurs DAILY on trains, buses, and platforms is consistently ignored by the attendants,there is no wait time to allow passengers to board and get off the trains/buses, and the people who ride it are a catalyst to everything that is wrong with Chicago.

      I will definitely be back to post more of my Chicago hate, as this has been on my mind quite frequently, but I really need to get to work. I just wanted to emphasize that the CTA is by no means a “world renowned transportation system” or anything to enjoy. I was surprised it wasn’t mentioned much earlier.


  4. Maddie

    You should talk about the new red light and speeding cameras! I got a fucking speeding ticket from a camera saying i was going 6-10 over and had to pay $150….that is a sick joke. I live in lincoln park and commute to franklin park for work (should be a 20 minute commute but because of the terrific idea of only building 3 major highways to get in and out of the city, my commute is about 40 minutes). I take a side road to work and counted 13 red light cameras and 8 speed radar cameras. there is basically a camera at every single light and the speed cameras are in school zones that are 20 miles per hour so I literally have to drive fucking 20mph and it is beyond frustrating. Chicago is a joke and I can’t wait to move somewhere not nearly as expensive and WARMER!! Just have to get through two more years of college and then i’m out of this shithole


    • LSDetroit

      Maddie, Used to do nearly the same route. Most of the stoplights seem to be intentionally designed so you hit every one and some are just plain retarded.

      I am kindof worried since my next dream job might require me to move back here and from what I understand it is even worse under Rahm, Sad to hear the cameras are back, they legally had to shut them down well before I left.


  5. Dave

    Chi town Dave high tx no work no one cares I hope my wife and I leave hear for good thank you!


  6. JakeB

    I live in Texas and my coworker is from Chicago. She thinks that everything is better there than it is here. I am starting to think otherwise!


    • I am here to tell you, Jake, that your coworker is officially afflicted with Chicagoitus. ;)

      Seriously, if you need to vent about your situation, you’ve come to the right place. :) Hello and Welcome!


  7. Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all been well and enjoying this summer, that surprisingly hasn’t been all that bad this year. Yay for little miracles!

    I’ve been really busy – building websites for a couple of places, believe it or not! I know, took me by surprise, too. :) I thought I was busy before, then I went and added the responsibility of managing 2 more websites.

    I’m trying to nail down a schedule, and my goal is to check in here more often, see how you all are doing. Sometimes I come across articles that I’d like to share with you, and I’ve found something to replace the Springpad notebook I was using, now that they’ve “bit the dust,” so to speak. The new note board can be found here: http://www.noteboardapp.com/darcsfalcon.

    Take care of yourselves and don’t be strangers!


  8. Martin

    Fortune Magazine’s Ten Most Corrupt States:

    1. Mississippi
    2. Louisiana
    3. Tennessee
    4. Illinois*****
    5. Pennsylvania
    6. Alabama
    7. Alaska
    8. South Dakota
    9. Kentucky
    10. Florida



    • I saw that, Martin! LOL I was thinking, “#4? We’re only #4? Doggone, we’re slipping! We can do better than that, this is IL! We’re #1!” :lol:


  9. I have a public bulletin board for some other articles I’ve found about Chicago, if you’d like to check them out. :)


  10. Martin

    I must be doing something wrong in Chicago, because the people at City Data said there must be something wrong with me that the only people I can meet in this city are: Heartless, rude, selfish, ignorant individuals that feel entitled to my “stuff”. Also, no matter how hard I try to pretend to be polite to people in public, I’m not on good terms with this city at any level, especially the city and state employees.


    • *snort* Don’t pay any attention to the people at City-Data, Martin! They were the absolute WORST when this post first went up. I got more filthy drive by hate emails and comments from them than anyone else. They are a bunch of … well, insert your own description here. ;)


  11. LSDetroit

    Stop being polite or pretending to be polite. People there treat you more like shit the nicer you are. Better yet, try to get the fuck out. I kept Michigan plates on my car for SIX years because the employees at the DMV didn’t give a crap about helping me change them over. I’m so glad they were such pricks, It probably would have cost me 6 grand in repairs, mods and fees if I actually did.

    City data is filled with unemployed agoraphobics who think Chicago is the center of the universe. Ignore them, most I doubt even know the name of the guy at the front desk.


    • Martin

      The problem is that Chicago is the biggest small town ever: Clannish and cliquey. Don’t “know” someone in Chicago? Forget about a decent job. Racism (from all races) and segregation are rampant and permanent. “Old boy” kickbacks and favors are considered normal business. CPD is just as much of a problem as the gangs….. Really this city is a mess. And it’s such a shame. Chicago could be such an incredible city. But it’s really easy to pretend Chicago is just great when you have the money to hide in a “nice” part of town.


      • Nikko

        Your remark about racism stricken a cord. I’ve lived in LA most of my life, OC, Vegas and have been in Chicago since 2013. There’s racism every where. But in Chicago it is literally in your face. And when you talk about it, they tell you Oh it’s not that bad. Yeah if you compare to 1950! A neighbor refused to shake hand with me. While another dude used a racial slurt in the parking lot. I’ve never felt so unwelcomed. I live in the SW burb area, I heard I’m the wrong color in the wrong neighborhood. Well we are moving back to Vegas soon. So they can have their unicolor neighborhood back gladly.


      • Do you really think of those as small town traits, Martin? I don’t know. I’ve never lived in one personally but I know people who have, and it doesn’t sound like they’ve described it to me. I think that’s why I can’t wrap my brain around this notion that Chicago is “the biggest small town” ever. I’ve heard others say it too and it simply doesn’t make sense to me.

        The other things you mention those – the basic “it’s not what you know it’s who you know” sentiment does seem to be huge here, and I’ve even seen that addressed in documentary type shows I’ve seen about Chicago. The whole mob/union/Democrat thing. It’s about who controls the city, and if you don’t know them you’re nobody. Now that I think about it, sounds more like what I’ve heard about frat houses, lol.


    • Yeah, seems like the best thing is just not to make eye contact with anyone. I heard about this machete attack on one of the CTA lines. Now that is some scary sh!t. So glad you made it out, LSD!


  12. So, I’ve been sick for the last several weeks and have missed a lot here! I’m sorry for that. Thankfully I’m on the mend now and plan on getting back into my groove here. Thanks for your patience, guys! :)



  13. Martin

    Chicago teachers, firefighters, cops, and many many other city employees have been paid unsustainable and irresponsible wages and pensions for decades. While some Chicago students graduate high school hardly able to read and write, you have to wonder if some these teacher pensions are substantiated? And when gangs continue to flourish, despite the lies of Garry McCarthy’s media manager, you have to wonder why CPD is so well compensated? These working class “heroes” from the Chicago public union sector are such great citizens of Chicago, none of them are willing to budge an inch in rectifying Chicago’s scary pensions crises. These saintly public employees would rather see Chicago go bankrupt than lose a cent of their over sized salaries/ pensions. And no, I don’t think a tech boon is going to pull Chicago out of this deficit because tech boons are fickle and can collapse over night. I would say bringing back mass manufacturing operations would save Chicago but that’s wishful thinking for now. Lastly, as someone who lives in Little Village, there are illegal immigrants pouring into this city every week with kids to boot. And when so many US citizens remain un or under employed in Chicago….. It kind of leaves you scratching your head.


    • I agree with you 100% on this one, Martin. All those you mentioned, the teachers, cops, etc, are union, and it’s these unions and their “guaranteed yearly wage increases” and sky-high pensions and perks that drain the taxpayer dollars dry. I had a blogger friend some time ago, over on http://www.chicagolampoon.blogspot.com/ and if you scroll down on his sidebar to his “greatest hits,” he’s got posts that list teacher’s salaries from area school districts. The numbers would astound you. Not to mention, the extra perks that many teachers get – retired ones too! Like cars, and full medical benefits paid, etc. It’s corruption, plain and simple. Legalized robbery of the taxpayer.


  14. Martin

    This is so typical Chicago!!! More of Obama’s buddies……

    “Police: 2 charged in city tow truck scam”

    Charged with theft by deception were Lennie Perry, 40, of the 7500 block of South Maryland Avenue, and Arica Perry, 28, of the 9000 block of South Harvard Avenue, according to Chicago Police. The City of Chicago’s employee database lists a Lennie Perry as a tow truck driver with a salary of $70,408 a year.



    • It really IS so typical of here! I’ve been hearing about scams like this the entire time I’ve lived here. I used to hear stories of tow companies that had portable “No Parking” signs they’d put up after someone had parked in a spot, making the poor people think they hadn’t seen a sign that was “plain as day” when they pulled in. Once the drivers had paid, the tow company picked up their signs and moved them to the next spot they wanted to tag.

      Thanks for the link, Martin. You just can’t be too vigilant in Chicago, even when it comes to parking your car.


  15. Martin

    Orkin crowns Chicago the city with the most rats. Here’s the full Orkin rat list:

    1. Chicago
    2. Los Angeles
    3. Washington, D.C.-Hagerstown
    4. New York
    5. San Francisco-Oak-San Jose
    6. Seattle-Tacoma
    7. Detroit
    8. Cleveland-Akron-Canton
    9. Baltimore
    10. Miami-Ft. Lauderdale
    11. Dallas-Ft. Worth
    12. Denver
    13. Houston
    14. Atlanta
    15. Boston-Manchester
    16. Minneapolis-St. Paul
    17. Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto
    18. Syracuse
    19. Indianapolis
    20. Charlotte

    ***The list was based solely on the number of treatments performed by Orkin in the past year.


  16. You all have probably seen or heard by now, but I thought it worth the time to post a link to the article about the voter fraud taking place here in IL.


    We have to be extra vigilant around here when it comes to voting!

    Take care and happy voting!


  17. Wanted to say Hello and Welcome to Nikko! Thank you for stopping by and commenting, Nikko. :) And congratulations on your upcoming move. You are one of the lucky ones able to get out, and thankfully you haven’t spent a lifetime here, although it may feel like it at times. :)

    Hope to see you again!


  18. A friend of mine posted this on FaceBook, and I knew I had to share it with you guys! Guess where tops the list?! LOL

    The States People Want To Get The Hell Out Of [Infographic]


  19. Martin

    I’m so saddened by the continued violence in Chicago even around Christmas.

    Peace on Earth and Goodwill Toward Men…. Merry Christmas….


    • It is a sad thing, Martin. Still, we can embrace the joy and love we do find, and cling to that. :)
      Merry Christmas, and peace and blessings to you!


  20. Just an FYI, I made one of my EverNote notebooks public, so I can share links and articles with you there, as well. The link is: https://www.evernote.com/pub/darcsfalcon/darcsfalconwhyithinkchicagosucks

    Thanks! Hope you’ve all had a great New Year, and that you’re keeping warm. *hugs*


  21. If you’re looking for something to do around Chicago, I got an email about this place recently.




  22. Martin

    Chicago nears fiscal free fall with latest downgrade: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/exclusive-chicago-rating-downgrade-could-end-swaps-deals-174532024–finance.html

    Chicago drew closer to a fiscal free fall on Friday with a rating downgrade from Moody’s Investors Service that could trigger the immediate termination of four interest-rate swap agreements, costing the city about $58 million and raising the prospect of more broken swaps contracts.


  23. Detria

    Rahm is part of three real estate companies buying up property all over the city, heard from a knowledge friend. Gee. Buy up the buildings, raise the rent, kick em out. Then slowly, they bring one building back at astronomical rates. When it is full, the next opens. This is happening around Wilson I am told. Taking there good sweet time to suck in people at sick rents in a city with repressed incomes. Really sad.

    The problem with the overpaid teachers and city workers – they don’t ‘get’ how screwed the rest of us are – who are tied to the global economy. They all seem rich – with their fat salaries and benefits while those of us getting eaten alive by cheap illegal Indian workers who SPAM and still get hired by all the big agencies here – while the average tech person of Chicago has to leave the industry. Thanks so much gov, for letting that continue unabated for over a decade now. The only tech work left in agencies tends to be quality assurance – so no point coming here for work, hons – head elsewhere.
    Oh, unless you like to SKATE BOARD cause that is Rahm’s idea of economic development stimulus, whereas in Boulder they ticket people for skateboarding on sidewalks. Not even a year for the skateboard park and been run down by three skateboarders already.

    Chicago sucks. The skateboard park sucks. But that whole area sucks anyway because it caters to car traffic – I mean, why not just keep driving people!!! The most provincial city I’ve ever experienced.

    There is a truck law for overweight trucks – but is it enforced? no. so my loud neighbor with his illegal truck woke me for the 1500th?? time in five years – no not making up those numbers. He says he is a nice guy, and I should just talk to him about it. And I have – over and over and he still gets away with an illegal truck illegally parked. With NPR on his side no less – that said laws should be abolished. Well, they can swap houses with me and get to be shook to wake daily.

    So go to bed earlier? Great idea! But that my police chief neighbor leaves his dog outside during city quiet hours- at night around 10 and bright and early at 6-7 am – because too lazy to walk the dog. That’s right – chief of police – loud and selfish and breaking the law. But where do you go from there? Call the police?

    No – just run, run, run — or just stay away from this place – the biggest provincial corrupt insular place in the world.

    Ah, that was fun. Love your site. Thanks for the vent.


    • Hello Detria, and welcome! Please accept my sincerest apologies for not responding sooner.

      I had no idea Rahm was part of a real estate thing – that one is news and good to know. It doesn’t surprise me at all. This whole place is nothing but scams and corruption.

      I know what you mean about the tech industry. The whole thing basically collapsed after the dot com bubble burst and has never come back like people thought it would. My husband and I know this personally. Tech jobs just moved elsewhere, and with Chicago having such high taxes, businesses don’t want to come here, not the mid-sized businesses that would pay well. The super corporations that get the tax breaks to come here, well, those aren’t as many as people think, and they don’t hire as many people either – they bring a lot of their own employees with them, so not so big on the new local hires.

      I’m sorry about your neighbors. Not being able to get enough sleep is … well, it sucks. I hope that gets resolved soon.

      Do come back and rant again whenever you feel the need. That’s why we’re here. :)



  24. After 28 years of living there, Chicago, – The City of Broad Shoulders and Narrow Minds, that raw, grey, graffiti-scrawled morgue slab of a city – and I had come to the end of our codependent relationship.

    How best to sum-up my hometown? A poverty of imagination and a wealth of proudly displayed ignorance is the lingua franca of its mean streets. When their televisions and cheap lager aren’t numbing their moral outrage, Chicagoans keet their sphincters clenched so tight that it cuts off the blood supply to their brains and hearts. Behind the empty bravado of their butch, Workin’-Class Hero, Fuck-You Attitude lies a constipated reservoir of insecurities they are desperate to cover up. A classic case of an illusion of strength maintained through a weakness of character.

    Every Holiday Season the cops joke about scraping off the corpses of the homeless that have frozen onto Lower Wacker Drive. Every St. Patrick’s Day the Chicago River is dyed shamrock green and the bar floors stained blood red. If H. H. Holmes, John Wayne Gacy and Richard Speck are our poster boys, then Boss Richard Daley is our corpulent, corrupt patron saint. Although Chicago invented the modern serial killer it didn’t create ward politics – although it continues to breed the former while being the last city in America to abandon the latter. Whether in a crawl space in Berwyn making room for a new arrival or in City Hall figuring out where the bodies are buried, Chicago’s peculiar brand of psychopathology has a way of making its presence felt at all levels of civic life. Even walking the streets becomes an experiment in terror. Chicago’s the only town where the taxi cabs speed up at pedestrian crosswalks when the traffic light is not in their favor just to watch the people scatter and run.

    That chill and bluster you just felt wasn’t from the wind off the lake. That stench of civic rot you smelled wasn’t wafting from one of the many landfills that dot the surrounding area. It was from the locals. Windy City, indeed.


  25. Martin


    *Arkansas-based Tyson Foods Inc. announced Nov. 19 it will shutter one of its Chicago factories, which makes prepared meals for the hospitality industry. The closure means 480 workers will lose their jobs.

    *As of October, Illinois has lost 14,100 manufacturing jobs in 2015 alone – the largest drop in the Midwest. It also stands as the only Great Lakes manufacturing state to lose factory jobs over the last three years.


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