I quickly learned that most of the things friends and television had told me about Chicago wasn't true. Chicago quickly went from the place where I went to school, to competing with New York as home. I thought when I was done with school that the first thing I was going to do was move back to New York, but these days I'm pretty sure I'm staying in Chicago for much longer than I had originally planned.
By Mike Hecker
When I first came to Chicago in 2009, I was really naive and believed everything I heard about living in the city. I rarely left the Loop and thought danger was waiting at the end of every "el" ride. I remember taking a cab to get some food on Milwaukee Ave. the week I arrived and upon seeing the signs leading to the highway, I told the cab driver, "I don't want to go Wisconsin". Now three years later, I feel embarrassed that I once thought these things.