The Windy City, Chi-Town, the Second City... whatever you call it, Chicago is one of America's great cities. Chicago has been voted Best Large City in the US.
Illinoisans know how to do summer right. Lake Michigan is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts with boating on the water and so many great beach activities (volleyball anyone?).
Much of the Illinois culture is based on their love for sports. Just mention the '85 Bears, the 90s Bulls, or the 2016 Cubs, and you'll fit right in.
Chicago's history is largely as a cattle town. Maybe it is the cold winters that lead these Midwesterners to create some of the best comfort food options in the country. Chicago deep dish pizza is legendary. We also recommend checking out the Italian beef sandwiches... Big Al's is our go-to.