City Life: What’s So Great About It?
As a resident of the third-largest metropolis in the United States, I have access to some of the best amenities that money can buy. However, friends and family members are always asking why I chose to be living in a big city instead of the suburbs. “The cost of living is higher,” “you don’t have a lot of space” and “it’s always noisy” are common arguments against city life. But I say that none of that compares to what is at your fingertips when you’re living in a big city! Don’t believe me? Here are just a few of the benefits of living in a city:
Living in the Windy City gives me the opportunity to go to world-renowned museums like the Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum and the Shedd Aquarium without much effort. While these locales may attract tourists from around the globe, living in a big city allows you to enjoy them at your leisure. Every major city has something different to offer, and that’s more than you can say about most small or suburban towns.
Whether you’re into music, theater, comedy, sports or television, cities are breeding grounds for creative types, and you get to reap the benefits. For example, living in Chicago gives me the opportunity to attend one of the biggest music festivals in the country (Lollapalooza), visit one of the most well-known comedy clubs in the business (Second City), and tailgate at one of the most legendary stadiums in football (Soldier Field). Let’s face it–city life means never getting bored!
Americans love their vehicles. But living in a big city opens your eyes to new ways of getting around. In most major cities, you don’t have to worry about paying car insurance, filling up the tank or getting the oil changed because you can take advantage of public transportation. Even better–you can bike everywhere! Chicago is an incredibly bike-friendly city with more lanes constantly being constructed across the massive sprawl. So instead of sitting in rush hour traffic or jamming onto a bus, I choose to hop on my bike and enjoy the breeze in my hair each day as I ride to and from work.
Oh, the food. Big cities are a melting pot of international fare, and you can find nearly anything under the sun if you look for it. Indian, Thai, Costa Rican and Mediterranean–you may just be able to find a spot with authentic tastes as if you’re in the native country itself. While it can absolutely cut into your budget, and maybe add to your waistline, it’s worth it!
City life gives you the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life, with different ethnicities, backgrounds and experiences. Because major metropolitan areas are incredibly international, it gives you the chance to become more open to people’s differences. Plus, meeting new people allows you to really find your niche and get out of your comfort zone.
What are your favorite aspects of big city life?