Transmogrified Tiger wrote:
You can still enjoy yourself at Shedd, but it definitely has a lot of downside. It's worth a visit if you have time, or like me every couple years or so, but it's not worth the hassle to go out of your way.
As someone who lives in the northwestern suburbs, I'll stick up for them a bit. The metra extends all the way out there to give quick access to the city, there's not any traffic outside waiting an extra turn at a stop light at busy intersections at busy times, there's a pretty expansive forest preserve system that's nice, and most of the suburbs have pretty nice downtown areas. Needs more hills, I guess? I wouldn't put that in the top 50 or so reasons to live somewhere, but some people like their hills I suppose.
To me St. Louis is too flat. It's just something that if you grew up with hills, you'll miss them when you're in flat areas. I love seeing downtown Cincinnati from the cut in the hill and seeing Mt. Adams looking over the city. Flat areas depress me, and with my new-found passion for cycling, I do appreciate having some hills in St. Louis to help me kick my ass a little harder when out for rides.
I do like that from my uncle's place in the NW suburbs I can walk just a few blocks to catch a train downtown, but I've said it many times, I love visiting Chicago, I don't want to live there, though. I was born near Chicago and spent a year of my childhood living in the NW suburbs, but it's just too damn cold, and all the other stuff I said.