Lakefront breezes made Chicago's reputation as the Windy City. But now Chicago is having a moment with celebrated West Loop restaurants and authentic Bridgeport ethnic eateries, Bucktown blues bars and Millennium Park concerts, downtown's awe-inspiring Art Institute and Wrigleyville's gut-busting Improv Olympics. White Sox, Cubs, Bulls, and Bears games are not far from President Obama's Hyde Park home.
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Downtime has become an art form in Houston's Museum District, Midtown bistros and honky-tonks in revitalized Washington Corridor. But schedules get rearranged for Dynamo stadium soccer games, azalea tours around River Oaks mansions and shopping at the Galleria's 400 stores.
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