Yes, they've heard all the Portlandia jokes, but Portland stands by its quirks, indie bookstores, Alberta Arts District circus performers, reclaimed Rebuilding Center decor, Downtown farmers markets, and organic food carts, even after tastings of local gin on Distillery Row.
Read more about Portland on Hipmunk's Portland City Guide.
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.
Read more about Chicago on Hipmunk's Chicago City Guide.
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