Don't knock the Philly cheesesteak until you try it, or ding the Liberty Bell for its structural flaws: the City of Brotherly Love has nothing but love for revolutionary notions from Germantown's Underground Railroad stops to South Street's trash-paved Magic Gardens. It's all right, give in to the impulse to copy Rocky's triumphant jog up the up the Philadelphia Art Museum steps.
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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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