Photographs by Ryan Robinson. Model by Joseph Cruz.
If Windy City denizens had to boil down their relationship with the city in Facebook terms, it might best be described as "It's complicated." We've got plenty of gripes-the parking meters, a sky-high sales tax and, yes, the satanic winters-but we dare any out-of-towner to question Chicago's merits, whether it's our sometimes fumbling but always lovable sports teams, our occasionally douche-dotted but fully accessible club scene or our affordable, nationally recognized restaurants. So while we love New York and Los Angeles, undeniable epicenters of trendsetting and innovation, we'll gladly take our gritty, celebrity-less city-blizzards, 66 hell bus and all.