Never in a million years did I think I’d ever say these words: there is a North American city that is better than Chicago. Vancouver has a vibe that can’t be described. Glass-and-steel high rises with a backdrop of Pacific-Northwest pine forests, mountains and ocean make this an incredibly beautiful city. Same could be said for Seattle and I’m definitely not saying that Chicago is any less beautiful…just in a different way. Rating these cities side-by-side clearly shows why Vancouver is slightly better:
Architecture: Winner = Chicago. All of Vancouver’s building are new, classy and clean, but they all look the same.
Environment: Winner = Vancouver. Ocean, mountains, lush greenery makes Couver the winner.
Food: Winner = TIE, but slight edge to Chicago
Culture: TIE. Pretty even.
Sports: Winner = Chicago. Just by having those rat-bastard Canucks in their city makes Vancouver an automatic loser in this category. Plus the CFL is made up of nothing more than guys that can’t make the NFL.
Weather: Winner = Vancouver. Not even close.
Pace of Life: Winner = Vancouver. Chill mode in a big city. Great combo.
Friendliness: Winner = Vancouver.
Racial Harmony: Winner = Vancouver. People get along here. What a concept.
Cleanliness: Winner = Vancouver, but not by a landslide. Has it’s graffiti here and there, but overall pretty clean.
Crime: Winner = Vancouver, by a landslide. Chicago had 38 shootings last weekend. I think all of Canada had 3.
Air Quality: Winner = Vancouver, by a landslide.
Cost of Living: Winner = TIE, both are expensive, but Vancouver might be slightly more expensive.
Public Transportation: Winner = Vancouver. Clean, easy to use, abundant and cheap.
Couple all of that with a food tour, a steep cable car ride up the side of a mountain, ski lifts, Canada Day parade, art museum, shopping, fresh seafood and fireworks and you have had yourself one pretty sweet vacation.
So get there if you can. Even if you’re a die-hard Chicagoan like myself, and as hard as it may be to discard blind pride, you will be convinced that a greater city exists. What other city has cops that stop to take pictures with you and compare bald heads??