An abusive relationship
In the winter, Chicago consistently beats you down (emotionally and physically) until you’re really thinking you might have to leave it. But then spring, and ultimately summer, comes around and Chicago starts being so pleasant, giving you free movies and music in the park and telling you how much it just wants you to be happy. And just when you decide to stay and maybe you guys can work it out, winter comes and the cycle starts over.
Audience choice: Unpredictable
Best audience comments: “A fickle mistress”; “Bipolar”; “From sauna to cryonic preservation tank with nanosecond segues”; “Inconsiderate”; “Invigorating”; “Overly lamented”; “Almost winter, winter, still winter, road construction”; “Real Chicagoans don’t whine about weather”
Best of Chicago 2012