I grew up in central Illinois. My parents always wanted us out in the country with at least a couple acres of land separating us from the neighbors. Every time houses or shopping complexes appeared within two miles of our house, complaints were made about increased traffic. I reacted to this like every normal teenager: by rebelling against everything they stood for and declaring myself a fan of big cities.
After living in Dallas for three years, I can officially say that I do like big cities. The availability of unique and fantastic food and entertainment cannot be beat. However, now that I’m back in Illinois, I can admit that there are some solid reasons to love the Midwest. Continue reading