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Posted on Oct 16, 2015

Chicago Vs. New York: The Ultimate Showdown

Which city is better?

For the first time in history, the New York Mets will meet the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS, with the victor advancing to the World Series.

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The Mets last appeared in the World Series in 2000 and last won the title in 1986. The Cubs' last World Series appearance was in 1945, and they haven't won a title since 1908. That's 107 years, kids. TL;DR – This NLCS is a very VERY big deal.

On top of the madness, Chicago and New York are two cities with a historic rivalry dating back to the first days of the United States, through the great skyscraper race of the early 1900s, and into present day.

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I've lived in both cities, and here's how the rivalry breaks down today: Chicago is still a little bitter about being labeled "The Second City" during a fight with New York for a location bid for the Columbian Exposition (and again later in the 1950s), and doesn't understand why New York is considered by most to be a "better" city when Chicago has just as much culture, amazing cuisine, iconic buildings and public transportation that New York has.

New York, on the other hand, is too busy comparing itself to London and L.A. to pay Chicago much attention. Also, it's a common New York mentality to consider the city the ~only~ place to be. This New York superiority complex tends to just piss off Chicagoans even more, which makes sense.

In other words, this.

AMC

Is New York still on top, or is Chicago totally underrated? Let's do the American thing and take it to a vote!

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  1. Best Pizza

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    Chicago-Style Deep Dish
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    New York Slice
  1. Best Hot Dog

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    Chicago "Dragged Through The Garden" Dog
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    New York "I'm-Drunk-Give-Me-A" Chili Dog
  1. Best Sports Hero

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    Michael Jordan
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    Babe Ruth
  1. Best Tall-Ass Building

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    Sears Tower (NOT Willis)
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    Empire State Building
  1. Best Rapper

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    Kanye West
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    Jay Z
  1. Best...River

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    Chicago River
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    East River
  1. Best Mayor

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    Rahm Emanuel
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    Bill De Blasio
  1. Best Iconic Rock Band

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    Smashing Pumpkins
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    The Ramones
  1. Best Park

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    Grant Park
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    Central Park
  1. Best Large Nearby Body Of Water

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    Lake Michigan
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    Atlantic Ocean
  1. Best Skyline

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    Chicago
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    New York
  1. Best Public Transportation

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    The L
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    The Subway
  1. Best Bullshit Tourist Place

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    Michigan Avenue
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    Times Square
  1. Best Oddly Popular Statue Thing

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    The Bean
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    Charging Bull
  1. Best Popular Art Museum

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    The Art Institute Of Chicago
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    MoMA
  1. Best Dumb Shot

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    Malort
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    Picklebacks
  1. Best Dumb Quarterback Face

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    Jay Culter
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    Eli Manning

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