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Real Estate

Chicago among top 10 cities for snob appeal

comp:000052a6ee9b:0000000bb9:6d22 0 <p>By Paul Tooher<br /><br />Feel a little smug when you tell people you&rsquo;re from Chicagoland? Turns out you&rsquo;re not alone. The most recent edition of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/americas-snobbiest-cities">Travel+Leisure</a> magazine ranks the Chicago metropolitan area as the seventh snobbiest city in America. <br /><br />&ldquo;One reason that the urbane Windy City made the highfalutin top 10 is its renowned theater scene, although it&rsquo;s hard to call the sketch work at Second City, or the improv at iO Chicago Theater, snooty,&rdquo; according to the magazine. &ldquo;A favorite among serious architecture buffs, Chicago did win the survey for one great (culinary) equalizer: Pizza.&rdquo;<br /><br />Finishing ahead of Chicago was San Francisco, as the snobbiest city in the nation, followed by New York, Boston, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Santa Fe, N.M., and Seattle. Rounding out the top 10 were the <a href="http://www.zillow.com/providence-ri/?utm_source=The_Northwest_Herald&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=AtomFeeder&amp;cbpartner=The+Northwest+Herald">Renaissance City</a>, Washington and Charleston, S.C.<br /><br />What did it take to make the list?<br /><br />The magazine&rsquo;s editors factored in some &ldquo;traditional staples of snobbery&rdquo; including a reputation for aloof and smart residents, along with high-end shopping and highbrow cultural offerings like classical music and theater.<br />The editors also considered 21st-century definitions of elitism, such as tech-savvy, artisanal coffeehouses and a conspicuous eco-consciousness &ndash; the &ldquo;kind of city where you get a dirty look for throwing your coffee cup in the wrong bin.&rdquo;<br /><br />San Francisco and New York City might seem like obvious picks. But Providence?<br /><br />According to the magazine, residents of the city founded by Roger Williams &ldquo;seem to embrace a caf&eacute;-culture attitude: after all, the city ranks No. 3 for caf&eacute;s &hellip; and No. 4 for cutting-edge performance art.&rdquo; <br /><br />&ldquo;Even its No. 1-ranked burgers exhibit a little healthy pretension: The sliders at beloved Harry&rsquo;s Bar &amp; Burger are 100 percent Hereford beef, and you can wash them down with a local beer (served, quirkily, in a 68-ounce boot),&rdquo; the magazine reports.<br /><br /><br /></p>
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