Chicago and me? Sometimes things get dicey. That wind, oh, when I go to the lake seeking peace and blue and a cold lake wind stab-stab-stabs… but then, there’s the good stuff: I can pack up on a Friday morning for a last-minute camping trip with Amanda and be in Cincinnati to see Kirsten that evening. (Oh, and stop at Target on the way out because I have zero clean undies and nary a pair of driving sunglasses). And then on the way home, after a weekend of catching up, of not camping (storms!) and toasting s’mores over a camping stove on Kirsten’s front porch, Chicago welcomed me back. Zooming up Lakeshore Drive on Sunday night, sun setting, lake sparkling… Alex Kotlowitz writes for Fast Company about why Chicago is the U.S. city of the year.