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Giving Thanks

By Justin Sondak in Miscellaneous on Nov 24, 2005 3:16PM

The turkey's in the oven, the parades are on TV, and jocks turned analysts are ready for some football. Thanksgiving is here! Before indulging in the big bird and enough sides to feed a small army, let's take a moment to give thanks.

This year we're thankful that:

Our city's image is tied more to business, arts, and climate swings than to organized crime.

Visitors marvel at world-class architecture we take for granted.

Chicago winters can be rough, but Da Mare's smart enough to keep those plows running.

Hurricane Katrina didn't come here, and our city welcomed victims of that bitchy storm with open arms.

Chicago's culinary community embraces new ideas while respecting regional traditions.

Our theaters are serving up a bounty of Christmas Carols:
Goodman Theatre’s big, traditional retelling
Provision Theater’s intense, storefront version
Cheery, family-friendly fare in three suburban versions
500 Clowns’ wacky and surreal romp
Raven Theatre’s wry Hipmas Carol

Over 100 companies offer theatrical alternatives when you've reached holiday overload.

Healthy competition has pushed the galleries in River North and River West to take new risks and has pushed the gallery scene far beyond the river.

The 2005 White Sox won it all and the fans celebrated in style, without major incident or excessive gloating.

The Cubs can always look forward to next year.

The Bears have exceeded our expectations and playoff success doesn't seem so crazy after all.

When our Senators talk, the nation listens.

Field's is still Field's....for now.

Our "third-person" style allows Chicagoist to celebrate the holiday in the city, the suburbs, the East Coast and the West Coast; with our family, our girlfriend, our boyfriend, our new spouse, and friends who couldn't make the trip home; with a big turkey and vegetarian dishes.

Finally, we're thankful that our readers make time for this humble site and, when the spirit moves them, serve as our spell check and encyclopedia.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!