Mayor Emanuel says he wants to help visitors understand Chicago.
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I knew Chicago was a great city, but I didn’t realize just how great until I saw the video prepared by our NATO Host Committee for our international visitors.

The ten-minute film features a series of business leaders and other civic boosters blustering on about our town: “I love the attitude here, it’s just a positive attitude, a good vibe—anything’s possible.” “It’s vibrant, at the same time it’s very serene.” “Michigan Avenue is so attractive from beginning to end.” “We have some of the best chefs in the world . . . many Michelin-rated restaurants.” “We’ve got great people, great talent . . . a business culture, and people with a great can-do attitude.” “It is a great place to find the kind of people that fit into a corporate culture.” “You can walk down the street in Chicago and ask anybody for directions, and they’re happy to give it to you with a smile on their face.” “There’s opportunity here, somewhere, all the time.”

Our Windy City title is not in jeopardy.