Chicagoans have a reputation for being opinionated folks. As a group, we aren't afraid to speak out on everything from local politics to hometown sports teams and the best spots to grab deep-dish pizza and Chicago-style hot dogs.
But we adults aren't the only ones who love to dish on what makes Chicago such a great city. Our kids have plenty to say about their hometown, too.
Chicago Parent assembled a panel of 12 Chicago-area kids between the ages of 7 and 14 from both the city and the `burbs. We asked them to share their favorite hometown spots, thoughts on how we could improve our city, best local eats and more.
Turns out that these kids have lots of reasons to love the city they call home (and plenty of ideas on what we can do to make it a better place for future generations of Chicagoans).You might also like:
What would you do if you were mayor for a day?
"I would go to see all of my favorite sports teams and get all of the players' autographs." Timothy
"I would let kids eat free across the city. I would also lower the sales tax and cost of gas across the city." Nathaniel
"No school for a day!" Madison
"Everyone has to donate one thing to the food pantry." Zoe K.
"I would have one day when you could go to any museum or attraction for free." Drake
"I would make everyone in Chicago vegan for a day and I would free all of the animals in the slaughterhouses, and I wouldn't allow mouse traps anywhere." Ulaiassi
"I would make a day that kids can be adults. I have always wanted to work even though I am a kid. If kids did this, they might give adults ideas on how to run the city and do their jobs well." Zoe M.
"I would give everyone free candy." Jake
"I would make it so homeless people have places to live, get food and clothes, and shower." Haley