Cold? Yes, but oddly cosy at the same time. This great city has some many eclectic neighbourhoods in which you can find great food and interesting people to chat with. Now before you say it, yes, Chicago has its fair share of problems.
Tower 13, in Mission Beach, San Diego is nostalgic for me. These lifeguard towers are the epitome of Southern California. These dot the coastline, keeping a watchful eye on the beach goers that blanket the sandy swaths of land, quietly keeping the public safe.