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What downtowns do you think are most energetic(eg places open at night and people still out) all day and all night other than nyc and miami.
 

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Chicago would probably be next. I'm not too firmiliar with SF's downtown, but I can imagine it having reasonable nightlife.
 

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The Financial District is hectic during the day but pretty quiet at night. Union Square, North Beach, Fishermans Wharf and Chinatown have lots of activity for most of the day and well into the night. Nightlife in the neighborhoods can be pretty lively too depending on which area. I've sat in traffic jams at 3am-people leaving The City. Ive also ran into traffic jams at 12am on Sat night, people coming into The City.
 

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UrbanSophist said:
The river north area of Chicago is open pretty much 24 hours. Don't go to the Loop, though. You'll mostly just see homeless people and people going home from a late shift.
that is true... especially after like 6 pm... on a weekday.

One side of the river is still busy and open (River North) and the other side (Loop) feels empty or at least emptier than River North.
 

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Azn_chi_boi said:
that is true... especially after like 6 pm... on a weekday.

One side of the river is still busy and open (River North) and the other side (Loop) feels empty or at least emptier than River North.
Yeah,
San Francisco's FiDi pretty much shuts down after like 7pm...except for the stragglers who are working late and homeless. But there are always lost out of towners too..LOL
 

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I think New York and Chicago are the two that have the liveliest downtowns. Miami Beach is probably more lively than either of those, but it's not really a downtown. San Francisco, Los Angeles and Boston all close at 2:00 am. But in all of those cities there's usually plenty to do after closing time.
 

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UrbanSophist said:
The river north area of Chicago is open pretty much 24 hours. Don't go to the Loop, though. You'll mostly just see homeless people and people going home from a late shift.

I agree, but it depends where you are.

The East Loop (State/Wabash/Michigan) has become more residential and Millennium Park draws crowds well past 5 on weeknights. It also draws big crowds on weekends. More restaurants are opening on Wacker Drive west of Michigan, and new bars are coming to Lake Street.
State Street's revitalization has brought more energy to the street after 5 pm and on weekends, thanks to the influx of college kids for the most part.

The Theatre district on Randolph/Dearborn/State is always crowded at night. This is the Loop, not Michigan Ave or River North. More restaurants are opening in this area to accomdate theatre patrons.

West of Dearborn is pretty dead after 5 or on the weekends. But the Loop is too large and has too much to offer to label the entire area has "empty" after business hours. Its not true at all. People compare it to Michigan Ave/North Bridge. Its not a fair comparsion, North Michigan
is a consumer/entertainment paradise, and the Loop is basically a massive business district.
 

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LA1 said:
I agree, but it depends where you are.

The East Loop (State/Wabash/Michigan) has become more residential and Millennium Park draws crowds well past 5 on weeknights. It also draws big crowds on weekends. More restaurants are opening on Wacker Drive west of Michigan, and new bars are coming to Lake Street.
State Street's revitalization has brought more energy to the street after 5 pm and on weekends, thanks to the influx of college kids for the most part.
Well, when I think 24 hours, I'm thinking past midnight. And just because of the relative lack of bars and clubs in this area, its not very lively.

But there's definitely still people out taking a joy stroll around these parts.
 

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cityboy777 said:
What downtowns do you think are most energetic(eg places open at night and people still out) all day and all night other than nyc and miami.
as a resident of it let me clarify: downtown miami is NOT 24 hours there are about 4 nightclubs on one block 10 blocks north of the CBD core and they are NOT even open everyday. sun-thurs in downtown=closed at 7
SOUTH BEACH (a few miles to the east on a barrier island/peninsula) is the 24 hour part of miami.

they are as distant in charater and actual distance (approx) as midtown and the west village are in manhattan.
 

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Sigh...no one would put AC in Vegas league. Vegas gets far more visitors than AC.

We are talking about downtowns and big cities.
Why is AC even mentioned? It doesnt have a downtown, and its a run down, grimy, over-the-hill resort. I have no idea why you think its a nice place, I never, ever hear anything good about it.
 

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UrbanSophist said:
Well, when I think 24 hours, I'm thinking past midnight. And just because of the relative lack of bars and clubs in this area, its not very lively.

But there's definitely still people out taking a joy stroll around these parts.
I didnt say they were 24 hours. I was saying they arent empty after 5 pm is response to some other comments.
 

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LA1 said:
Sigh...no one would put AC in Vegas league. Vegas gets far more visitors than AC.

We are talking about downtowns and big cities.
Why is AC even mentioned? It doesnt have a downtown, and its a run down, grimy, over-the-hill resort. I have no idea why you think its a nice place, I never, ever hear anything good about it.

Well let's see Miami Beach is a city and it's about the same size as AC in population. The Boardwalks and Casinos are AC's Downtown, you may want to check it out the homes in the location are bangin, revitalization to the extreme it's not like it was in the early 80's. Cities can change and evolve, being from chicago you should know something about changing and revitalization and renovations.
 

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Downtown AC has how many office workers? Its not a real downtown. I dont think Miami Beach should be included either. Downtown Miami, I dont know how busy that is.
 

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Michigan Avenue didn't appear to be too busy after midnight. But then again, I don't live in Chicago so I'm not familiar with it. I think the reason is that everyone's at bars and nightclubs.
 
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