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The Second City stepped up to No. 1 when Sen. Barack Obama took the stage in Grant Park for his election night victory speech. Thanks to Michelle Obama, local designer Maria Pintos star has risen too, along with that of upscale Chicago retailer Ikram Goldman, whos been unofficially helping the future first lady in the fashion department. How good is the citys standing? When huge-haired Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich became embroiled in scandal, the City of Big Shoulders shrugged it off like so much dandruff.
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Millennium Park Ice Rink in Chicago.