Careening toward bankruptcy after 22 years with Daley as mayor, the city has lost 200,000 inhabitants in the past decade. But for all his cronyism and budgetary denial, Daley put a shine on a great but gray town. He built so many parks that Midwestern nurseries ran out of trees. His triumph, Millennium Park, is the dazzling emblem of a period that brought Chicago social harmony—along with booming tourism, e-commerce, and new kinds of culture. Now, from a music scene powered by the underground footwork energy of juke to adventurous three-star restaurants, high-stepping fashion, and hot artists, Chicago is not only “the city that works,” in Mayor Daley’s slogan, but also an exciting, excited city in which all these glittery worlds shine.