I just went to Houston the shining city on the plain. A polite city of hustle, heart, wealth, and power (thanks to it's dominance of the energy industry.) Houston while being a top notch global city has an ease to it lacking in Chicago even in the suburbs where I live. I stayed at an airbnb in Tanglewood.
I couldn't beleve the array of small buisnesses in Houston. Most places are dominated by chains to a much greater extent than Houston.