I am actually not to familiar with the area. My husband grew up here and I am still learning my way around... although I do know University (which is about 5 minutes away from me) and Chicago. It is a task trying to figure out the area because Riverside is so much bigger than what I am used to, but I am finding my way around more and more every day.
Riverside is definately cool though. It has a lot of different things going on that I probably would have never been able to experience if it wasn't for being here. Just a couple of weekends ago I was able to go see a Silent Movie at the Mission Inn. What an experience. And I also love the look of palm trees. It is a beautiful city depending on what part you are in!