It definitely can be. Certain neighborhoods offer more or less access to green space, vivacious culture or nightspots. Access can certainly be had to history and culture through Chicago's museum campus, and Illinois residents frequently have reduced admission prices on certain days. Culturally, it can be really great to explore different neighborhoods of the city, many of which are or historically have been home to certain groups of people (e.g. Pilsen for Mexican Americans, etc.) - these rich neighborhoods have unique histories of their own and due to gentrification, that doesn't always line up with where they are now or will be even by the time you get here.
I live in Albany Park, one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the country, and I have two parks within walking distance of my house, both with playground equipment. I have lived in the city for 15 years and still haven't managed to explore every neighborhood. Neat things to check out: Storytime in Lincoln Square, Puppetbike, Chicago Children's Museum, Chicago History Museum, in addition to the usual big museums (Art Institute, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry etc.)