Moving to the Windy City
Chicago — the Windy City sitting on the shores of Lake Michigan that keeps stealing people’s hearts every year. There are various reasons why one would prefer to make Chicago their new home. With its warm atmosphere, great job opportunities, a mix of home construction styles, and breathtaking landscapes, the Windy City is ready to welcome anyone with open arms.
Currently, the city is home to over 2.7 million people, while the Chicago Metropolitan area has a population of over 9.5 million. Even though the city is the third largest in the US, its population is quite dense.
As you’re already used to New York’s humid subtropical climate with hot, humid summers, and freezing cold winters with snowfalls, prepare to experience a similar climate in Chicago. The city has a humid continental climate with hot and humid summers and cold and snowy winters as well as worth-waiting climate during the spring and summer seasons.
Housing and Living Costs
Compared to New York City, housing and living costs in Chicago are less expensive. Consumer prices are around 23% lower, rent prices 44.52% lower, and restaurant prices 22.54% lower.
Depending on which area of Chicago you will relocate to, the housing cost and rent will vary a lot. If you rent an apartment or decide to buy a house away from the city center, expect prices to be less expensive.
Besides focusing you housing research on prices, you should also carefully pick a Chicago neighborhood, as they differ tremendously from one another. To give you a head start, Downtown, the Loop, River North, and the New East Side are some of the most preferred areas to live in Chicago.
Economy and Employment
With one of the most balanced economies, Chicago and its suburbs have currently the third-largest GMP in the US. There are also 29 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the city. These top companies among others, offer plenty of job opportunities for people trained in various industries.
Manufacturing, government, real estate, publishing, insurance, healthcare, food processing, and healthcare are the best industries at the moment that constantly have open job vacancies for people who have the skills and experience to work for them.
Things to see and do while in Chicago
Moving from a busy city like New York to yet another busy city like Chicago will give you one more reason to continue to work hard and play hard. Chicago blooms with fresh energy and has the ability to empower you and amaze you with its rich artistic life, great food, vibrant nightlife, beautiful beaches, and last but not least, its music festivals.
With over 26 miles of shoreline, you will have lots of beach options to explore and enjoy during the summer, such as the 31st Street Beach, Rainbow Beach, Montrose Beach, North Avenue Beach, and Oak Street Beach.
Moving to Chicago with a car
Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), the second-largest public transportation system in the US, serves not only the city of Chicago but all its 40 neighboring communities. Nevertheless, owning a car is always great if you live far away from work and don’t want to rely on public transport every time you need to go somewhere, be it for work, a night out, or a simple getaway weekend every once in a while.
As soon as you move to Chicago, you will have 30 days to register your car and obtain an Illinois auto insurance. For more info, check the DMV official website.