Moving from Texas to the Heart of America
Chicago ranks as the third largest city in the US with a population of over 2.7 million. Its nickname comes from the fact that it is a major transportation hub. Often called “The city by the Lake” (referring to the Lake Michigan), or the Windy City, Chicago is a busy, densely populated city, with arguably the most beautiful skyline not only in the United States but in the entire world.
Moving from Texas to Chicago brings changes in many aspects. If you come from Houston or Dallas, the big city scene will not surprise you. What may challenge you the most is the weather. There will be plenty of snow for you to tackle in Chicago.
Compared to the humid subtropical climate in most parts of Texas, Chicago weather gets very cold and snowy during the winter (especially in January and February). But once the cold season is over you get to enjoy warm blooming spring and hot summer.
Chicago housing and living costs
As far as cost of living goes, Chicago tends to be on the more expensive side. However, keep in mind that prices change dramatically depending on the neighborhood. Also, the difference in costs depends on which city in Texas you are moving from.
To give you concrete numbers, check the following examples. If you are moving from Dallas for example, you will find Chicago’s cost of living 16% more expensive, with housing over 40% more expensive. But if you are moving from Austin, Chicago will be 6% less expensive, with housing up to 30% cheaper.
Chicago’s neighborhoods differ a lot from one another, so we would recommend you to do your homework in advance and pick a neighborhood that best fits your lifestyle.
Top sights in Chicago
With a vibrant social scene, music festivals, great food and, of course, beer, Chicago will not disappoint you when it comes to leisure. The city boasts over 26 miles of shoreline, which means you will have plenty of fascinating beaches to choose from.
Among the top sights, you should visit are the Willis Tower, Millenium Park, Navy Pier, Cloud Gate, Shedd Aquarium, the Art Institute of Chicago, and its magnificent parks such as Millennium Park, Oz Park, Lincoln Park, Indian Boundary Park, Grant Park, and Jackson Park.
Moving to Chicago with a car
Being a driver in Chicago can be more expensive if you compare it to Texas. Gas, car insurance, car payments, as well as parking permits carry a heftier price tag in the Windy City. Once you settle in Chicago, you will have 30 days to apply for Illinois license plates. To register your vehicle in Chicago you will need to purchase your Illinois car insurance. If you are planning on keeping your car within the City of Chicago limits, you will need to purchase and display a City Vehicle Sticker.
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