Finding the perfect place to establish new roots is a decision with implications that will long outlast a lease. Once you pick a spot on the map to plant your flag, jobs, friends, familiarity and the like may keep you there long after you’ve graduated from your first studio apartment.
That’s why it’s important to plant yourself in a place such as Chicago. The nation’s third-largest city offers a bit of everything, at decidedly non-coastal prices. Here are seven reasons to move to Chicago:
- Dream Homes Abound
Chicago is the birthplace of the skyscraper, and there are plenty of condos overlooking the Lake upholding that heritage to stunning effect. However, if a South Loop loft conversion, Pullman rowhouse, Wicker Park brownstone or Wrigleyville Victorian is more your speed, those and plenty more options await the savvy real estate shopper.
“Why should I move to Chicago?” is a question never asked once the snow melts. Yes, winters can be tough, but the city comes alive in warm weather. Between its 26 largely public miles of lakefront, attention to planned greenspace dating back to the 1800s, and a deep appreciation of every sort of food, music, art and lifestyle fest imaginable, Chicago dangles as many carrots as icicles in front of those braving the cold.
- Getting Around Is Easy
Though the great Chicago Fire of 1871 destroyed roughly one-third of the city, it was rebuilt on the grid system first plotted in 1830. Now, to fly into Chicago at night reveals mile after mile of perfect squares. It’s hard to lose your sense of direction here, and with the Chicago Transit Authority servicing 10,768 bus stops and 145 train stations, it’s easy to catch a ride to wherever (you might not even need a car). Add two international airports and a Midwest location, and travel throughout the country is pretty simple, too.
- Games, Games and More Games
A sports fan can readily answer, “Why move to Chicago?” The Bears, the Bulls, the White Sox, the Cubs, the Blackhawks, the WNBA champions Chicago Sky, soccer’s Fire and Red Stars — plus the Chicago Marathon, one of the biggest in the nation.
- Cutting-edge Culture
Chicago’s improv comedy scene invented the form. Its Theatre District is the proving ground for many Broadway-bound shows. Our diversity imbues rich scenes, from jazz to storefront theaters, cabaret to indie rock. From museums to public art to architecture, we embrace beauty and history.
- Deep-dish to Fine Dining
Yes, deep-dish pizza is the cliched calling card (and it can be terrific — but your go-to will end up being tavern style). An Italian beef is heaven on a dipped roll. However, Chicago is a foodie’s paradise, with Michelin stars scattered around the city and various neighborhood strongholds of traditional ethic cooking. You’ll never get to all the restaurants you want to try.
- Money Matters
Why do people move to Chicago? They get the complete, every-bell-and-whistle urban lifestyle at a fraction of the prices they’d pay in San Francisco, New York or Los Angeles. In fact, Chicago ranked 38th among the 74 most populous U.S. cities for cost of living based on rent, food, gas and utilities.
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Now that you’ve learned why you should move to Chicago, let us help get you into the perfect rental in the Jewel by the Lake. Reaching out to us today is a great way to ensure a smooth transition should you move to Chicago.