Living in Chicago is great for those who want to live in an urban hub but without the stress of living in a big city. Chicago is the largest city in the Midwest and it has a lot to offer. This is our top 10 list of the things we love the most about Chicago.
1. Renting and home buying is easier than you think
If you compare Chicago with the East Coast and the West Coast, you will probably think that the housing market in Chicago is the best bargain. You can find different types of properties, whether you are looking for something for yourself or for you and your family. If you are not planning to buy a property, renting is also very affordable.
2. Beach scene, believe it or not
When you say Chicago, the first association for most of the people is winter and snow. In reality, you can enjoy the beach in Chicago as well. There are the Great Lakes that can offer overs 25 miles of sand along Lake Michigan. You can find different beaches, some of them are free of charge, the others are pet friendly so you can enjoy together with your furry friends. From North Avenue Beach you can enjoy impressive views of the skyline while eating in one of the restaurants. During the summer you will love the festive season in Chicago.
3. Snowy winter
Winter in Chicago is very cold, we are not going to lie, so prepare your winter coats and hats before moving to Chicago. If you have a vehicle you should have the emergency essentials on hand. First year might be tough, but after that you will get used to it and embrace it.
4. Foodies heaven
Ok, when we talk about food you can choose from Italian beef, deep dish pizza or Chicago style hot dog. There are various restaurants with diverse offers, so you can pick whatever your heart desires. Chicago’s restaurant scene is one of the best in the USA. You will find more than 8000 restaurants in the city. You won’t get bored with the dining scene, that is for sure.
5. Shoppers heaven
Chicago is not only foodies heaven, it is a heaven for anyone who loves shopping. The Second City is a serious first-rate shopping destination. Michigan Avenue features a mile-long stretch of boutiques, restaurants and malls. You can find sports gear, elegant dresses or anything that you want. If you want to spoil yourself with top notch shopping, check Oak Street and be prepared to drop some serious coins. This is a symbol of affluence for decades.
6. Active lifestyle is easy to maintain
If you are looking to get or stay active, you should check out THe Lakefront Trail in Chicago. This is a great bike path that is becoming more and more popular. For those who love water sports, you can go kayaking on the river or paddle boarding while having an amazing view on skyscrapers. You will enjoy Chicago’s history and architecture from the river. No need to mention Chicago Sports and Social Club. It is not only the best way to meet new people, but you will enjoy the sports. You just need to pick your favorite club.
7. Family-friendly city
There are a lot of activities you can enjoy with your family. Here are some of them. Navy Pier is great for those who love to walk, enjoy the playground or just admire the view. Millennium Park is a huge part of Chicago experience. This is a huge park where you can see one of the greatest public art pieces in the world. Of course, this is not the only park, there are many parks in the city and you can enjoy every single one with your little ones. If you don’t mind crowded places, check Willis Tower, which is the second tallest building in the USA and one of the most popular tourist destinations. We believe your little ones will love Lincoln Park Zoo which is one of the last remaining free zoos in the country.
8. Chicago traditions
If you are moving to Chicago, you will have to embrace these wonderful traditions ,that might seem a little weird at the first glamps. For St Patrick’s Day over 400000 people gather on the banks of the Chicago River to yell over its emerald green color. The dyeing of the Chicago River dates to 1962. Musical history is a big deal in Chicago, so you can enjoy this long lasting tradition. Also, you shouldn’t miss Dance Music Festivals in Chicago. There are many festivals because of the origin of house music, so you can enjoy outdoor dancing here.
9. A steady job market
Over the last few years, Chicago’s job market has improved very much. So if you are looking for a new job opportunity, this might be just the perfect place for you. Unemployment has fallen sharply to below 6% and there is more need in professional services, IT, healthcare and insurance.
10. History and arts
Chicago is a city full of history, arts and culture, so you could spend days checking out museums and monuments. Don’t miss The Art Institute of Chicago, Shedd Aquarium, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago History Museum, Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum of Natural History. There is something for everyone, for sure!