Regardless of your reason for moving to this beautiful city being prepared is essential. Moving to any new city can be an incredibly stressful undertaking, especially if you have no idea what to do or expect when you get there. This page is meant to alleviate some of that stress for you and provide you with a detailed checklist of everything you need to know about Chicago before moving. In this ten step comprehensive guide, I cover everything from neighborhoods, transportation, and cost of living just to name a few!
Way before you consider that relocation or move to Chicago watch my 5 things to look for when you're considering that move to Chicago.
Transportation in Chicago: Getting a feel of how to get around a large city like Chicago is critical. Learn Transportation options in my video Transportation in Chicago.
Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. How’s the housing market in each neighborhood? Do you want to living close by to your favorite grocery store or watering hole? Not much of a walker and want to be spitting distance to the rapid transit? I create neighborhood tours that answer housing, amenities, and transit questions for you! This is the playlist of all my Chicago neighborhoods. Click the 3 lines (plus play button) ⤵️ in the top right corner to see other videos.
What are some common costs to live in this great city? I go through 6 steps giving the viewer a really good representation of costs to live in Chicago. Watch the Youtube Playlist⬇️.
What should you do? It’s difficult to commit to buying a home being brand new to the city. However, many relocation people receive down payment assistance from their employers. Or they simple want to buy. Whichever option you choose watch my buying vs renting video now. Want to begin the home search? Start right now using my advanced search.
If you do choose to purchase a home they’re 3 steps you should review. I’m always available to chat but start here to get a head start in a low pressure way from the comfort of your home. Even during COVID 19 YES you can purchase. Watch now my video series playlist!⤵️
There are many options both public and private for your children to attend. To start please go to the Chicago Public School site https://cps.edu/Pages/
The majority of Chicago residents use Peoples Gas and Comed. You can set up services typically online but always call the service provider for more details. Learn about utility costs in my Utilities video.
There’s a reason why there are 2.7 million residents in the city. The lifesytle/things to do in this city are simply too numerous to mention. In my food and social life videos (costs)I go through just a few. Check back often to this guide for more videos or simply visit my youtube channel.
There’s a running joke that Chicago has 2 seasons: Winter and Traffic! In all seriousness, be prepared it could 65 degrees and within hours drop 30 degrees. Not that often but it happens. To understand weather in Chicago please refer to this link: Weather in Chicago