February 16, 2011

Living in Chicago

An aerial shot of the Chicago skyline.
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There are many advantages to living and working in Chicago. If you’ve never been to Chicago, or if you have only been there on vacation, you might want to consider taking time to travel there. This visit, however, will be for the purpose of finding out as much as you can about what it’s actually like to live and work in Chicago. Give yourself enough time to gather information on living in the city itself, as well as living in one of the many suburbs that surround Chicago. This will be especially important if you’ve never lived in a city before. City life is different, but for some people it may be just the thing. For others, it may not be the best option, so the suburbs may be the better choice. Consider the advantages of living in the city. You’ll be closer to work, entertainment, shopping, and dining venues, and other things. You’ll also be able to use publictransportation.Consider also the disadvantages. It may be more crowded, there may be more noise, and your living space may be smaller. Then consider the advantages of living in the suburbs. You’ll have more room, it’s quieter, and neighborhoods may be more family-oriented. Disadvantages can include longer commute times and higher housing prices. Once you have decided where in Chicago you want to live, make the move as stress-free as possible. There are several ways to do this, including making an advance purchase of a home rather than waiting until you have completely relocated, and familiarizing yourself with the neighborhood through online resources such as school and business websites.You also want to get moving quotes as soon as possible. These moving quotes can vary widely from company to company, and you want to have enough time to determine which company has the most reasonable rates.

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