Pros and Cons of Moving to Chicago
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Experienced expats know that there are ups and downs to living in every city. Here are some of the pros and cons of moving to Chicago.
Transport in Chicago
+ PRO: Major air travel hub
With the O’Hare International Airport only 45 minutes from downtown Chicago, it's easy to fly nationally and internationally at the drop of a hat. Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami and other major cities are only a couple of hours from Chicago.
+ PRO: Good public transport system
Expats in Chicago won't have much need for a car as the city has an affordable, reliable and extensive public transport network consisting of trains and buses.
Cost of living in Chicago
- CON: High cost of living
Chicago is one of the most expensive cities in America, and expats moving there will need to ensure that they are able to shoulder the high cost of living the city incurs. Luckily, salaries are correspondingly high.
Accommodation in Chicago
+ PRO: Range of options
From two-flats and bungalows to high-rise apartments and freestanding family homes, there are plenty of choices to suit any lifestyle when it comes to accommodation in Chicago.
Culture in Chicago
+ PRO: Chicago is a multicultural city
Chicago’s ethnically diverse roots make it a fantastic destination for expats, who should have no problem finding others who can commiserate with the highs and lows of the relocation process.
Weather in Chicago
- CON: A long and cold winter
Be prepared: Chicago’s winter is extremely cold with snowstorms and blizzards. Heavy snow tends to pile up overnight, making it necessary to remove snow from doorways, driveways and cars before leaving the house.