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Tucked between the American heartland and Lake Michigan, Chicago offers a vibrant, multicultural and business-oriented experience. Chicago is America's third-largest city and keeps investing in itself, continuously improving infrastructure, investing in education, and – as expats will notice – courting the world's largest companies to relocate their headquarters to within its windy borders.
While the cost of living in Chicago is considerably higher than the national average, it is lower than many other American cities such as New York; this is also offset by the fact that salaries in Chicago are also higher than the national average. Those moving to Chicago with children will be pleased to find that the city offers a solid range of private and international schooling options.
While health insurance is one of the major expenses expats will need to account for when moving anywhere in the USA, those relocating to Chicago can rest assured that they will have access to good quality medical services. The city is home to some of the best hospitals in the USA, largely due to the presences of many medical schools.
Overall, new arrivals can look forward to an exciting time in the Windy City, with plenty of things to explore, learn and experience.
"Chicago has a huge variety of things to do. There are also a lot of ethnic communities and neighbourhoods which makes for a colourful city." Read more about Toni's expat experience in Chicago.
"From time to time I miss the French food and specialties from my home city! But I have found good places where to buy French and European food." French expat Veronique talks about her life as an expat in Chicago.
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