Coming from Chicago and moving to Brazil, can anyone give me a decent idea of how the cost of living compares? If you're not familiar with Chicago, just work on a medium/large fairly expensive US city.
Also, electronics can be really costly, so if you're an Apple fanatic or a crazy techie early adaptor it's best to buy in Chicago and bring those items with.
The only thing that seems cheaper in Sao Paulo is the service sector. So, hiring a housekeeper and going to the salon are all really affordable.