Staying Put in the Windy City
The first order of business when moving to a new place is to make sure you have a steady income. Good news for Chicago newcomers: the job market has seen steady growth over recent years. Opportunities abound across several sectors including finance, healthcare, publishing and more. Additionally, 32 of the famous Fortune 500 companies make their headquarters either in Chicago proper or in the vicinity. Whether you’re looking for international conglomerates, startups or mom and pop opportunities, the city is thriving with ways to make a decent living. Trends have also been heading in financial growth with real incomes seeing upward ticks across the board. If financial stability and a decent future are attractive, this town can fit the bill.
The perks of living in Chicago are immense and always growing. Sports fans have an incredible number of franchises to cheer on during any season of the year. No less than nine major league teams hit their respective fields here, along with seven NCAA Division I athletic programs and dozens of minor league organizations. More into the museum scene? Art institutions paint the landscape, science exhibits do everything from digging up dinosaurs to soaring into space and historical retrospectives take one into the past. As for the live music scene — listen up! Arena venues host international superstars while clubs rock the house in more intimate settings. And we haven’t even gotten to the theater, cinema and classical scene. If you’re bored in Chicago, you’re just not trying!
For a very large city, Chicago is relatively affordable to live in. Rent-to-salary ratios are far better than in comparable areas such as New York and Los Angeles. That will give you time and peace to enjoy the lively food scene that includes plenty of farm-fresh produce in season. Restaurant culture is serious here, with competing chefs pulling out every trick to attract your palate to their plates. Local education systems are among the best in the country ensuring a great place for your kids to grow from kindergarten through to university. Efficient public transportation takes you from one walkable neighborhood to another, allowing for a little exercise as you explore the cultural wealth found here. And Chicago has been getting safer, with double-digit drops in violent crime rates. Walk easy, breathe easy, live well — that’s what you can expect here!