Every city has its ups and downs, and Chicago is no exception. When deciding whether to take the plunge and relocate, it's best to be realistic about what day-to-day life in the city will be like. Here are some of the pros and cons of moving to Chicago.


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.


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. Those 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.


Lifestyle 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.

+ PRO: Lots of green spaces

The lifestyle in Chicago is fantastic. Those who enjoy the outdoors will have plenty of ways to spend their leisure time, from the famous Lincoln Park to the sprawling vistas of Lake Michigan.


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.

Veronique Our Expat Expert

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