Pros and Cons of Relocating to Chicago
Chicago, one of the most-visited and third-most-populated city in the United States, is home of some of the best food, music, theater, museums, and schools.
Are you considering moving to Chi-town? Check out our Pros and Cons of Relocating to Chicago including: the cost of living, job market, the art and culture of Chicago, and more.
The cost of living in Chicago
Chicago can be an expensive place to live due to the above average combined state and local sales tax, and the second-highest property tax in the nation. Unfortunately, that’s not all! Expect to spend a 2.25 percent sales tax on groceries, and a .25 percent restaurant tax.
Best Place to Work
The cost of living may be a bit expensive to relocate to Chicago, but the city offers an abundant number of work opportunities in finance, publishing, manufacturing, and food-processing.
Among the top companies to work for in Chicago include: The Oprah Winfrey Network, Trunk Club, Pabst Brewing Company, and Crate & Barrel.
Chicago has the second-largest public transportation system in the United States. The city is said to resemble New York City as it is very easy to get by without owning a car. Most of the restaurants, businesses and shops are a walk-able distance and the city also offers bike sharing and water taxi options.
There’s nothing like the art, jazz, and, of course, food culture of Chicago! The Art Institute of Chicago is home to the world’s most famous pieces by Georgia O’Keeffe, and it’s definitely a place residents visit again and again.
If you’re a fan of great live jazz music, you’ll love the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge inspired by Clark Monroe’s Uptown House in Harlem, circa the 1940s.
You can not call yourself a “Chicagoan,” without having a taste of a Chicago polish sausage and deep-dish pizza. One of the top places to visit for the ultimate deep dish experience is at Pequod’s Pizza.
Who wouldn’t want to move to Chicago? The culture, Fortune 500 job opportunities and commuter-friendly city makes it more than impossible to not think twice about moving to Chi-town.