Are you thinking about or have already decided to move to the Windy City? Check out these tips to make your transition more smooth.
1. What neighborhood you move to says a lot about you.
Chicago is broken up into many neighborhoods. Each of these neighborhoods is unique and each has its own stereotypes. For example, Wicker Park is known for being home to many “hipsters” and Lincoln Park is a popular neighborhood for young couples. Every neighborhood is different so do a little research beforehand and find out what they have to offer.
2. Public transportation is your new best friend.
Driving your car from the city to the suburbs is helpful, but at some point you will most likely need to learn how to use public transportation, especially if you are planning on working downtown. Learn about the CTA and how to use the bus and “El,” Chicago’s train and subway, to navigate around.
3. Winters are pretty brutal. Be prepared.
This tip is especially for those of you who are moving to Chicago from warmer climates. Winter temperatures can plunge into the negatives so make sure you own a puffy coat, fuzzy hats, warm boots, gloves, etc. It’s o.k. if you look like a giant marshmallow during those freezing winter days because so will everyone else! What’s important it staying warm.
4. If you’re not already a foodie, you should consider becoming one.
Chicago is known for its deep-dish pizza and epic, mustard-less hot dogs, but these are just a few of the food options this city has to offer. If you want great Chicago hot dogs, check out Portillo’s and if you’re in a deep-dish pizza mood, check out either Lou Malnati’s or Giordano’s (or both!). If you’re in the mood for steak, try the Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chao (warning: it’s a bit overpriced). Explore and check out the many delicious food options in Chicago.
5. If you’re moving to a new place, you may need hardwood flooring services. If you need any hardwood flooring services, Alexandru Hardwood Flooring is the company for you.