Moving to Chicago can be a life changing experience. Located in the Midwest plains of the US, Chicago stands in northeastern Illinois on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan. With a population of almost 3 millions people, Chicago is the third largest city in the US. Less trendy than New York and less expanded than LA, Chicago is one of the most enjoyable US cities in which to live. It offers numerous parks and playgrounds, endless cultural activities, and countless restaurants. The city of Chicago is characterized by its numerous and various communities and it is a place where people from all over the world live side by side in a cosmopolitan metropolis.
Moving to Chicago does bring with it the inevitable paperwork. The Expat Info Desk international relocation guide to Chicago contains everything you need to know about living legally in Chicago and it leads you step-by-step through the complicated processes and procedures you will need to follow in order to meet US immigration requirements. In addition to this, it contains invaluable information about tax and social security obligations and provides you with everything you need to know in order to ensure that you have all the paperwork you require to live legally in this city.
One of the main decisions you will have to make before moving to Chicago is where you want to live. With so many districts in this intricate city, each with their own advantages, disadvantages and charms, it can be overwhelming. The Chicago expat relocation guide will give you the insider information to make the correct decision for you and your family.
The Expat Info Desk relocation guide to moving to Chicago contains comprehensive contact listings for all the goods and services you will need to progress from being someone who is visiting Chicago to someone who actually lives there. From utilities and pet care providers through to shopping, transport and television services, the guide contains full details and instructions for everything you need to organize your day-to day-life throughout your move and beyond.
There is no shortage of entertainment in Chicago and being a foreigner in this amazing city need not be a lonely business. The Expat Info Desk relocation guide to Chicago aims to help expats ‘find their own Chicago’, providing an overview of the top shopping, dining and leisure locations as well as additional indispensable advice about enjoying and acclimating to life in this exciting and vibrant American city.
Like every large city, some parts of Chicago are safer than others. The Expat Info Desk relocation guide to Chicago contains an insider’s view of which areas should be avoided as well as information about some of the common scams you may encounter. The guide also provides information about how you can assess health and medical services, which type of insurance you will need and how much you can expect to pay for all types of treatment.
The Expat Info Desk relocation guide to Chicago provides you with thorough insights into the people you will find living here, what behaviors you can expect and how best to integrate with the locals. This inside knowledge will assist you to avoid embarrassing situations and mistakes, feel confident in unfamiliar situations, and develop trust, friendships, and successful business relationships.
There is a wide range of information available on that can tell you a little about life in Chicago but what you really need is the view of a local, someone who knows the city thoroughly from their own first hand experience. We have just the person to help you. Our expat guide to Chicago is written by an experienced expatriate who knows what it is like to move to Chicago and is able to tells you exactly what life in the city if like.
Our guide was written by Veronique Martin-Place and last published on Sunday 7th February 2010.
|01||Before choosing somewhere to live in Chicago thoroughly research all areas. This decision will have a direct impact on your way of life in this city.|
|02||Choose your children’s school first and then look for an accommodation as the area you live in may determine the school your child can attend.|
|03||The US Social Security administration also advises you wait 10 days after arriving in the United States to apply for a Social Security number.|
|04||Chicago can be extremely hot in summer but very cold in winter. Bear this in mind when searching for accommodation; you'll need good AC and heating!|
|05||Subscribe to a local Newspaper. We advise the Chicago Tribune. It is a good way to get familiar with both the city and what is going on.|
Chicago is home to over 40 museums, more than 150 theaters and over 6,000 restaurants.