The Place Where All Things Are Possible
Although it is often referred to as America’s “second city,” in many people’s minds this city on the lake is Number One when it comes to standard of living, culture, entertainment, shopping and commerce. A city that harmonizes cosmopolitan sophistication and Midwestern accessibility, Chicago is both a friendly laid-back city and a fast-paced metropolitan wonder.
With a population of almost 3 million people, Chicago is the third largest city in the US. Less trendy than New York and less expanded than LA, it is one of the most enjoyable US cities in which to live. It offers numerous parks and playgrounds, endless cultural activities, and countless restaurants. During the summer months the city comes alive and expatriates living here can enjoy alfresco dinners, fantastic summer festivals and relaxing days on the sandy shores.
In reality, Chicago is more a collection of distinctive neighborhoods than it is a city. Each community has its own unique character, much of which has been fashioned by the various immigrant populations that have made the area their home. It is perhaps this that makes Chicago so special; spending time in each district can make expatriates feel like they are visiting a unique small town and with over 200 distinct neighborhoods and 77 community areas, the possibilities for adventures are endless.
Moving to Chicago can be a life changing experience. Make sure you make the most of it with our Expat Info Desk guide to living in this exciting city:
Experience this quintessential American city first hand with the Expat Info Desk.
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.|
When it opened in 1991, Chicago's Harold Washington Library Center, with approximately 6.5 million books, was the world’s largest municipal library.