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5 reasons to pack up your life and move to Chicago


Whether you’re looking for a fresh start, a place to live after college, or you’ve been putting off that move that’s been on your mind, Chicago is the ideal city to drop everything and move to.

Chicago, a vibrant city that has so much to see and do, is the perfect place to live, work, and play. Filled with outstanding eateries, vibrant neighborhoods, ample amounts of museums, and more, there are so many reasons to pack up your life and make the Windy City your home.

Won’t break the bank

When moving to a new city, there are a lot of costs to consider: the average apartment price, transportation, groceries, and everyday necessities. Compared to other big cities, like Los Angeles and New York City, the cost of living in Chicago is -36.3% lower than in New York and -18.5% lower than in Los Angeles. That means that not only will rent be less expensive, but you’ll have more disposable income to travel, invest, and pursue your passions.

Foodie central

Named the “best restaurant city” in America by Bon Appétit magazine, Chicago has unlimited restaurants and bars to choose from. If you’re looking for classy 3-course meals, quick bites from a food truck, or something in between, you’re destined to find exactly what you’re looking for in Chicago.

Restaurant Row, on Randolph Street in Chicago’s West Loop, has some of the best places to grab breakfast, lunch, dinner, or drinks. Try Girl & The Goat for tasty goat empanadas, Bar Siena for fresh eggplant parmesan, or City Winery for an impressive charcuterie board. If you’re searching for the best burger, look no further than Au Cheval, known for having one of the best burgers in America.

Lots to learn

Full of art, history, and culture, Chicago has endless museums to explore. The Alder Planetarium, the Chicago History Museum, and the Chicago Cultural Center are some of the best places to spend an afternoon or an entire day.

Making an appearance in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Art Institute of Chicago, is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States. We’re not telling you to skip school and visit, but it is the perfect place to admire art, either with friends or alone.

Summer in Chicago

While winters in Chicago can be cold, the summer months make up for it. Chicago is known for its beautiful parks that are great for walking, running, biking, or just hanging out. On days where you’re looking to soak up the sun and relax, head to one of Chicago’s many public beaches on Lake Michigan. The Chicago Lakefront Trail is an 18-mile long path where residents can bike, skateboard, jog, or take in the views. The trail also connects to many beaches, including South Shore Beach, Oak Street Beach, and Belmont Harbor. Dedicated to investing in better bike infrastructure, Chicago has been able to make biking safer and comfortable for everyone living in Chicago, no matter the age.

Besides countless parks and beaches, Chicago also has a long list of festivals, concerts, and events that happen throughout the summer. Lollapalooza or the Chicago Jazz Festival are perfect for music lovers. Lollapalooza is a four-day long music festival in Grant Park that features music ranging from alternative rock to hip hop to heavy metal. In 2021, Jack Harlow, Foo Fighters, Megan Thee Stallion, and Miley Cyrus all performed.

Another four-day long event, the Chicago Jazz Festival takes place in Millennium Park and has happened every year since 1978. For foodies, mark your calendars for Taste of Chicago, the world’s largest food festival that offers endless food, cooking demonstrations, and concerts.

A neighborhood for everyone

Chicago, the third largest city in America, is home to 2.7 million residents and is made up of 77 unique neighborhoods, all with their own personalities. If you’re an art student searching for a creative community or someone who’s interested in tech and business, there’s a perfect neighborhood waiting for you.

Some of our favorite neighborhoods include Downtown Loop, Pilsen, and Ukrainian Village.

Moving made easy

With so many reasons to move to Chicago, we wouldn’t blame you if you’re getting your suitcases ready right now. To make the move easier, rent with Common. With all-inclusive, shared apartments in the city’s best neighborhoods, we make moving and living in one of the country’s coolest cities easier than ever before.

Ready to make the spontaneous move and call Chicago your home? Book a tour and explore our spaces today.

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