Chicago is a great place to live and work. We have a diversity of neighborhoods, cultural, sports, and leisure activities. Coming from Miami, you might find our winters fascinating or a bit challenging depending on your outlook on life. I would suggest this: Decide what you can afford for rent. Rent in the most popular areas right now ( South Loop, West Loop, Old Town to name a few) range from about $1200 up depending on your location. Each area has its distinct personality. If you can, visit Chicago, bring a friend with you and check out some of the neighborhoods. Once you have decided where you want to rent, then live there for a year until you get used to Chicago and get more familiar with its neighborhoods. Should you decide to visit, I would be more than happy to spend a few hours with you showing some of the neighborhoods and pointing out the differences so you can make an informed decision. Do give me a call at 312 933 4121 when you are ready.
The Mexican food is better here.
Watching people on the beach is more pleasant there.
Talking to people on the beach is more pleasant here.
Bragging about Lebron gets you attention there.
Bragging about Lebron get you the attention you don't want here.
If you had to arrive in a city knowing nobody, having no job, and with a degree holding no clout, then Chicago is your place.
Find a job first.....
Then move, may be use extended living or home away from home for a short period of time during which you try to find a rental that suits your needs and your pocket book...
When you sign the application for lease / rent, you will allow the landlord to check your credit score,
your current employment and income, and where you if you did so rented before, they will also want
some references so be prepared for that.
landlords usually always look for a good pattern, someone who has rented before and paid on time, good credit score, and good references.
So remember first things first.... you may be lucky if you find a job with a local Chicago company, they
may assist you in the beginning with your rental, i.e. they may agree to pay your rent up to a certain amount, which then would be a nice security for the landlord.... But just find the job first, see if the company can be of assistance, and go from there.
Some renters in your situation just starting out in the job and rental market, may consider prepaying the landlord for the first 6 months, or consider renting with a room mate who has good rental and
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As it is a landlords market, I would highly suggest you begin your job search in Chicago now. Landlords right now do not have to take the risk of someone finding a job because rentals are still hot in Chicago. Secure you job first and remember not everyone lands their first job in their exact field. Thank about what you will be good at to make a descent living.
Chicago is a great city and has so much to offer. While we have winters for those who look for things to do even in winter Chicago has lots to do.
As far as crime goes in Chicago, most of the city is very safe, don't worry about it. And don't root for the Cubs. Don't be a loser.
I'd suggest visiting the city over as much time as you can and touring it to get a sense of the various neighborhoods to help you try to determine where you'd actually like to live. There are 77 census community areas in the city and almost as many "neighborhoods," and the neighborhoods that you like to hang out in might not be the same ones that you'd like to live in.
If you don't have the time or money to visit the city before you're actually moving, then I'd suggest checking out the Not For Tourists Guide to Chicago. It's a very good outline of the various neighborhoods and information that you might not find elsewhere.
Good luck, and let me know if I can be of further assistance.
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I work in both sales and rentals all along the lake front and into the close by suburbs. Let's talk and I can start sending your potential listings for either sales or rentals so that you can get an idea of area and prices.
Of course, you can move farther out from city center and get more for your money. Spend some time looking at what's available here and come visit in the summer and the winter. Coldest part of the winter the average high is 31 with the average low at 18 and of course there is quite a bit of variation around that. It can get as cold as 40 below with the wind chill - rare but it happens.