The business climate in the greater Chicago area is second to none. We have culture, museums, theatre, restaurants, transportation, and multiple sports teams and arenas. We have a world-class international airport, and Lake Michigan for sport, relaxation and fun. We've got the cubs, sox, bears, blackhawks, wolves... and more.
We have a prime location, central to many things, nationally high ranking schools, and universities and much, much more than I can mention here.
Weather? well, there's an old Chicago saying. If you don't like the weather, here in Chicago... wait a few minutes, it'll change. If we had the weather of, let's say, a "San Diego".... nobody would ever leave Chicago... so it would be unfair to the rest of the country. But we have everything else.
Does it get humid here in the summer? Are the winters unbearably cold and long? Yes. Would I live anywhere else? Well, maybe... San Diego sounds nice, and Paris is nice in the spring... but Chicago is a great town.
Chicago has a very wide range of schools, neighborhoods, and real estate prices. For a comparable neighborhood to Cupertino, you'd have to pay about 60-80% of the price for an equivalent home. And there are definitely some fantastic schools as I drove past a private high school that verged on Gatsby-like ideals, where lush, rolling lawns anchored by stately trees securely enrobed a brick cathedral of learning. For the well-heeled, life is definitely good with world-class restaurants serving up epicurean delights and a plethora of culturally-stimulating events. Our current President and family are as good an example as any that you can live and do quite well in Chicago.
For you, I suppose the only real question is whether you think all the effortlessly amazing sunny days spent outdoors around the Bay Area is worth the expense. Then again, you only live once.
option for a kid than hanging out at the mall!
Contact me if you ever decide to make the move South!