Hi Liz, I saw your note on trulia, I'm from Pittsburgh, PA so I had to respond.
Do yourself a big favor, "don't do it". I've lived here for over 40 years and I can't wait to leave. Please believe when I tell you, the people that can leave are leaving. The main reason why they have to stay is usually due to family ties, complacency, or just lack job opportunity elsewhere. I don't blame you for wanting to leave Chicago. The winters can be pretty harsh there. California is really a financial disaster and social experiment gone very ,very wrong. Please do your due diligence before you make this huge mistake and don't drink the real-estate cool-aid. Rich.