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World Class City - 12/20/2010
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Bacchus
Springfield, IL

Chicago is a dynamic "on the move city" which most recognize soon after they arrive. Metropolitan Chicago sometimes referred to as the crossroads of the nation is an Alpha Class World City(the U.S. has two others NYC & LA). Metro Chicago is a very culturally diverse area with people and cuisine from all areas of the world and the United States. Even so, Chicago still has a real 'heart of the nation' and 'down to earth' friendly feel. The core focal point of the Metro area, The City of Chicago, has a beautiful Lake Michigan lakefront setting with adjacent parks, open space. beaches and boat harbors. A stunningly scenic Lake Shore Drive runs for about 15 miles alongside Lake Michigan thru the heart of the city. Most interesting of all, Chicago has an architecturally dazzling downtown area and it is considered to be one of the three most aesthetically impressive skylines in the world(1. Hong Kong & 2.NYC). Along with this, Chicago probably has the most significant and diverse architecture of any city in the world. An asset of almost incalculable value: Metropolitan Chicago has an effective railway mass transit system which including CTA, METRA & SSL is about 700 miles of commuter rail. Then, the Gross Domestic Product of Metropolitan Chicago in term of value is 4th of all metro ares in the world. These are some of the reasons why Chicago has world class attractions, it is an Alpha class world city by definition. When compared with the few cities of comparable stature and amenities, Chicago probably has a lower cost of living than most if not all. As far as the weather, very few locales have an ideal 4 seasons, most seem too cold in the winter or seem too hot in the summer or too hot and too humid in the summer. Of course, Chicago still has its share of faults and problems and issues, but what metro area of 10 million does not?

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C
Chesterton, IN

Corruption and Crime (the co-joined twins) - 3/18/2014

Do not consider moving to the Chicago area. Just visit to experience the multitude of activities that are here. Then leave. High property and sales taxes, incessant crime and a culture of corruption made possible by decades of entrenched Democratic Party zombies make this a poor choice for a homeowner and someone seeking a good quality of life. The high taxes (state income tax doubled under the Democrats two years ago) have driven businesses and jobs away from Illinois in droves (good for the businesses...they voted with their feet). People bitch about the cold winters here, yet they believe in the global warming hype. Go figure. (Al Gore has not been seen here lately).[read more...]


marisa
Chicago, IL

moving out of chicago a.s.a.p!!!! - 3/9/2014

I HAVE LIVED IN CHICAGO ALL MY LIFE AND I DO AGREE THAT IT HAS BECOME EXPENSIVE TO LIVE HERE. THESE POLITICIANS ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR WAYS TO NICKEL AND DIME YOU! IN 2014 WE HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT SPEED LIMIT AROUND SCHOOLS AND IF YOU DON'T GET FINED FOR THAT YOU WLL BE CAUGHT BY THE SPEED LIMIT CAMERAS TO WORRY ABOUT! THE BOTTLE WATER IS TAXED @ 5 CENTS PER BOTTLE AND THE STATE TAX @ 9.25% PLUS CITY TAX OF 2.25% IS ABSURD! IF YOU WANT TO PARK DOWNTOWN THE PARKING FEES ARE BETWEEN 3 - 10 MINS PER QUARTER DEPENDING THE LOCATION YOU ARE AT. THE CRIME IS OUT OF HAND AND IT DOES NOT MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE CRIME WILL COME TO YOU ON A BUS OR TRAIN!.. THE WEATHER THIS YEAR HAS BEEN TERRIBLE,AWFUL, AND PLAIN DISGUSTING, UNLESS YOU ACTUALLY LIKE BONE CHILLING COLD WEATHER THEN THINK TWICE ABOUT MOVING TO CHICAGO! AFTER LIVING HERE FOR 42 YEARS, I AM READY TO GET MY FAMILY AND I THE HELL OUT OF HERE. FINALLY, YES THERE IS THINGS TO DO HERE BUT WHEN YOU HAVE A MILLION PEOPLE TRYING TO PARK AND GO TO THE SAME EVENTS IT BECOMES VERY IRRITATING AND BELIEVE ME IT IS NOT CHEAP TO GO TO ANY EVENTS PARKING IS USUALLY 15-20 DOLLARS PER CAR PLUS THE TICKETS AND FOOD!!![read more...]


KJ
Wheaton, IL

Never move here - 3/9/2014

I wholeheartedly agree w/ Terrance's viewpoint(1/9/14). Chicago is a miserable place to live-I lived there for 3 1/2 years,met a few great people, but for the most part it is not a friendly town. The temperature extremes from winter to summer will leave you gasping for air. Chicago is rated 8th in the nation for obesity. If you love to shop and eat,and battle horrendous traffic, then this may be the place for you. If you like to lead a more interesting, and varied life, with some semblance of nature, and nice people around you-go elsewhere!!! Even my best friend turned rude and arrogant and nasty once moving here. It's not a nice city-go elsewhere...you have been warned![read more...]


Lawrence
Chicago, IL

Good for some, bad for many, worse for many more. - 2/27/2014

I was born and raised in Chicago, and at this point I am all too eager to get up out of this stinking cesspool. The politicians are very greedy and self serving, the prices on essentials and amenities, the crime, the taxes? They rise steadily every year. The quality for neighborhoods, the amount of decent jobs, the safety factor? Diminishing like clockwork. One thing I've noticed about life is that it is what you make it. Plenty of people in this city thoroughly enjoy their lives. They make enough money to live in the prestigious neighborhoods, they can go to the supermarkets/co-op marketplaces and buy the freshest foods. Blah blah blah you get where I'm going. These people were either very very lucky, very determined, or both. Almost everyone else has to deal with hoodlums, low paying jobs, high prices on subpar goods and services, high taxes of which the funds are regularly mismanaged, politicians who serve themselves and their buddies first and the list goes on ad infinitum. There are so many problems which could be fixed, but our ruling class would rather this city become detroit 2.0 so I would rather move to where such things are virtually impossible. One place I have my eyes set on is Fargo, North Dakota. It's amazing to say the least. Major cities are not supposed to be like this. Needing special talents and skills to enjoy your life. Being connected just to enjoy not getting beaten and shot to death by people who couldn't manage their money or had no parents. Massive tax rates on everything, and jobs which are being snatched up by immigrants. Politicians who not only steal your money or purposely waste it, but advocate for the destruction of your personal rights. Move to Seattle. Move to Indianapolis. Move to Portland. Move to Fargo (I'll see you there) or even move to a suburb if you still can't get enough of the abuse that Illinois as a whole inflicts upon it's citizens. My recommendation? Just move. Move. Those of you who can, must get up out of this festering pile of feces known of as the city of Shitcago.[read more...]


Terrance
Oak Park, IL

CHICAGO - 1/9/2014

Expensive,over-crowded,bitter cold winters,high taxes,good food,small apartments[read more...]


Rachel
Chicago, IL

Why I am ready to relocate from Chicago... - 1/6/2014

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Susan
Chicago, IL

Chicago - 9/1/2013

Great place for theater, music, and so many choices for dining out.[read more...]


ANTHONY
Oak Park, IL

ITS ALL A, LIE ! - 8/25/2013

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ANTHONY
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ITS ALL A, LIE ! - 8/25/2013

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ANTHONY
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ITS ALL A, LIE ! - 8/25/2013

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tammi
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Awesome place for cultural things to do - 6/17/2013

I have lived in several places in Chicago and love it. I love all the street festivals that you can go to during the summer months and the abundance of etnic restaurants is amazing it is the true melting pot. There is crime but as long as you look like you belong people will leave you alone. Great area for singles as there is so much to do from ball games to clubs to parades and the ever popular Taste of Chicago. Would not live anywhere else.[read more...]


k
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transportation - 5/30/2013

There are good mass transit options.[read more...]


brenda
Grand Rapids, MI

Looking to relocate to the Chicago area,any sugges - 5/19/2013

I am a single 40ish female who works in healthcare. I am looking for an area or neighborhood that is fairly safe, affordable and with good public transportation to Chicago and within the area I will live. These are my priorities. Any suggestions please. If you have any questions to help me pin point an area just ask.Thanks[read more...]


Princessdi
Buffalo Grove, IL

Is Chicago really a global city? - 5/10/2013

I know most people who are from Chicago, transplants and natives both, will probably call me a traitor for what I'm about to say about this "global/world renowned" city. We do have one of the most beautiful skylines in the nation. I can't knock that, but how often can I look at the skyline and keep reminding myself that it's one of the best cities to live in. I'm not so sure. Aside from the crime and the horrendous flash mobs (realistically known as race riots) that are now occurring in the better/touristy parts of town (i.e. Streeterville, River North, Oak Street Beach), our politicians are one of the worst in the nation. I don't think there is any other large city such as LA or NYC that is structured the way we are. Who else has Aldermen? We are taxed to death on everything and the parking.... don’t get me started on that. Ever since they installed those darn parking meters, local businesses have suffered; except for the politicians I'm sure. Someone is making out like a bandit and it's the citizens. There are things to do in the city, yes, but at a high price. Parking alone will cost anywhere from $25 to $50 depending on the garage you park at and the time of day. There are some very good restaurants, but a lot of them are overrated. Heck, Chicago as a whole is overrated. Can someone tell me what the big deal is about that oversized bean located in Millenium Park? It's nice, but that's about it. The weather alone can make someone who prefers the outdoor lifestyle leave in a heartbeat. Most of us are locked inside for seven months or longer. Does that sound like fun or healthy? I think that's why we have so many bars and larger sized people. People have nothing better to do than talk sports and drink until they can't feel the cold anymore. Our summers are way too hot and humid. There are some nice people here, but for the most part I've encountered more rude ones than anything else. I was born and raised in this great town, but I unfortunately think I've outgrown it. I'm ready for bigger and better adventures and definitely better weather. Think twice and do your research before you decide to move here. [read more...]


Ariana
Chicago, IL

chicago- a beautiful city - 4/17/2013

bad weather.....[read more...]


Jennifer
Chicago, IL

Chicago not for the outdoor enthusiast - 4/12/2013

I have lived in Chicago my whole life. I am starting my research to move to another state for two main reasons... 1) the climate here is the absolute worst and 2) the cost of living is horrendous. If you like to be outdoors, Chicago is not the place for you. For 7 months a year, its freezing, windy, snowing and raining. The summer is so hot and muggy that you feel tired after being outside for 5 minutes. The only good month is October. If you love nature and like to be outside hiking, biking, swimming, etc., there is nothing here. No mountains, no forests, and the lake is freezing and really not swimmer friendly. There are a few lakes... So, i'm doing my research to find a better place to live. [read more...]


Vonda
Chicago, IL

The old grey goose ain't what she used to be... - 3/31/2013

I've lived in Chicago all my life. I'm 53 years old. I grew up and was educated here. There was a saying when I was growing up that if you couldn't make it in Chicago, you couldn't make it any where. Well, you cannot say that now. Chicago has changed from a blue to a white collar town. If you are not making at least $100K, all you will be doing is existing. The costs of living has gone through the roof. Rents in decent areas are insance (you're going to need at least two or more roomates and good luck fitting them all into 650 sq. ft.). Crime has gone through the roof and is out of control. You're nickeled and dimed by the City on everything from parking fees, entertainment taxes, food tax, property taxes and any other tax that they can get away with. It has experienced negative population growth because it can no longer be comfortably afforded by the middler working class. The city is no place to raise children because of crime. You even have to watch your back going out in the day time. The "have nots" have gotten desperate for survival and have resorted to robbing, drugs and gangs are still prevailent, random shooting of children. You never have a sense of security. Winters are longer and colder and grayer (at least 6 mos). This is definitely not the Chicago that I grew up with. It does however still have great universities, summer events in the parks, great museums, clubs, restaurants, theater, etc....oh, but you won't have enough money left to do these things after paying rent or a mortgage anyway. Don't even think about living in a nice area in the City and having a car, you're asking for far too much and good luck on parking. Think you're escape the costs by moving to the burbs, think again, the burbs are not that much better as far as rents and mortgages. In a nut shell, it's a rat race.....and welcome to it if you decide to move here. [read more...]


Vito
Carol Stream, IL

Climate - 3/8/2013

6 months of winter has finally got to my after 58 years. Can't take the cold and snow.[read more...]


KJ
Wheaton, IL

High crime, really horrible winters,high obesity r - 1/28/2013

Just not for me. I have met some very wonderful people, but in general not the nicest city...and I've lived in several. This is the only city where men have flipped me off or yelled, f--- you out their car window b/c I'm not driving as fast as they want me to(and I always drive at least 5 mph over the speed limit). The skyline is pretty under the setting sun, and there are some nice parks, but this is the most aggressive city I have ever lived in. And the winters are brutal. Cost of living is extremely high. Really consider your lifestyle and what you want before moving here. [read more...]


Jason
Chicago, IL

Chicago - 1/27/2013

World class city[read more...]


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