Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL


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Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL

About Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL

Chicago, IL Metropolitan Area: As one of America’s oldest cities and situated along the shores of Lake Michigan–Chicago is truly a bustling metropolis full of culture and excitement. Visitors can take part in numerous activities such as strolling down Magnificent Mile’s renowned shopping district, taking part in carnivale-style events during summers, visiting world class museums showcasing diverse artwork from across continents, dining at top-ranked restaurants serving regional delicacies, plus so much more. With its diverse cultural offerings blended with modern innovation – Chicago stands out as a must-visit destination. Mega metro area set in the Lake Michigan coast and plains of the Great Lakes region. Primary industries include diverse economy and tourism. Noteworthy features include shoreline. - Located in northeast Illinois, along Lake Michigan, 90 miles northwest of South Bend, Indiana, and 80 miles southeast of Milwaukee, Wisconsin..

Location Details

State: Illinois
County: Cook, DuPage, 9 total
Metro Area: Chicago-Naperville-Elgin Metro Area
City: Chicago, Aurora, 347 total
Zip Codes: 60629, 60618, 60632, 60639, 60623, 60647, 60804, 60617, 60625, 60608, 329 total
Cost of Living: 2.9% higher
Time zone: Central Standard Time (CST)
Elevation: 587 ft above sea level
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The Chicago, IL metro area is a big and interesting place with lots of history and things to do. It's in the northeastern part of Illinois, right by Lake Michigan. This city started as a small trading post in the early 1800s and quickly grew because it was a good spot for transport and trade. Over the years, it became known for big buildings, busy ports, and lots of factories making all kinds of goods.

Geographically, Chicago is mostly flat, with the big, beautiful Lake Michigan on one side. The Chicago River runs through the city, and there are lots of parks and green spaces around. The weather here has all four seasons, with really hot summers and very cold winters that can have a lot of snow.

The economy in Chicago is mixed and strong, with big companies in finance, manufacturing, technology, and healthcare. There are also many small businesses and startups. The city is a big center for trade and transport, with lots of trains, big highways, and one of the busiest airports in the world.

When it comes to politics, Chicago itself usually supports the Democratic Party, but the areas around the city might lean more towards the Republican side. This makes elections interesting because there are many different opinions.

Living in Chicago means you'll never run out of things to do. There are world-class museums, theaters, music venues, and sports teams like the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bulls. The city is also famous for its food, with everything from fancy restaurants to local spots selling deep-dish pizza and hot dogs. For those who love the outdoors, there's Lake Michigan for boating and beaches, plus many parks and trails.

New residents should know that Chicago is a big, bustling city, so it can be pretty fast-paced. Traffic can get heavy, and finding a place to live that's affordable can take some searching. Public transport is good, though, with buses and trains (the "L") that can help you get around. The weather is something to prepare for, with very hot summers and cold, snowy winters. But if you like having lots of options for things to do, places to eat, and ways to explore, Chicago could be a great place to live.

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin Cost of Living
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Shoreline, arts & culture, and pleasant summers make Chicago-Naperville-Elgin a great place to live.

$286,200
-18.1% lower than avg
$78,790
+12.4% higher than avg
$1,400 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-2.1% lower than avg
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin Crime
31 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
Minimum annual income
To live comfortably in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Illinois
$54,720
for a family
$48,400
for a single person
Pros & Cons of Chicago-Naperville-Elgin
   Shoreline
Gets muggy and sticky
   Arts & culture
Harsh winters
   Pleasant summers
High taxes
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Over 4 years ago

The best metro area in the US. One of the only cities that boast both a strong economy and an affordable cost of living, barely breaking national averages despite being  More

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Peckok · 
Over 4 years ago

Best city I visited. A small community is right for  More

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So disgusting and one of the worst places in America. Most moved from location in all the United States. You can get homes in Tennessee and Wisconsin on a lake or 5  More

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