Post # 1
Hi Chicago Bees! I am moving to Chi-town from Washington, DC at the end of August. Even though we are getting married in December, it just seemed like a good idea to move and get settled in before the wedding. My fiance goes to law school at the U of Chicago, so we will be living in Hyde Park.
Anywho, I am starting to freak out a little because I don’t have a job and
don’t know anyone the only person I know is my fiance.
Sooo…. although this is a wedding board and my post is not directly related to weddings, everyone is so friendly and helpful that I thought I would ask you all a). if anyone knows of a great place to work or good place to start a job search and b). is everyone as friendly as the chicago bees 🙂 ? Any and all ideas would be appreciated… Thanks!
Oh and a little about me- I am 28 and work for the government (also I am nervous because this is my first post ever!).
Post # 3
Hey! I went to U of C too. For undergrad & grad school. Some UC students can get… intense. Your Fiance probably told you a little about that I’m sure. Very competitive and wound up. Yes that’s a general statement and yes there are people that are not like that @ the U of C, but you get what I’m saying, right?
Well, what kind of job are you looking for? There’s a pub pol school in UC that might have a CAPS dept. You probably can’t get them to help you, but maybe you can scam some bulletin board posting etc. It’s next to the Law School so you can walk Fiance to class one morning and check it out. You can probably do some research work for the profs there. NORC is a survey research company in HP also close to the law school that you can probably find some work there.
I dunno how to PM, but I’d be happy to write a little more. Or you can email me too lisa.m.liang at gmail.com. Welcome to Chicago!
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2007 - The Wellington House in Fayetteville, NY
Mr. Radish is a U of C alum, too. As LisaL said, they sure can be an intense bunch down there.
As far as jobs go, are you primarily interested in government jobs? Or are you looking to get into something else? What kind of degree(s) do you have?
Chicago is a great city. It’s very friendly and there is a ton of stuff to do. Great restaurants, music, art, shopping… everything you need! I much prefer it Washington DC (I spent a summer there once) to be honest!
Hyde Park can be a little less friendly, in my opinion, than other parts of Chicago, though. Just because it is so UofC-centric and everyone is so engrossed in their studies or their research or whatever.
Anyway, Hype Park is still great in a lot of ways, but you will definitely want to explore other parts of the city once you get here.
Post # 5
Welcome to Chicago! Great timing—There’s nothing better than Chicago in the summer!
While I am on the far other end (Ravenswood), Hyde Park is a very cool neighborhood.
I would suggest craigslist for jobs/furniture/all those moving needs. Chicagoans are very friendly and there is LOTS to do here. Don’t be afraid to join in all these summer activities and start checking out all the neighborhoods and thing Chicago has to offer.
We should have a Chicago weddingbee-reader meet-up! Wouldn’t that be fun?
Post # 6
Welcome to Chicago. I’m a transplant too from Michigan. I live in the Southwest Suburbs and have been here since 1999. My fiancee’ works in the city and is government too…what area are of work are you in? Yes, I second Craigslist for jobs even if it’s something temporary. I agree with the one of the previous posts on Chicago being fun in the summer…tons of stuff to do! Great festivals especially. The culture is fantastic the people are friendly for the most part. Feel free to e-mail me with questions on anything. I hardly knew anyone when I moved here but my fiancee’ as well: [email protected]
Post # 7
Thanks everyone! I appreciate all of your ideas and the inside scoop :)I will definitely be emailing you ladies with questions.
As far as my current job goes, it is really more political and I am actually SO glad to be getting out of it and out of DC. So I guess not really looking for a government job per se, it was just some info about me.
I have a degree in marketing but what I really want to do is teach. So I am exploring all of the certification programs in IL to see what might work for me. But in the meantime, I need to find a job, hopefully in the education community. Good idea about possibly taking a temporary job and looking at Craigslist.
Thanks again for your responses and if you think of anything else, please email me! [email protected]
Oh and I would love to do a weddingbee reader meet up when I get out there at the end of August/beginning of September!
Post # 8
Hi there Kate!
Although I’m getting married in Cleveland – I, like a lot of midwesterners/Ohioans – end up in Chicago for something at some point in their life! My fiance just finished up med school at Northwestern and will be starting his gen surgery residency at NU as well. So we are here for the long haul!
I actually worked in the medicine department at UC and would agree w/ Mrs. Radish – Hyde Park can be UC-centric but it is cozy and artsy and I think people are willing to open up.
Chicago is a fabulous city with so much to do ALL the time. And people here tend to move around a lot – I’ve already lived in 4 neighborhoods in not so many years. With regards to a job, have you tried teach for america? They may be able to place you in Chicago – my friend does that and absolutely LOVES it. Otherwise – I’m no help – I’m currently searching for a job myself!!!! Uh – being unemployed in the city is fun too?!?!?!?!?
I would love to get together at the end of the summer for a bee get-together!
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2008 - Hotel on the westside of Los Angeles
Welcome to Chicago!!! I moved here two years ago and I love it so much– it’s such a great, diverse city with lots to do and amazing food. You will love it here!
Have you looked into teaching positions at U of C’s Lab School? It’s a really great school and they might have some great opportunities worth looking into!
If you need any help with anything in your move to Chicago, let us know! And I would definitely be up for a Chicago Bee get-together 🙂
Post # 10
Hm, I’m pretty sure it’d be tough to get a teaching position @ the Lab School, but you can probably try some kind of education program @ the U of C hospital. Is the Komer center built yet? It’s their new Children’s hospital, and I’m sure they’ll need people to help kids with their studies there, especially for kids there for an extended period of time. Not sure if it’ll pay well, but it’s something.