(Closed) New Job=Relocation to Chicago!!!

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 4
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Darling Husband and I met while living in Chicago.  Unfortunately we lived in the suburbs.  If we ever moved back, I would have to live and work downtown.  If you can make the financials work for you, it is probably the best thing to do career-wise.  Hopefully it works out for you personaly as well!

Post # 6
1088 posts
Bumble bee

I hope everything works out for you.  I was raised in the Chicago area, and it’s a wonderful place to raise a family.  There are so many opportunities in the city and so much to do!

Post # 7
948 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I say go for it!  I love Chicago!  I’m definately a big city type of girl, I hope you’ll love it.

Post # 9
214 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Chicago is a great place to live but I would caution you to keep in mind a few things:

1. It’s quite expensive. Really. We have the highest sales tax rate in the United States – 10.25%. This is for the city itself but the Jewish communities on the North Shore are also pretty spendy.

2. While we get plenty of cold and windy, we also get our fair share of hot and sticky. Granted, this is all a matter of perception! Chicago hot and sticky may not really bother you after southern Indiana hot and sticky.

3. Traffic here is no joke and rush hour lasts pretty much all day. Public transportation is extensive but can be pricey (2.00 – 2.25 per ride for the CTA).  

4. The Cubs/White Sox/Bears/Bulls/Blackhawks will eventually break your heart. Or not.

In all seriousness, Chicago is a wonderful place to live. The city is beautiful, we have amazing museums, the food is just…wow and I think people are pretty darn friendly. Best of luck in getting your new job and welcome!




Post # 10
544 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

First of all, good luck!  I L-O-V-E Chicago.  I am not Jewish, but have several friends that are who also live here in the City. It seems that there is quite a large community in my neighborhood (East Lakeview).

That said, I do agree with Ms. Pink Scrubs.  It is quite expensive and the traffic STINKS if you commute to work.  However, my husband and I live and work in the city and our commute is 20 minutes. 

Just curious…..did you apply at another hospital???  (I’m a nurse and hubby is a physician).  Feel free to PM if so, I can give you some details about the hospital I work at.

Post # 12
404 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I don’t know if I have anything to add to your pros and cons list, but I wanted to chime in with the fact I moved to Chicago in June, 2007, and I can’t imagine living anywhere else anymore. I’m honestly head-over-heels in love with almost everything about the city.

Good luck!

Post # 13
3752 posts
Honey bee

Pros: You’ll be closer to WI! I think we should to a Greater Chicago area meetup! Including WI and the such!!

Pros: Chicago is one of the best cities in the world!

Pros: Can you tell I love Chicago?

Post # 15
270 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Congrats on the GREAT opportunity! It seems like your cons are mainly issues with friends/family/coworkers.. lol  I would say an opportunity to make between 75-100 an hour is incredible! especially in this time πŸ™‚ that being said I’m from Michigan and boy I would love to have that option! My SO lives in a city southwest of Chicago and let me tell you! I LOVE their neigborhoods and shopping! You might be able to pick a suburb outside of Chicago that would fit your needs perfect!

I am looking forward to moving to IL with my SO next year.  I have found many more opportunites out there then I have here in MI πŸ™

I understand what you are saying about leaving friends and family, my dad is the only family I have left here but since my mother passed away in 09′ we’re all we have left!  I have already heard it from my friends about “leaving” them.. blah..blah.. I love my friends but I love my SO more and my future would be much more successful in Chicago.  I would eventually be in a similar situation I am currently searching for a Medical office job since graduating a week ago.  I worry also If I find a job breaking the news to them next summer “oh by the way I’m quiting and moving to Chicago in fall/winter” I can only imagine what they have to say.  I’ll be keeping that info to myself when I get hired >.> sneaky I know lol

Your exitment jumps from your post and I think the decision you make will be the best and I think it will be a great decision!

Best of luck!

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