Moving to Chicago, Illinois means that you will become a resident of the largest city in the state. It is also the largest city in in the entire Midwestern region. The “Windy City” is situated on Lake Michigan in northern Illinois.
A large city brings plenty of opportunities for work, education and fun or cultural entertainment, but it’s a good idea to know a little bit about the lay of the land before hiring a professional moving company or asking friends to help you move into the city.
The city’s downtown area is heavily populated with high rise apartments, and the outskirts are dotted with houses. Chicago is more than downtown high rises or small houses and apartments. It spans over a wide area, known as Chicagoland. The outskirts of Chicago are packed with suburbia living. From there, it sprawls out to a large surrounding suburban area, including: Batavia, Elk Grove Village, Naperville, Brookfield, Elmhurst, Melrose Park and many other municipalities.
Other popular names and sites associated with this large Midwestern city, on Lake Michigan, are:
- Magnificant Mile
- McCormick Place
- Shedd Aquarium
- Adler Planetarium
- Navy Pier
- Wrigley Field
- Lake Shore Drive
- Cultural Capitol of the Midwest
- One of the tallest skyscrapers in the world, formerly known as the Sears Tower
Other nicknames for the city include: Chi Town, Second City, and the City that Works.
Even if you’re not a sports enthusiast or baseball fan, locals are devoted Cubs fans. It doesn’t matter if they are a winning or losing team.
Boating and other aquatic enjoyment is part of the city, with its location at the southwestern tip of Lake Michigan as well two rivers running through the city: The Chicago River and the Calumet River.
Situated on the Continental Divide, Chicago has always been known as a major transportation hub of the United States. O’Hare is the city’s large airport hub. There is also a downtown AmTrak train station. From there, taxi cabs and the elevated monorail takes you where you need to go within the downtown area.
Downtown Chicago is easy to maneuver inside the “L”, elevated monorail, or in a Taxi. However, most of the population sprawls outward to areas that require a reliable vehicle. If you commute into the city for work, be prepared for long hours in traffic and toll-road passes.