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Old 07-09-2011, 10:42 PM
 
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There is no city like Chicago or any East Coast city for that matter with a warmer climate. As an above poster said, Los Angeles is about as close as you can get and they are really not similar.

A lot of younger Chicagoans go to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and now Miami. I meet a lot of former Chicagoans in LA, have friends in Vegas, and now Miami as well all from Chicagoland.

You can do the same things in all those cities that you can in Chicago, except it requires a lot more driving (not as much in Miami) and a different style of living. Los Angeles is just so big that you really don't have centralized nightlife/entertainment scene like you do in Chicago, at least the swath from Downtown to Wrigleyville. The West and Miami are more car centric, even in the more densely populated areas.

I would say here in LA, the closest area that could even halfway mimick the lifestyle for a younger professional in Lincoln Park or River North is West Hollywood off of Sunset Blvd. or Downtown Santa Monica. Even then, it's about 50%.

I've also seen and heard of many Chicagoans going to LA, Las Vegas, or Miami in their 20s and returning home a few years later. The reason for this is because they want to replicate Chicago somewhere else with better weather, but it simply can't be replicated. The sunbelt cities weren't designed like the Chicago/NYC/Boston cities. Eventually they tire of LA or Las Vegas or Miami and want to go home. I chalk this up as to these people moving here (LA or to the other cities for the wrong reason as stated above.
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Old 07-10-2011, 08:00 PM
 
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you are on a wild goose chase...
find a way to leave in the winter, that is the only way to do it, I have been working on a way to do this for years still has not come full circle but getting close to being able to dip out Jan-March. (Nov/Dec are nice and fun in Chicago though) Jan-March to me are horrid/misery. While Chicago in the summer looks pristine, and one of the best city summer experiences on the planet, literally. Luckily my family is in Florida so this is an easier option for me to try to set up to be a long term affair.
nowincal is on the right point, but I will add there is an entire vibe and culture that a few shops or restaurants just isn't going to have.
i say this as somebody who went through the same things, many other people have, people I know out in NYC, Boston etc too... if you are otherwise "in" to the city culture, you will miss it almost every day you are gone, there is no fix for it!! I tried doing both CA and FL and it just didn't work!

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Old 07-10-2011, 09:34 PM
 
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you are on a wild goose chase...
find a way to leave in the winter, that is the only way to do it, I have been working on a way to do this for years still has not come full circle but getting close to being able to dip out Jan-March. (Nov/Dec are nice and fun in Chicago though) Jan-March to me are horrid/misery. While Chicago in the summer looks pristine, and one of the best city summer experiences on the planet, literally. Luckily my family is in Florida so this is an easier option for me to try to set up to be a long term affair.
nowincal is on the right point, but I will add there is an entire vibe and culture that a few shops or restaurants just isn't going to have.
i say this as somebody who went through the same things, many other people have, people I know out in NYC, Boston etc too... if you are otherwise "in" to the city culture, you will miss it almost every day you are gone, there is no fix for it!! I tried doing both CA and FL and it just didn't work!

That is definitely the way I look at it. The nice thing about the winter here, is that not only as great as Chicago is, there's a built in time of the year to travel and see the rest of the country and world. I mean, if you're sitting on the beach in Miami and loving a sunny 80 degree day in February does it really matter at that specific moment in time where your rent check goes? So I'm thankful for the winter in that it gives me a time to travel and feel like I'm not missing anything back home :-)
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Old 07-10-2011, 09:40 PM
 
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That is definitely the way I look at it. The nice thing about the winter here, is that not only as great as Chicago is, there's a built in time of the year to travel and see the rest of the country and world. I mean, if you're sitting on the beach in Miami and loving a sunny 80 degree day in February does it really matter at that specific moment in time where your rent check goes? So I'm thankful for the winter in that it gives me a time to travel and feel like I'm not missing anything back home :-)
Totally agree. I'll never understand why some people get out of here in the summer to travel...unless you've got kids and can't leave during the school year, have seasonal work that only gives you time off in the summer, etc. Summer is the reason to live here. Winter is the reason to leave for a week or two to escape.
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Old 07-11-2011, 07:33 AM
 
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That is definitely the way I look at it. The nice thing about the winter here, is that not only as great as Chicago is, there's a built in time of the year to travel and see the rest of the country and world. I mean, if you're sitting on the beach in Miami and loving a sunny 80 degree day in February does it really matter at that specific moment in time where your rent check goes?
+1. Even just one week away in January is enough to take the edge off. Plus, you're traveling outside the peak summer months, there aren't hordes of screaming children everywhere, most of the inhabited world is warmer than Chicago then (and in summer, too), and rent in Chicago probably isn't that much of a drain.
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Old 07-11-2011, 08:35 AM
 
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That is definitely the way I look at it. The nice thing about the winter here, is that not only as great as Chicago is, there's a built in time of the year to travel and see the rest of the country and world. I mean, if you're sitting on the beach in Miami and loving a sunny 80 degree day in February does it really matter at that specific moment in time where your rent check goes? So I'm thankful for the winter in that it gives me a time to travel and feel like I'm not missing anything back home :-)
Yep!
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Old 07-11-2011, 05:14 PM
 
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I never travel.
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Old 07-12-2011, 08:33 AM
 
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I never travel.
that's a shame
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Old 07-12-2011, 12:39 PM
 
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Dont know if anyone mentioned this or not, but DALLAS has a really great neighborhood named "Uptown" that is very urban, walkable, and oriented at young professional types. Texas has very warm weather 9 months out of the year, with the other three months something similar to our October weather.

Uptown is a great place, and while not as big as the entire Chicago Bubble area (LP-LV-WP-Bucktown etc), I would say that it has a square footage that is similar to the entire Lakeview area. You still have to drive there sometimes but it is a similar area in many respects to Lincoln park or Lakeview.
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Old 07-12-2011, 03:57 PM
 
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For those who may be considering the move, Las Vegas presently has a terrible economic climate, is an inferno in the summer months ("but it's dry heat!" does not begin to describe summer in Vegas), and has no real cultural existence apart from gambling, drinking, strip clubs, smoking as well as lots of petty crime. An interesting place to visit, and maybe even an ok enough place for the well heeled Chicago retiree to spend six weeks of every winter, but to live year round? Nah.

(I have rethought this and will at least congratulate Las Vegas and Nevada for managing to do whatever it is that they due without onerous taxation. In this respect, Chicago and Illinois are in trouble.)
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