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View Poll Results: Will you leave the Chicago area when you retire?
Most definately 23 34.85%
Not sure yet 25 37.88%
Nope, here till I die 18 27.27%
Voters: 66. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-18-2012, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Schererville, IN
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Will you leave Chicago area when you retire?
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:04 PM
 
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I assume that the people who do that are the people who never liked Chicago that much to begin with, but were here for some sort of employment opportunity that wasn't available elsewhere. That's not the case for me in my field, so anything that might come along to make me want to leave when I retire would be just as likely to make me want to leave before I retire, too. If there was another place I wanted to live that badly (and could afford to live), I'd just go there now.
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:06 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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A year after we both retired my wife and I left and tried Lexington KY. We tired of the place and the stumblebums who live there and came back to Chicago after three years. Living in Chicago is worth every goddam nickel, to us anyway.
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:09 PM
 
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Unlikely, but if I did it would be to France, Spain, Italy, Portugal or Greece.
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:19 PM
 
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^^

Coincidence or are you strategizing that your dollar would go farther in a busted-out PIGS economy?!
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:29 PM
 
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Coincidence or are you strategizing that your dollar would go farther in a busted-out PIGS economy?!
No coincidence, they are my favorite places I've been in the world.
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:31 PM
 
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Yes. Ironic they are in such bad shape!
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Okay, stop using the word "ironic" until you learn what it means.
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:59 PM
 
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I think that many people do leave Chicago when they retire if they are older and don't want to be in the cold weather and/or snow anymore. I love Chicago and would return if not for my grandkids being in Houston, but I have to admit that I do not miss shoveling snow or driving in it and I don't miss below zero temps.
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Old 12-18-2012, 05:13 PM
 
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I definitely will. For several reasons:

1. I want to leave near the ocean
2. I want warm weather year round
3. I would go to Latin America because my money will probably take me farther. I want to live my last years able to really enjoy myself rather than penny pinching and not being able to do do much. I mean in Panama you can get a high end apartment, one bedroom, right off the ocean forabout$400 a month and full health insurance in Panama with cancer plans included i the cost for $800 a year.
4. A reason most of you havent thought of, as you get older most people want a slower pace of life. Chicago will continue to get more crowded,more hustle and bustle, more stressful etc. the older you get usually you will want a slower pace. I can't imagine dealing with all the crowds, traffic, packed trains etc, when I am 70.

Til then this is my home.
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