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View Poll Results: Chicago a good move for what I'm looking for?
No-Stick with Big Salty 4 16.67%
Yes- plenty of what you're looking for 20 83.33%
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:01 AM
 
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Hello,

I have an opportunity to relocate from Salt Lake City to Chicago. I am originally from Kentucky, male, currently in mid 20s, recently graduated in Engineering.

I feel out of place here, miss the friendly Midwest. Salt Lake City is also heavily Mormon (great people but exclusive), which I am not. This combined with the heavily male population ("Lets ski bro") makes dating quite difficult. It also has the lowest percentage of female graduates than any other state, even AK and WY.

So I'm looking for a great nightlife and singles scene of educated and friendly women. In addition, I'm looking for friendly, honest, down to earth people to call neighbors. Also looking at UI-C for masters.

Is the nightlife in Chicago that much different than Salt Lake City?
How is the single scene in comparison?
What neighborhoods would be best to relocate to find an educated female with her act together?
Am I still going to walk into a bar and see a 5:1 guy/girl ratio?
How expensive is rent in these areas?
What can I expect?
What's your take on University Illinois-Chicago?

Give me your opinion, doesn't necessarily have to be facts.

Thanks!
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:44 AM
 
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Hello,

I have an opportunity to relocate from Salt Lake City to Chicago. I am originally from Kentucky, male, currently in mid 20s, recently graduated in Engineering.

I feel out of place here, miss the friendly Midwest. Salt Lake City is also heavily Mormon (great people but exclusive), which I am not. This combined with the heavily male population ("Lets ski bro") makes dating quite difficult. It also has the lowest percentage of female graduates than any other state, even AK and WY.

So I'm looking for a great nightlife and singles scene of educated and friendly women. In addition, I'm looking for friendly, honest, down to earth people to call neighbors. Also looking at UI-C for masters.

Is the nightlife in Chicago that much different than Salt Lake City?
How is the single scene in comparison?
What neighborhoods would be best to relocate to find an educated female with her act together?
Am I still going to walk into a bar and see a 5:1 guy/girl ratio?
How expensive is rent in these areas?
What can I expect?
What's your take on University Illinois-Chicago?

Give me your opinion, doesn't necessarily have to be facts.

Thanks!
Yes, this place is really great, and it is much easier to meet educated people here than in other areas of the country.

There are slightly more women here than men, but its no where near 5:1; depending on what type of bar/club you walk into, the ratio is about 1:1.
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:45 AM
 
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Is the nightlife in Chicago that much different than Salt Lake City?
Without a doubt.

I've only been to SLC a couple of times, but based on that limited experience (and that of a couple of friends who have lived there), I think you'll find much more of what you're looking for in Chicago. Personally the only advantage I would give SLC over Chicago would be the mountains/skiing/outdoor stuff. It's a rather big advantage, but still wouldn't be enough to get me to choose it over Chicago as a single guy.
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:05 PM
 
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Thanks for your replies, this exactly the kind of information I was looking for.
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:19 PM
 
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I've definitely heard the phrase "slower than Salt Lake City on a Saturday night" thrown around before. Chicago couldn't be more unlike that.
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:19 PM
 
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What's a good neighborhood to live in considering being close to quality nightlife and reasonably priced?
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Uptown
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define reasonable, a budget is a must
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:27 PM
 
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good point Aleking, right now I'm only paying $400/month with all utilities included. Expecting that in Downtown Chicago is a joke. What is a reasonable rate for a single bedroom close to the nightlife? $800/month?
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Uptown
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good point Aleking, right now I'm only paying $400/month with all utilities included. Expecting that in Downtown Chicago is a joke. What is a reasonable rate for a single bedroom close to the nightlife? $800/month?
You'll be looking at studios, even in my neighborhood which often viewed as a more affordable but close to nightlife option, $800 1 bdrms are few and far between.
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Old 03-26-2013, 04:15 PM
 
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Besides defining "reasonable," it also depends on how you define "close" and how you define "nightlife." There are actually quite a few neighborhoods where you can get a 1 BR for $800, and some will have nightlife in the sense of having bars or restaurants in walking distance. If you mean the kind of neighborhoods where you can do serious barhopping and clubbing with hordes of 20-somethings, you won't be finding much in that price range, though. You'll be taking public transportation to those areas at that price unless you have a roommate or a tiny, crappy studio.
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