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Old 05-26-2009, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Blankity-blank!
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Having grown up and lived in Chicago I have a great liking for the city.
But I wonder for what reasons people move to Chicago:
-career opportunities? Forced or voluntary?
-cultural institutions? Which ones?
-general liking for big city life?
-expecting an active cultural/social scene?
-as a stepping stone to bigger things, such as New York?
-relatively close to where you grew up?
After the move, have you been disappointed? Or satisfied? Is Chicago what you expected? Any regrets? Would you prefer to move back home?
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Old 05-26-2009, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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This has been covered a few times.

Especially here:

//www.city-data.com/forum/chica...periences.html
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Old 05-26-2009, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Miami
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*Big City with Small City Affordability
*Diversity
*Cost of Living
*Educational Institutions
*Social Atmosphere -- Great events/things to cover (Theater, Comedy Clubs, Galleries, Museums, Attractions)
*Weather (Yeah it snows like its the middle of Russia - but I am from Miami and there are no seasons)
*Everything that you need is here
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Old 05-26-2009, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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*Big City with Small City Affordability...
*Cost of Living
...
I have to disagree here.

That would be a good description of Chicago ten-fifteen years ago. Not anymore.
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Old 05-26-2009, 11:33 AM
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Compared to Boston and New York, it is still affordable. I have plenty of friends who have moved to those cities from chicago within the past few years who can attest to this.
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Old 05-26-2009, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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^ I know this. What I am saying is "big city with small city affordability" is a ridiculous statement.^

It is way more expensive to buy here than Milwaukee,Cincinnati,Lexington,Columbus,etc...and those are considered mid-sized cities.

So Chicago is as affordable as Dubuque for example? I think not.
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Old 05-26-2009, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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I have to disagree here.

That would be a good description of Chicago ten-fifteen years ago. Not anymore.
It's still the best bargain around as far as living in anything approximating a world-class city. It's cheaper than NYC, Boston, SF and Miami, and right on par with Philly and Seattle. This is a surprisingly affordable city for singles and DINKS. It's when kids roll around that the affordability factor takes a nosedive. And so it goes with many major cities where the schools simply aren't an option.

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It is way more expensive to buy here than Milwaukee,Cincinnati,Lexington,Columbus,etc...and those are considered mid-sized cities.
Yes, the cost to buy here is high compared to these places. But there's a substantially smaller gap in the cost to rent here versus these other places. Another reason why Chicago is a recent grad/young-singles/DINK magnet.
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Old 05-26-2009, 11:39 AM
 
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^ I know this. What I am saying is "big city with small city affordability" is a ridiculous statement.^

It is way more expensive to buy here than Milwaukee,Cincinnati,Lexington,Columbus,etc...and those are considered mid-sized cities.

So Chicago is as affordable as Dubuque for example? I think not.
Exactly what I thought.

The poster just phrased the statement badly.
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Old 05-26-2009, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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...The poster just phrased the statement badly.
Very badly.
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Old 05-26-2009, 11:57 AM
 
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I don't think anyone moves here "as a stepping stone to New York". If people want to live in New York, they generally move to New York or the general region. I don't know anyone who moved to Chicago as an intermediate step, though I'm certain that many people who grow up in Chicago eventually move on to New York or elsewhere.
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