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Old 03-14-2018, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Wow, OP, reading the posts from the angry, bitter people here who are upset because you didn’t choose their city for their reasons might reinforce your decision to have chosen Chicago over Portland.

I lived in both Chicago and Portland for decades. I previously recommended Chicago because, at this point in your life careerwise especially, I believe it would be a better choice for you. Chicago will have more opportunities for jobs in your field. It will also have more choices in lifestyles because of its size. That’s the best thing about moving to a big city like Chicago, whatever you want to do, it’s there.

Once you have established yourself in these areas, if you still want something different you can always look around to see what else is out there. That may even be a good time to rethink Portland.
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Old 03-14-2018, 12:57 PM
 
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Wow, OP, reading the posts from the angry, bitter people here who are upset because you didn’t choose their city for their reasons might reinforce your decision to have chosen Chicago over Portland.

I lived in both Chicago and Portland for decades. I previously recommended Chicago because, at this point in your life careerwise especially, I believe it would be a better choice for you. Chicago will have more opportunities for jobs in your field. It will also have more choices in lifestyles because of its size. That’s the best thing about moving to a big city like Chicago, whatever you want to do, it’s there.

Once you have established yourself in these areas, if you still want something different you can always look around to see what else is out there. That may even be a good time to rethink Portland.
I know... it’s not like the OP is retiring. Living in different cities is healthy for people but especially when you are young with more options. If I had the opportunity to live in Chicago for a few years I would jump at the chance but I am settled with kids in school.
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Old 03-14-2018, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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I know... it’s not like the OP is retiring. Living in different cities is healthy for people but especially when you are young with more options. If I had the opportunity to live in Chicago for a few years I would jump at the chance but I am settled with kids in school.
Sure, people often move around. I was just chatting with an actor friend of mine who was telling me of all the different cities he’s lived in which is not uncommon in his profession. He enjoyed his experiences in each one. But as he grew older he felt different cities suited him better than when he was younger. So now he’s back in Cleveland, the city of his birth, and he’s very happy. He just turned 70, still performing and has some great stories about the places he’s lived.

Some people stay in one place, some move around. Which place works best is different for different people but you never know until you give it a shot.
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Old 03-14-2018, 04:27 PM
 
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Sure, people often move around. I was just chatting with an actor friend of mine who was telling me of all the different cities he’s lived in which is not uncommon in his profession. He enjoyed his experiences in each one. But as he grew older he felt different cities suited him better than when he was younger. So now he’s back in Cleveland, the city of his birth, and he’s very happy. He just turned 70, still performing and has some great stories about the places he’s lived.

Some people stay in one place, some move around. Which place works best is different for different people but you never know until you give it a shot.
So true, Minerva. The OP doesn’t say where he/ she lives currently or where he/ she is from so that could be a determining factor since it would be a different experience for a west coaster to live in the northern mid- west for the change of scenery, climate, culture etc. I chose NYC because I grew up in SF and wanted the complete opposite and now that I am back on the west coast I treasure my years on the east coast.
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