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So, Chicago is your kind of town, and it’s calling you home. Chicago has that razzmatazz– and all that jazz! Frank Sinatra crooned about it, Broadway based a play on it, and movies and television shows are often set in it. But what’s it like to live in Chicago, really? Chicago is a crazy-quilt of colors and textures that blankets the coast of Lake Michigan. It is unique neighborhoods, fantastic outdoor art, stunning architecture, riding the “L,” amazing restaurants, friendly people, and dazzling nightlife all woven together to create a one-of-a-kind location that can’t be duplicated or forgotten. Once you’ve been wrapped in the city of Chicago, it really does tug on your sleeve, calling you back.
Chicago sits on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan, the fifth largest body of fresh water in the world. The lake is the focus for the city’s 29 public beaches, boating and water sport opportunities, and is the backdrop for one of the most spectacular views in the world: looking out over the water at sunset from the top of the John Hancock building, with sweeping views spanning four states. Lake Michigan is not only beautiful, but it actually helps moderate Chicago’s climate, making waterfront neighborhoods slightly warmer in winter and cooler in summer.
Finding your home in the Windy City won’t be difficult – Chicago has a variety of apartment complexes, ranging from trendy lofts to upscale high-rises. Once you’ve found your new apartment in Chicago, go for a walk and check out the Navy Pier, Willis tower, Wrigley Field, the Bean … because that’s Chicago, and it’s amazing.
Things to Do in Chicago:
Shopping along Miracle Mile, one of the best shopping districts in the world; amazing art in Millennium Park, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago; seeing the world beneath your feet in the observation deck at Willis Tower; strolling through Grant Park, Lincoln Park, and along the Navy Pier; restaurants featuring everything from the world’s best deep-dish pizza and Chicago-style hot dogs to five-star fine dining; legendary theater and Broadway productions in the Theater District … Chicago’s sites are legendary! There’s no such thing as being “bored” in Chicago – but you might be overwhelmed by all of your choices.
Start at Millennium Park, where the art is as legendary as the city itself. This open space is surrounded by Chicago’s stunning architecture, which is reflected in the iconic “Bean.” This polished, seamless structure was designed by British artist Anish Kappo. Millennium Park is part of Grant Park, a 300-acre park located between Lake Michigan and Downtown Chicago. Once you’ve chosen your apartment for rent in Chicago, you’ll love spending time in “Chicago’s Front Yard.” In addition to Millennium Park, Grant Park features the unique Jay Pritzker Pavilion, a stunning one-of-a-kind outdoor theater that hosts several music performances and events, including Grant Park Music Festival. The colorful Lurie Garden contains five acres of perennials, bulbs, and ornamental grasses – the latter creating a beautiful winterscape when the grasses dazzle with ice and snow. The park also contains Boeing Galleries, BP Bridge, the Art Institute of Chicago, Wrigley Square and Millennium Monument, Harris Theater, Buckingham Fountain, and the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink and Plaza.
The 50-acre Navy Pier provides year-round fun and entertainment. Be sure to ride the 150-foot Ferris wheel to marvel at the amazing city and Lake Michigan views. Have fun at the Chicago Children’s Museum, where you can get lost in a funhouse maze and go on a dinosaur expedition; catch a performance at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater; take a boat cruise; or attend Navy Pier events, such as Landshark Beer Garden, summer fireworks, Oktoberfest, Winter WonderFest, Snow Days Chicago, and the Chicago Toy and Game Fair. The Navy Pier also features restaurants and gift shops.
Other great attractions in Chicago include the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Chicago Riverwalk, the legendary jazz club Green Mill (once a favorite hangout for Al Capone and other 1920s gangsters), North Avenue Beach, Brookfield Zoo, Water Tower Place, Shedd Aquarium, and Adler Planetarium.
From farmer’s markets to the popular summer festival Taste of Chicago, this is a city that’s enthusiastic about food – it has even been named one of the best dining destinations in America. You’ll find ethnic cuisine, five-star restaurants owned by celebrity chefs, food trucks, and street vendors. Be sure to try Chicago’s famous dishes — deep-dish pizza, Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, and jibarito sandwiches.
Next time you sing, “buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks,” remember that Chicago is the home of this famous baseball snack, selling its first box here in 1893. Of course, Chicagoans take baseball – and all their sports – very seriously. The Chicago Bears, the Cubs, the Bulls, the White Sox, the Blackhawks, Soldier Field, Cellular Field, United Center, and Wrigley Field– it’s no wonder Sporting News named Chicago the Best Sports City. And, the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2013 – their fifth Stanley Cup Championship! If you’re into sports, can it get any better than this?
What to Consider When Moving to Chicago:
Chicago is a city of neighborhoods, a multicultural city that thrives on the harmony and diversity of its 77 distinct neighborhoods. From Lincoln Square and Uptown to Hyde Park, Jackson Park and the Southeast Side, the city’s neighborhoods are a melting pot of backgrounds, food, and tradition. When you begin your Chicago apartment search, you’ll easily find a neighborhood that is perfect for you.
As one of the nation’s most pedestrian-friendly cities, getting around Chicago is easy – just hop on the Metra. The Metra is the country’s second-most used mass transportation system, with 11 commuter rails in Chicago and the suburbs. The “L” is an elevated mass-transit subway system with several lines. The Red and Blue lines run 24 hours, making Chicago one of only two cities in the US (the other being New York City) that offers 24-hour rail service year-round.
Residents here benefit from a number of nearby major colleges and universities, including University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Loyola University, DePaul University, the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago State University, and University of Illinois Chicago.
Because of Chicago’s diverse economy, it has been rated as one of the nation’s most balanced economies. It is one of the most important business centers in the world, and Chicago has the third-largest science and engineering work force in the US. Chicago is considered one of the richest cities in the world. It is home to several financial centers, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Chicago Stock Exchange. The city is home to 12 Fortune Global 500 companies and 66 Fortune 1,000 companies. Businesses headquartered in Chicago include Boeing, Kraft Foods, Baxter International, ThyssenKrupp, McDonald’s, and United Continental Holdings.
Why Chicago Apartments Are Hot:
A dazzling skyline, a gorgeous coast, exciting nightlife, endless things to do, and legendary shopping and dining … add in a strong, diverse economy, walkability, and some of the friendliest people you’ll meet and it’s easy to see why Chicago is one of the world’s favorite cities. Chicago’s neighborhoods offer a chance to define yourself – will you choose apartments in Downtown Chicago, where the action is? Or do you prefer Logan Square – one of Chicago’s trendiest neighborhoods, filled with bars, pubs, and late-night eateries? Or do you want to live a life of luxury in a Gold Coast high-rise, where boutiques have names like Prada and Louis Vuitton?
Once you’ve decided on the “where,” it’s time to find your new apartment in Chicago! Before you head for the Windy City, make sure you have a parka –a nice, heavy parka with a hood. (Chicago can get chilly in the winter – but you’ll still want to be outside) and an umbrella with air vents – you’ll need it! Pick a team – Cubs or White Sox? Even if you aren’t a baseball fan, this is crucial. Pick a side, and be prepared to defend it! Chicagoans are passionate about sports. They’re also passionate about ketchup – and not using it! Don’t ask for ketchup from a hot dog vendor in Chicago – most do not even offer it.
From its amazingly clean, wide streets to some of the most beautiful architecture in the world, there’s no place like Chicago. Each time you roam, Chicago is calling you home … so answer the call and find your new Chicago apartment!
- Adjacent to Lake Michigan, the fifth largest body of fresh water in the world
- Twenty-nine public beaches
- Passionate sports town and home of the Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bulls and Wrigley Field
- Home of Niketown
- Harmony and diversity reign in its 77 distinct neighborhoods
- Large number of colleges and universities nearby, including University of Chicago, Northwestern University and Loyola University
- Westwood College Chicago Loop
- Harrington College of Design
- Illinois Institute of Art
- American Academy of Art
- Depaul University
- O'hare Air Force Base & Air National Guard
- US Military Reservation Naperville
- Fermi National Accelerator Lab Winfield
- US Military Reservation Elk Grove
- U.S. Military Reservation