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Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL


Chicago, IL

Why is everyone moving to Chicago, IL?

Many choose to move to Chicago for the great quality of living at a reasonable value. In fact, it’s the third most populous city behind New York and Los Angeles. Chicago is known for its array of sights and entertainment. After moving, you can enjoy a Bulls game at the United Center or take look at the city from the Sears Tower. Once you're all settled in, be sure to visit one of the city's visitor centers so you can make sure you see all the attractions Chicago has to offer. Keep reading to learn more about your upcoming move to the Windy City!

A helpful guide about moving to Chicago.

Getting around Chicago

Chicago’s public transit system operates 24/7 - it's one of only two in the country that offer this service! There are also over 100 miles of bicycle paths and trails throughout the city if you are interested in some exercise while you're out and about. You might not even need a car if you live in Chicago!

Jobs in Chicago

There are 21 Fortune 500 companies in the metro area, so there are plenty of job opportunities abounding in Chicago. If you’re into finance, you’ll be happy to know that Chicago is a major world financial center with the second largest business district in the U.S.

Chicago Neighborhoods

Chicago has many different neighborhoods and suburbs that comprise the city and metro area. In fact, there are 77 to be exact. Every neighborhood has a different feel and personality. Before moving to Chicago, research which neighborhood you want to live in. Or, rent first, then explore the neighborhoods in person before you buy.

Chicago food

Perhaps one of the greatest things about moving to Chicago is the food! Make sure and try Chicago-style pizza, known for its deep dish and chunky sauce. A Chicago-style hot dog is another treat! It’s an all-beef hot dog served on a poppy seed bun and typically topped with mustard, onions, relish, a dill pickle spear, peppers, tomato, (sometimes) cucumber, and celery salt. They call that “dragged through the garden” style!

Things to do in Chicago

  • You can visit the world’s largest library. The Harold Washington Library is 10 stories of fun with a children’s library, winter garden, and endless resources.
  • It doesn’t matter what interests you – from ballet, baseball, history, music, architecture, shopping, to beaches – Chicago has all of the above!
  • The Joffrey Ballet presents both contemporary and classic dance shows, but if you prefer bases to ballet, you can watch the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.
  • For history buffs, you can visit historical sites and museums all over town. Don’t miss the Field Museum, which houses collections in the areas of anthropology, geology, and more! A highlight is the collection of dinosaur skeletons, including Sue, the largest and most complete T-Rex skeleton.
  • You can see concerts, hear local artists, or see Broadway performances at any number of venues in Chicago.

The weather

When winter comes, Chicagoans bundle up. Lake-effect snow is in full-force and you’ll be styling boots, gloves, hats, and lots of layers all winter long. Summer, however, is delightful. During the summer, the city is lively and residents are out and about. If you can handle the winter, it’ll be worth it when summer rolls around.

Things to know before moving to Chicago

  • Most tourists think Chicago is called the “Windy City” because of the wind coming off Lake Michigan. Not true. The nickname was coined in the late 19th Century when residents referred to the politicians as being full of “hot air.”
  • You need to become a Cubs, White Socks, Bears, Blackhawks, and Bulls fan ASAP.
  • You must take a picture by The Bean in Millennium Park as soon as you move to the city.
  • Every winter, residents will do what is known as “Dibs,” where they shovel out space for their cars and put lawn chairs (or other items) in the spots to call “dibs” on it. Some residents respect “Dibs” while others do not.
  • You must go see the Chicago River on St. Patrick’s Day! It’s dyed green and there is a fun festival that takes place around the river.
  • Chicagoans say “pop” not “soda” and the train is called the “L.”

Planning your move to Chicago?

With many service centers located in and near Chicago, U-Pack® is the perfect option if you are moving to the Chicago area. With U-Pack, you do the loading and unloading and U-Pack does the driving! Compared to traditional Chicago moving companies, U-Pack is reasonably priced - if you're moving out of state, U-Pack prices compare to that of a rental truck, but we do all the driving!

Here’s how it works: U-Pack delivers a moving trailer or moving container to you for loading. Then, we drive your belongings to your new home in Chicago. You unload, then we pick up the empty equipment.

If you’re moving to an area in Chicago with limited parking, you may need to obtain a parking permit in order to park the Cube or trailer there. Call a U-Pack representative if you have questions about parking your ReloCube or trailer.

Moving to the Chicago metro area

If you're moving to the Chicago metro area, you can lower your cost by loading and unloading your items at one of our conveniently located service centers. It’s up to you!

Are you a student moving to Chicago?

Check out the ReloCube® if you're moving to one of Chicago's six universities. This moving container typically holds the furnishings of a studio-sized apartment, so it's perfect if you're moving into a dorm or a small apartment. When you reserve your move, let U-Pack know you’re a student so you can get the student discount!

Go U-Pack!

Get a free moving quote online or by calling 800-453-7274 to see how much you'll save on your move to Chicago with U-Pack! We Drive. You Save.®

Chicago moving resources

City website

Chamber of Commerce

Visitor’s Site

The service center for Chicago, IL is located in Des Plaines, IL.

Information about Chicago, IL

Est. Population: 2851268
County: Cook
Latitude: 41.8667
Longitude: -87.6500
Zip Codes: 60601
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