Moving from Chicago, IL, to San Francisco, CA

Blowing in from The Windy City to the City by the Bay 

It’s no secret that Chicago, IL, and San Francisco, CA, are two of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. In fact, Conde Nast Traveler lists them among its 9 Most Visited American Cities. Rich histories, iconic landmarks and vibrant cultural offerings make Chicago a must-see location.  

But moving from one to the other means even more opportunities to explore! Find out what you can look forward to by living in (or near) “The City by the Bay.” 

Comfortably get out and about any time of year 

It’s not just the 259 sunny days per year that make San Francisco attractive. It also lacks Chicago’s harsh winters and blistering summers, which means no shoveling 35 inches of snow and no enduring steamy triple-digit temperatures.  

The Bay Area’s temperate climate is ideal for enjoying the outdoors year-round, whether exploring Golden Gate Park on foot or by bike, hiking Twin Peaks or taking in a Giants game. 

San Francisco has what you’re hungry for 

The multicultural populations of both cities help create diverse (and delicious) food scenes. Chicago deep-dish pizza and loaded hot dogs may not be as easy to find in San Francisco, but you’ll be within easy reach of world-class seafood and sourdough bread.  

Don’t miss dim sum in Chinatown, a jumbo burrito in the Mission District, an assortment of chocolate treats at Ghiradelli Square, and an espresso in the beatnik enclave of North Beach! 

Enjoy iconic views throughout the city 

San Francisco covers only 47 square miles — just 20 percent the physical size of Chicago — yet it delivers a lot of visual bang for the buck. If you’re a fan of Chicago’s architecture and skyline, San Francisco’s offerings won’t disappoint!  

We mentioned Twin Peaks earlier; here are 10 more of the best locations for panoramic views: 

  • Golden Gate Overlook (at Battery Park West) 
  • Coit Tower 
  • Alamo Square 
  • Treasure Island 
  • Alcatraz Island 
  • Ferry Building 
  • Mission Dolores Park 
  • Kirby Cove 
  • Union Square 
  • Lombard Street 

California dreaming? Rest easy and move with U-Pack 

Start your new life in San Francisco rested and ready. U-Pack®, an industry leader in long-distance residential moving, has the experience and expertise to simplify your move. And the best part? We’ll take care of the driving! Contact a service center near you to learn more and get a free quote.