Moving from Columbus, OH, to Chicago, IL

Get blown away by big-city life

When moving out of Columbus, Ohio, to the larger (and windier) city of Chicago, Illinois, you can plan for a different lifestyle. At just under 2.75 million people, the Windy City of Chicago is significantly larger than Columbus, which had 905,748 residents, according to the 2020 U.S. Census. Keep reading to learn what attracts over 58 million tourists to Chicago each year and other fun facts about your new home.

10 tourist attractions in Chicago

As the birthplace of the skyscraper when the Home Insurance Building was completed in 1885, you’ll find plenty of them in Chicago. In fact, the Skydeck in Willis Tower is the highest observation deck in the U.S., which makes it a popular tourist attraction in Chicago. Here are nine other popular places to visit in the city: 

  • Field Museum 
  • Lincoln Park Zoo 
  • Millennium Park 
  • Museum of Science and History 
  • Navy Pier 
  • The Art Institute of Chicago 
  • The Magnificent Mile 
  • Wrigley Field (home of the Chicago Cubs) 

Plan for similar climates

Moving from Columbus to Chicago won’t be much of a shock in terms of weather. While Chicago typically has more yearly snowfall (approximately 37 inches) compared to Columbus (around 28 inches per year), you can expect similar year-round temperatures. Chicago generally stays between 22 and 83 degrees throughout the year, and it’s rare for the mercury to rise above 91 degrees during the hottest month of July.

Job outlook in Chicago

Salaries in Chicago are higher than national averages, and the city offers a better value in terms of housing costs when compared to other similarly sized areas. Many residents find jobs in business, engineering, finance, health care, government, pharmaceuticals and transportation. Top employers in the area include Boeing, Deloitte, Ford Motor Company, JPMorgan Chase, Nestle and United Airlines.

U-Pack can get you to Chicago

U-Pack has nearly 240 service centers, including locations near Columbus and Chicago. We’re a self-moving service with over 25 years of experience in long-distance moves. With us, you save money by handling the packing, loading and unloading, and then we take care of transporting your things. Request your free online quote today or call 844-362-5303844-594-3077 to speak to a moving consultant. We’re happy to help!