Moving from Houston, TX to Chicago, IL

Moving from Houston, Texas to Chicago, Illinois

Moving from Houston to Chicago means that you’ll be moving from the fourth largest city in the United States to the third largest city in the United States! So, you will have to get used to a slight difference in population. Compared to Houston’s population of over 2.1 million, Chicago is a little bit larger with a population of over 2.7 million. In Chicago, you’ll find friendly people and so many things to do! You’ll definitely love this great city!

Getting from Houston to Chicago

Chicago is over 1,100 miles from Houston which means, if you choose to drive, it will take you about 17 hours to get there. If you’d like to stop along the way, you’ll be passing through Little Rock, AR, where you can visit the Arkansas Museum of Discovery, as well as St. Louis, MO, where you definitely must take a ride to the top of the famous Gateway Arch! Before you know it, you’ll be in Chicago!

Chicago’s Weather

Moving from Houston to Chicago means that you’ll see quite a different climate. Compared to Houston’s summers, Chicago’s are cooler but still warm and humid with average highs in the low 80s. Chicago’s winters, on the other hand, are much colder than Houston’s with average lows in the high teens and an average of 37.8 inches of snow! So, be sure to invest in plenty of warm, winter clothes!


Moving from Houston to Chicago means that you will have to learn your way around a new city, but fortunately, Chicago has many options for transportation! Driving in and around Chicago is easy because it is connected to a number of major interstate highways and expressways; however, traffic congestion is a problem at times. Public transportation in Chicago is provided by the Chicago Transit Authority which operates many buses as well as the “L,” a rapid transit elevated subway system that runs 24 hours a day, all days of the year!

Schools in Chicago

If you’re moving from Houston to Chicago with children who are in public school, they’ll be moving from a city with 17 school districts that have a combined enrollment of over 700,000 students to a city with one school district that has an enrollment of over 404,000 students. So, it won’t be long before your children make the adjustment! Chicago Public Schools has a total of 472 elementary schools, 106 high schools, 96 charter schools, and seven contract schools. Chicago is also home to a number of private schools, most of which are Roman Catholic or Lutheran. Additionally, great universities in Chicago include the University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and DePaul University!

Fun in Chicago

Moving from Houston to Chicago means that you will have a variety of new places to go and things to try! If you enjoy sports, be sure to see the NBA’s Chicago Bulls, the MLB’s Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs, the NFL’s Chicago Bears and the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks!

Chicago is also home to many amazing museums including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago History Museum, the Adler Planetarium and the Museum of Contemporary Art! To experience the great performing arts in the city, be sure to see the Joffrey Ballet and Chicago Festival Ballet, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and The Second City comedy troupe!

For a fun family day, definitely visit the Shedd Aquarium, the Lincoln Park Zoo, and the Museum of Science and Industry! You’re sure to always have fun in Chicago!

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