Moving from Kansas City, MO to Chicago, IL

Leaving Kansas City for Chicago

Life in Kansas City has been fun and full of great opportunities! But, now it’s time to leave America’s heartland behind for the Second City. If you’re moving from K.C. to Chicago, you’ll have a chance for new opportunities and to take advantage of all the amenities Chicago has to offer. Read on to learn more about your new city and see how U-Pack can help get you there. 

How do the climates compare?

Much like in Kansas City, Chicago’s summers can get very hot and humid, and rain is likely. Winters are where you’ll see the biggest difference. Winters in Kansas City are cold and the city occasionally sees snow, but nothing like in Chicago. The Windy City’s location on Lake Michigan often sees “lake-effect snow” which causes northeastern winds that can be very frigid and blanket the city with snow. Chicago sees an average of 36 inches of snow a year, which is more than half of what you’ll see in K.C.

Cost of living

Like the weather, another aspect of living in Chicago that you should be prepared for is the higher cost of living. Overall, it’s about 30 percent more expensive to live in Kansas City than in Chicago, but the major factor in that is the median price of a home purchase. In Chicago, an average home costs about $225,500, as compared to $135,100 in Kansas City. As for other expenses, food and grocery prices are about the same, but you’ll actually spend a little less on utilities and health care. If you drive your own personal vehicle, you may spend a bit more on gas, car insurance and other expenses in Chicago, but it’s worth mentioning that the city has a robust public transportation system, so a personal vehicle may not be needed to get around. 

Job opportunities

Kansas City has a stable economy with lots of job opportunities in the agriculture field and with the federal government. Kansas City residents also work in the public school system and the medical field, and several major corporations like Hallmark Cards and the Sprint Corporation also call the city home. You’ll find plenty of employment opportunities in Chicago, as well. Chicago has one of the largest, most diversified economies in the world. The city is home to 29 Fortune 500 companies and is considered a global financial center. Along with the federal government and jobs with the city, county and the public school system, Chicagoans work in a variety of fields like retail, finance, public services, medicine, law and more. 

Moving to Chicago with U-Pack

If you need help moving to Chicago from Kansas City, choose U-Pack! With our self-move service, you pack, load and unload your belongings, and we do all the driving. Choose door-to-door delivery, or opt to load/unload at a nearby service center, if you’re not ready to move in or out right away. See how much your move will cost by getting a free online quote or call us at 844-362-5303844-594-3077.