Moving from Kansas City, MO to Chicago, IL

How different will life in Chicago be? 

With only 510 miles separating Kansas City and Chicago, the two mid-west cities have much in common. But if you’re moving from K.C. to the Windy City, there will be some things to get used to. 

Learn what to expect from your new life in Chicago, and then see how U-Pack can help you move there!   

There’s a higher cost of living   

One of the best and easiest ways to compare how much it costs to live in two different cities is to use the cost-of-living index, which includes expenses for everything from food and housing to healthcare and entertainment. Chicago’s overall cost of living index is 107.4, making it more expensive than Kansas City’s 87.9. But the average household does make more money in Chicago, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, so your salary may offset those added expenses! 

You’ll get more snow each winter  

While winters in Kansas City are cold and occasionally bring snow, fans of winter weather will be glad to know they’ll see a lot more of it in Chicago. Because the city is located on Lake Michigan, “lake-effect snow” happens often, and the wind can get very frigid. Chicago sees an average of 37 inches of snow each year, compared to Kansas City’s average of 18.2.  

It’s easy to continue your education 

Are you interested in college classes? Chicago has over 100 colleges and universities to help you get a degree or learn a new skill. Check out courses at institutions like Loyola University, the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Chicago!   

Ready to make the move? 

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 load/unload at a nearby service center to save even more. See how much your move will cost by getting a free online quote.