Moving from Oakland, CA to Des Plaines, IL

Moving from Oakland, CA to Des Plaines, IL – Welcome to your new destiny

It doesn’t matter why life has you moving from Oakland to Des Plaines because now is your chance to be a part of the “City of Destiny.” Des Plaines is a small, quaint city of just under 60,000, but it’s only 20 miles away from one of the nation’s largest and most exciting cities, Chicago. Living here gives you the opportunity to enjoy a less crowded lifestyle with all the amenities of a major city. You’ll find community events, excellent neighborhoods, recreation opportunities, places of worship, and great schools all readily available for you and your family. Don’t wait another minute; start your 2,100 mile journey east and start living your new destiny.

Cost of living comparison

When you’re making a move as big as this one, it’s important to know what to expect financially. Life in Des Plaines will be significantly cheaper which means more money in your pocket. Housing costs are sure to put a smile on your face because the average cost of a home in the Chicago suburbs will be nearly $300,000 cheaper. Rent prices begin around $1,200, saving an average of $600 monthly. You can also expect to pay cheaper prices for groceries, clothing, and utilities.

Finding your perfect job

Are you using this move to find your perfect job? The largest employers within Des Plaines include Sysco Food Service, Holy Family Medical Group, UOP, and Oakton Community College. However, if you’re willing to make the short commute to Chicago, the career options are endless. This city has been rated as having one of the most balanced economies in the nation, and as a major financial center, it’s the second largest business district in the U.S. Major players in this economy include the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Sears Holdings Corporation, Abbott Laboratories, Baxter International, General Electric, and Kraft Foods. It’s a city designed for educators, health care workers, architects, lawyers, retailers, and artists.

Local climate and landscape

It’s true; a move from Oakland to Chicago will require you to leave behind the sunny California skies for a colder, windier city. Buy your winter coat, hat, and gloves because you’re going to need them, but once you take in the view of the spectacular public art, the beaches of Lake Michigan, and the amazing architecture infamous to the surrounding area, you’ll be ok with the cold. Des Plaines works hard to maintain its beauty along with honoring its roots. Plus, its close proximity to Chicago opens you to an even bigger and more exciting world.

Have some fun once you move

Once you get the hassle of moving and job hunting out of the way, discover the many ways to let loose and have fun. Directly within your new town you’ll find beautiful parks, youth activities, fitness centers, golf courses, and bike trails. When you’re ready to venture down the road to the big city, you’ll find more art, entertainment, shopping, and dining than you can imagine. Definitely carve out time for entertainment at Chicago Theatre, Ferris wheel fun at Navy Pier, shopping along Magnificent Mile, ice skating at Millennium Park, and art gazing at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Move to Des Plaines from Oakland on a Budget

Instead of driving across the country in a rental truck, let U-Pack® do the driving for you. U-Pack will deliver your belongings right to the door of your new home. Prices compare to truck rental, and you don’t have to drive. You’re free to travel with your family in the comfort of your own vehicle. And the best part? You won’t wait very long for your belongings thanks to fast transportation through our service center network. U-Pack transit times average just 2-5 business days – and if you need your belongings faster, we offer expedited services, too. Click here for a moving quote to see how much your U-Pack move will cost.