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Moving from Washington D.C. to Chicago, IL

Moving from Washington D.C. to Chicago, IL

Moving from Washington D.C. to Chicago

Chicago is the third largest city in the United States, and also ranked as the third largest economic center in the country. The city is home to the second busiest airport in the world, and it also boasts the second most visited park in the U.S. next to Central Park in New York City. Long considered a center for colleges and universities, the idea of a junior college was first developed in Chicago in 1901. Chicago is also famous for its cuisine –both original and authentic ethnic dishes. Make the move from Washington D.C. to Chicago, IL!

So what really makes Chicago a better place to live?

The following information will give you everything you need to know to see why moving from Washington D.C. to Chicago will be the best decision you have ever made!

Chicago’s weather

Washington D.C. was built on swamp land, and as result is known for extremely humid and hot summers. Winters in the D.C. area are significantly dry, and most rainfall occurs in the spring. Chicago, on the other hand, has summer highs in the mid-80s, and few days will break over 100 degrees. Winter lows in Chicago are most often in the upper 20s, with extreme lows falling below 20 degrees. Located on a Great Lake, Chicago is subject to ‘lake weather:’ frequent cold fronts, and storms in the spring and early summer. Chicago, on average, is at least 10 degrees cooler in the summer compared to Washington D.C., and weather is far more predictable during Chicago’s winter season.

The Sports in Chicago

The city of Chicago has been a center for every major league sports team for almost 200 years. Sports teams in Chicagoland include one of the first major league baseball teams in the country: the Chicago White Socks. The Chicago Bears of the NFL; the Chicago Bulls of the NBA (made famous in the 1990s by Michael Jordan (, and the Chicago Blackhawks, one of the founding members of the NHL, are all sports you can enjoy in the city. Sports are a particular source of pride for Chicago residents, and that is even more evident when considering the huge number of major league teams started in the city. Chicago continues to be a leader in the sports world, and many of the major league Chicago teams constantly rank high in their respective leagues.

Performing Arts in Chicago

Along with the sports and cuisine in the city, Chicago is a major center for the performing arts, and it is largely considered the birthplace of modern improv comedy. Impov was invented at the University of Chicago, and most cities across the globe have several improv comedy groups. Chicago is also one of the few cities in the country to have a professional group in every area of performance –a distinction very few other cities are able to boast, including Washington D.C.! The musical theatre industry in Chicago contributes an estimated 7,500 jobs, and over $635 million to the area locally through ticket sales, and fueling the tourism industry.

Chicago’s City Beautiful Architecture

City Beautiful was a movement started in Chicago after the 1892 World’s Fair. Until this time, most construction and development in American cities was very non-standardized, and very little planning was used in cities. After several construction projects in Chicago to give the city a new face for the fair, several hundred architects and developers came from Europe to the US to help design face lifts to various cities across the nation. During this movement, some of the most beautiful buildings in America were built including: Denver’s State Capitol, the Coral Gables of Miami, and later San Antonio’s Riverwalk. The City Beautiful movement would also affect Washington D.C. The National Mall itself is a brain child of this movement, and without Chicago being a home for innovation and creativeness, perhaps the greatest monument in America’s capitol would have never been built.

Crime in Chicago

Chicago had a murder rate of 18 murders per every 100,000 people as of 2012, making one of the lowest homicide rate cities in the United States, especially much less than cities like New Orleans and Newark. Washington D.C. on the other hand, was nicknamed the ‘murder capitol’ of the country during the 1990s for having the highest rate of homicide and violent crimes in the US. Today, the rate is much lower than it has ever been in D.C.; the city still ranks in the top ten most dangerous cities in the country. Chicago was ranked as the 21st city in the country for homicides and violent crimes in 2012, while certainly high; it is obviously ranked as much safer than D.C.

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Come make your new home in Chicago, IL!

Chicago truly is an amazing city, and a great place to call home. Not only much safer than Washington, Chicago is also famous for its ‘community’ feel of Chicagoland. Not only will have so much more to offer than D.C., Chicago will offer ten times the quality of D.C. Full of community, originality, and innovation, you will love your new home in Chicago. Make the move from Washington D.C. to Chicago, IL –you will not regret it!

Helpful Chicago Resources

City Website

Visitor’s Center

Chamber of Commerce

The service center for Washington, District Of Columbia is located in Manassas, VA
The service center for Chicago, Illinois is located in Des Plaines, IL

Information about Washington, DC

Est. Population: 601723
County: Washington
Latitude: 38.8833
Longitude: -77.0167
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Information about Chicago, IL

Est. Population: 2695598
County: Cook
Latitude: 41.8667
Longitude: -87.6500
Zip Codes: 60601
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