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Expat Guide to Living in Chicago

Whether you're already living in Chicago or preparing to move to Chicago, our Expat Guide to Living in United States offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in Chicago. For answers to specific questions, visit our United States Forum to talk with expats in Chicago.

Culture Shock Report

Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in Chicago handle it can be very comforting. Help others preparing to move to Chicago by filling out our Culture Shock Report.

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Living Overseas Report

What are people's priorities in Chicago - work? family? socializing? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Help other expats and people moving to Chicago by filling out our Living Overseas Report.

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Moving Overseas Report

What should you take with you when you move to Chicago? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Chicago? Help others moving to Chicago by filling out our Moving Overseas Report.

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International School Report

Parents are invited to answer questions about the schools that their kids attend (Pre-K through High School) in hopes of helping others moving to Chicago with the school selection process. If you have expat children who attend school in Chicago, take a few minutes to submit a School Review.

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Dream vs. Reality Report

Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Chicago. If you are already living in Chicago, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not by filling out our Dream vs. Reality Report.

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Overseas Retirement Report

Retiring abroad can be a great option for retirees seeking their dream lifestyle at an affordable price. Help other retirees, who are thinking about retiring in Chicago by filling out our Overseas Retirement report.

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Having a Baby Abroad Report

How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in Chicago? Help other expats who are preparing to have a baby in Chicago by filling out our Having a Baby Abroad Report.

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Working Abroad Report

What's it like to find a job in Chicago? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Chicago? Help others following in your footsteps by filling out our Working Abroad Report.

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Culture-Shock-in-Northern-VirginiaAn Expat Talks about Culture Shock & Living in Northern Virginia, United States

Be as open and as friendly as you can be. You may find friends that are a different age or nationality from those you had at home. Treat yourself to the odd magazine or candy from your home country and skype.

Be as open and as friendly as you can be. You may find friends that are a different age or nationality from those you had at home. Treat yourself to the odd magazine or candy from your home country an...

Living-in-ChristianstedAn Expat Discusses Living in Christiansted, United States

An expat talks about life in Christiansted, St. Croix following Hurricane Maria in September of 2017. The oil refinery closed, tourism was down and jobs were hard to come by. But, the situation is improving since refinery has reopened and there are reconstruction jobs. She wouldn't advise someone to move to St. Croix right now unless they don't need to work.

An expat talks about life in Christiansted, St. Croix following Hurricane Maria in September of 2017. The oil refinery closed, tourism was down and jobs were hard to come by. But, the situation is i...

French Schools in New York

Are you a Francophone moving to NYC? This article offers an extensive list of French schools in NYC with addresses, maps and accreditation information from the French Consulate General. The list covers all ages ranges from French nursery schools through French high schools in New York City. In addition to private French schools in the NYC area, this article covers all of the NYC public schools with French dual language programs (DLP) and several well-known French schools in suburban New York and New Jersey.

Are you a Francophone moving to NYC? This article offers an extensive list of French schools in NYC with addresses, maps and accreditation information from the French Consulate General. The list cov...

10 Best Places to Live in New York City

Expats moving to New York City often find it daunting figuring out where to live in. Here are 10 of the best options available in the five boroughs.

Expats moving to New York City often find it daunting figuring out where to live in. Here are 10 of the best options available in the five boroughs....

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