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Chicago, the United States

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on May 08, 2023

Summary: The population of Chicago, IL is estimated to be around 2.7 million people. People love living in Chicago for its vibrant culture, diverse neighborhoods, and world-class attractions. There are plenty of activities for residents in Chicago, from visiting the city's many museums and galleries to exploring its many parks and beaches. The weather in Chicago is generally mild, with hot summers and cold winters. The average cost of living for a family in Chicago is around $3,500 per month. The cost of a three bedroom home in Chicago is around $300,000, while a four bedroom home can cost up to $500,000. The best neighborhoods to live in Chicago depend on your budget and lifestyle. Popular neighborhoods include Lincoln Park, Lakeview, and Wicker Park. These neighborhoods offer a variety of amenities, including great restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. They also tend to be more affordable than other neighborhoods in the city.

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When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Chicago, they said:

"Before retiring in Chicago, expats should be aware of the cost of living, which is higher than the national average. They should also research the different neighborhoods to find the one that best suits their needs and budget. Additionally, expats should familiarize themselves with the local climate, which can be cold and snowy in the winter months. It is also important to research the healthcare system and the availability of medical services in the area. Finally, expats should consider the cultural and recreational activities available in the city, as well as the public transportation options," wrote one member in Chicago.

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Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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