Moving from Massachusetts to Chicago
Whether you’re moving from Massachusetts to Chicago because you have a new career, want to be closer to family, or just really love the Midwest, the Chicago area has a lot to offer. Chicago is the third-largest city in the U.S. Because it is such a large urban area, it has all the advantages that an expansive, diverse region can provide, both within the city and the surrounding suburbs. At the same time, it is less crowded and less densely packed than New York and Los Angeles, but still has a rich history, culture, top-notch sport teams, and non-stop activities and entertainment for young and old alike. While every place has its good and bad points, here are some of the top reasons to move to the Chicago area:
Sitting in the center of the United States, between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi river, gave Chicago the perfect location to become a large hub for people traveling throughout the United States in its early years, allowing it to grow into the major city it is today. While the waterways have long since been replaced by world-class air, train, and highway systems, Chicago has remained a major center for families and businesses taking advantage of all that Chicago has to offer.
The Housing Market
Chicago is a large city, so housing will be expensive. In spite of this, it is still more affordable than many major urban areas and many of the suburbs offer more affordable options than the city itself. Compared to cities like New York or San Francisco, the Chicago area is a much more affordable option. The cost of living in Chicago is 31% less than Boston.
Chicago is home to 36 Fortune 500 companies. Its total economic output totaled US $770.7 billion in 2020, making it the third largest in the US. Businesses in all industries are bouncing back from the pandemic, but are still having a difficult time hiring enough workers. While this is not great for business, if you are making a move to Chicago, there are plenty of job opportunities.
Chicago has a considerable public transportation system. With a subway system (the L), 8 train lines and 140 bus routes, it is one of those rare cities you can live in without a car. There are also many routes that connect the suburbs to the downtown, which makes the nearby suburbs accessible to the large job market downtown Chicago offers. The system serves 5.5 million people a year and has a 90.7% approval rating.
Chicago has a reputation for rough weather and much has been written about it. This is mostly from people who live in warmer climates though. When compared to Massachusetts weather, you will find it pretty much the same, except Chicago tends to have a little less rain and snow.
The Food Scene:
According to US News, Chicago is #3 in the US as a dining destination. The city has a wide array of excellent restaurants catering to every budget and taste. While it is known for deep dish pizza and the Chicago style hot dog, there are a number of Michelin-starred restaurants and well-known simple eateries serving the finest comfort food available.
World Class Culture
From the Art Institute of Chicago to The Field Museum of Natural History, the city has a number of destination museums that appeal to tourists and residents alike. The Miracle Mile has historical architecture as well as being a famous shopping mecca. Families will enjoy the Lincoln Park Zoo. Chicago has a vibrant theater district with original productions and Tony Award-winning plays on offer year-round.
A Top Sports City
While it may be tempting to stay faithful to your Massachusetts teams, it is well worth the time to check out Chicago’s major sports offerings. With two baseball, hockey, and soccer teams, a football team, and a basketball team, there is always a someone to cheer for.
Just because you are in the middle of the country doesn’t mean you won’t have access to the water. There are 24 beaches in Chicago on the shore of lake Michigan. The entire 28 mile stretch of lakefront shore is primarily a parkland with beaches and activities.
Moving to the Chicago area from Massachusetts with Sterling
Whatever the reason you are moving from Massachusetts to Chicago, the mover you choose will determine your experience. For a smooth, streamlined relocation, the moving and storage professionals at Sterling Corporation can provide all that and more.
We’ve been helping families move all over the country since 1952, and as an agent of North American Van Lines, we have access to a wide array of innovative resources. No matter where you are moving, you can count on us to get your belongings to your new home in the same condition they left your old one.
When you select your professional moving company, you have to be sure it can handle all of your needs. At Sterling, we offer customizable moving solutions to accommodate relocations of any size or scope.
Personalized Attention to your Individual Needs
To provide you with the personalized attention you deserve, we pair you with one of our experienced move coordinators. They are your primary point of contact, so you always know who to call when you have any questions or concerns. Additionally, your move coordinator works closely with you to create a plan tailored to your unique needs. We offer a wide variety of moving services, some of which include:
- Free, In-Home Estimate
- Professional Packing & Unpacking
- Custom Crating for Fine Art, Mirrors, & Antiques
- Online Shipment Tracking
- Comprehensive Valuation Insurance
- Containerized Storage Available
- Debris Removal
As a leading Massachusetts to Chicago moving company, we offer everything you need for a successful move, including storage. We can store your household belongings in secure wooden vaults within our secure, climate-controlled warehouse facilities. Once you’re ready to retrieve your items, we arrange for prompt delivery to your home at your convenience.
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