It's time to go beyond the stereotypes - that Chicago is full of Bears and Cubs who have the distinctive accent, we all hate ketchup (at least on our hot dogs) and we subsist on Italian beefs and deep dish pizza. Chicago has many wonderful idiosyncrasies that newcomers simply aren't aware of until they live there for a while.
So our Chicago real estate team has put together a list of the many unique aspects of Chicago that newcomers should definitely - it's the inside scoop from the city's leading experts on things Windy City lifestyle and real estate. Several of these will be especially helpful to new residents of our downtown Chicago condos!
Here are eight things newly minted Chicagoans should definitely know...
1. It is much cleaner than most large cities, especially compared to New York and LA. Our alleyways help a lot - there's no garbage pickup on the streets.
2. The Pedway is your best friend in the winter if you live and work in the Loop - the key is minimizing the time you actually spend outside on your commute and errands in the winter.
3. It will snow. It will snow a lot. You will get used to it, but you (and everyone else) will still complain, even lifelong residents.
4. Chicagoans are obsessed with good food, from haute cuisine to local specialties and unique ethnic foods. Our Chinese and Mexican foods are especially great, but don't forget about Indian on Devon and Vietnamese on Argyle. Embrace it all! Don't forget about the farmer's markets in the summer as well. Also, Chicago has equally excellent thin-crust pizza - deep dish isn't the only option. Just don't order ketchup on your Chicago dog.
5. The city is obsessed with outdoor patios/outdoor drinking and dining spaces in general, whether they are at restaurants or your own balcony. The summer is short, so we have to make the most of it! There's nothing like #summertimechi.
6. People call Lake Michigan the Lake, the Chicago River the River, and Lakeshore Drive LSD. And they also refer to the freeways by their names (e.g. the Kennedy, the Eisenhower, etc.) rather than by their numbers.
7. The skyline will never cease to stun you, even once you've lived here for years. Pictures don't do it justice.
8. People are friendlier here! It is that Midwest openness and hospitality. Most people are willing to chat with strangers (within reason) and help out if you need directions, etc. It is perhaps one of the things that makes living in this city the best!
Long-term residents, what did you wish you knew before you moved to Chicago?
Planning on moving to the Second City yourself? Check out our available real estate listings or contact us to discover more wonderful things about living in Chicago.