One of the many reasons our real estate team loves living in the Windy City is how it transforms into a winter wonderland surrounded by a beautiful lake and dazzling architecture highlighted by winter sun, snow, and holiday lights. And while spending a holiday vacation in Chicago can be wonderful, there's nothing like experiencing from the perspective of a resident. Here are our top ten reasons why you should be living in Chicago by Christmas 2016.
1. The city is filled with holiday lights. From the Festival of Lights parade to the many neighborhoods and homes decorated with all manner of colorful glittering lights, you'll feel like you walked into a magical, festive city where you have no choice but to be happy and celebrate.
2. Holiday markets abound. With the Randolph Street Market, the German Christkindlmarkt, the Irish Christmas Market, the One of a Kind show at the Merchandise Mart, and many other fairs and holiday markets, you'll be able to find lots of gifts that are unique, handmade, and local to Chicago.
3. The Magnificent Mile has (nearly) everything you could want. If local markets just aren't your thing, Michigan Avenue and the nearby State Street and Oak Street shopping districts have nearly every major international retailer, from Nike to Zara to Apple to high end stores like Chanel and Burberry. Plus there are several leading department stores including the famous former-Marshall Fields (we refuse to call it Macy's).
4. Whatever your holiday meal traditions are, we have a restaurant for you. From authentic versions of nearly every ethnic cuisine out there to high end dining, there's a place to celebrate with friends and family however you wish. Even if you prefer a cozy cafe or corner dive!
5. Or you can find supplies for cooking at home at one of our many specialty shops. Do you have family holiday cooking traditions? We've got the ingredients and other supplies for you thanks to the wide variety of specialty and ethnic food shops - and if they don't have it, they'll help you find it or order.
6. Ice skating outside? Don't mind if we do. While you can skate year-round indoors in the Chicago area, there's nothing like lacing up your skates and circling the ice with the skyline in the background at Millennium Park, the Maggie Daley ice skating ribbon, the Wicker Park rink, or the Lincoln Park Zoo's rink.
7. Winter sports are close by. The ability to go down-hill skiing, snow-boarding, snowmobiling, ice-fishing, sledding, cross-country skiing, and more only a short drive away from the Chicagoland area. Just pick what you want to do and head to Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, or other parts of Illinois.
8. Or get away from the cold quickly. If you must escape the cold for a brief interlude, warmer parts of the country like Florida, Texas, and the Southwest are only a short flight away, and so is the Caribbean and Mexico.
9. Holiday cheer from your fellow Chicagoans. Maybe it is the Midwest hospitality, or maybe we all band together against the cold, or maybe it really is just the most wonderful time of the year, but it seems like everyone in the city is an excellent mood during the holiday season.
10. There's no place like home. Sitting in your warm house or condo, watching the snow fall, and admiring the beauty of the city you are lucky enough to call home is a Christmas gift in and of itself.
Interested in finding a Chicago condo or home of your own? Get in touch with our real estate agents today, and happy holidays!