There are so many reasons to move to Chicago, whether you love the dining scene or can’t wait to get caught up on Chicago arts— there’s a space for everyone in this city. A move to a big city can already be daunting, but especially so if you are making the transition alone. Luckily, we’ve created a guide on how to make the best of your solo experience in Chicago— from how to meet people to best transportation methods. Read on for all of our local tips for moving to Chicago alone!
If you’re interested in relocating to Chicago, don’t add more stress to the move by spending hours of your precious time apartment hunting.
Contact AptAmigo and we’ll set you up with your own personal apartment expert who will provide local insight, insider knowledge, and accurate information on all the best apartments in Chicago. Even if you’re moving alone, you don’t have to be alone on your apartment search.
Tips for Moving to Chicago
Tons of New Activities
When moving to Chicago alone, you’ll want to set aside time to explore all of Chicago’s main attractions. Don’t sweat looking like a tourist; it’s not touristy if you live here! Plan frequent walks through Millennium Park— it’s beautiful any time of the year.
Go take a selfie in the reflection of the Cloud Gate (more commonly known as the Bean) and soak in all the wonder of the city! Plus, now that you’re a Chicagoan, you can finally join the citywide debate over who has the best deep-dish pizza: Lou Malnati’s or Pequod’s. Let us know what you decide!
Or, if you’re in the mood to treat yourself, you can explore some of the city’s world-renowned dining options. Enjoy Gibson’s Bar and Steakhouse’s melt-in-your-mouth lobster bisque while overlooking the Chicago River, or maybe the roasted rack of lamb at the Signature Room at the 95th, located 95 floors above the city. We don’t think there’s anything better than a sparkling glass of champagne and Michelin star quality food while watching the sun set over Chicago’s skyline.
If you’re in the mood to wander, check out our top picks of the best street art in Chicago (which, thankfully, you can view safely while complying with social distancing guidelines during COVID-19!)
Related: Find out which Chicago neighborhood is the perfect fit for you with our Ultimate Chicago Neighborhood Guide.
See our guide to what Chicago is known for. Then, if you’ve never been to Chicago, read our guide to planning your first visit.
Lots of New Faces
While we know that moving to a new city can be a little intimidating, you don’t have to worry about feeling alone once you move to Chicago. With over 8.8 million smiling faces and plenty of Midwestern friendliness, there are so many opportunities to expand your interests and make new friends along the way.
Whether you’re a beginner who is curious about kickboxing, or a distinguished karaoke master, there is a space for every interest. You can join jogging groups, weekly trivia nights, axe-throwing classes, dance clubs, female-only self defense classes, or cross fit.
If volunteering is more your style, there are plenty of opportunities to give back to the amazing community that you’ve become a part of! Help out man’s best friend at One Tail At A Time Dog Rescue, or show off your cooking skills at Restaurant: Impossible. Chicago is a city of active and social people, and there are hundreds of ways to get involved!
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How to Get Around
Once you move to Chicago you won’t need a car. Parking is tricky to find and can often be expensive. But don’t worry, public transportation is consistent and easy to come by. Between the trains and the buses, you will always have a way to get where you want to go. (Read more insider tips on living in Chicago.)
If you are inclined to a more physically engaging mode of transportation, you’ll be happy to know that Chicago is a very bike-friendly city! Aside from having the Lakefront bike path that stretches 19 miles north to south, most major streets have bike lanes to accommodate cyclers. If you don’t want to purchase and store a bike of your own, Divvy bikes are a quick and affordable hourly rental option. With docking stations located all over the city, you can easily locate a bike, then just as easily park it and dash without having to worry about locking it up.
Spectacular Views of The City
Between Lake Michigan lining the city to the east and striking high rises throughout, it’s hard to keep your eyes off of Chicago. There are several places throughout the city that offer spectacular views. Take a trip up to the Skydeck at Willis Tower for a breathtaking panoramic view of downtown. Or, if you want the sights plus a refreshing cocktail, check out one of the many rooftop bars. Look out over Millennium Park in the open-air terrace at Cindy’s while sipping an old fashioned, and then hop down to the Z Bar and look over Michigan Avenue with a whiskey sour in hand.
Pretty soon, you’ll wish you could have this view all the time. And the good news is, you can! Many of Chicago’s luxury apartments offer floor-to-ceiling views of this amazing city, giving you the chance to soak in your fantastic decision to move here every day of the year.
Of course, moving to Chicago will be an adjustment. But you don’t have to add the stress of apartment hunting to your list. Reach out to AptAmigo and get your own personal apartment expert who will make your move completely stress-free. Just brief us on your preferences, and our team of local experts will do the hunting for you, schedule a full day of tours and even cover your Ubers/Lyfts on tour day. Click below to submit your information, and your personal Chicago apartment expert will be in touch ASAP!
Rebecca is a freelance writer with eight years of journalism experience. She recently graduated with a BA in Communications and a minor in journalism. She currently bartends in downtown Chicago and spends her free time exploring the city and making connections.