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Any New Yorkers move to Chicago with your consulting firm? How’s the lifestyle change? Does your money go farther? What do you like? What do you miss? I’m considering...

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Lived in both. Live in NYC now. Chicago is just a step below NYC in about every regard instead of COL. Its still very much a regional city, in my mind. Most people have midwestern roots, by and large. Whereas in NYC you’ll regularly meet people from all over the country and world. From a public transport perspective - CTA is good not great, there are some neighborhoods you just cant get to easily. And the winters are far harsher than in NYC

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I should say that I like Chicago, a lot. But after living in New York I couldnt go back

I am European, so my opinion probably doesn’t count :)
I love both cities. Chicago is more beautiful and has a slower pace. It’s a city of very different neighborhoods and that makes it a bit cozier than NY (people are very supportive) but you still get everything a big city can offer. And the lake is just stunning and the best feature of the city. Tons of activities in summer on the lakefront.., many for free.
But: winters are terrible, crime is high, and the Midwestern passive-aggressive behavior is driving me up the walls. I prefer the NY way of being direct and to know where I stand with people. Also: NY is way more diverse and international. Most people who live in Chicago are from the Midwest, so intellectually, it’s not very stimulating compared to NY.

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Done it. Do it. It’s so much cleaner. And more relaxed.
You’ll miss some NY things but not too bad. The hardest thing for me is I found people to be less direct. It’s harder to tell what people think of you. But everyone’s really nice.

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Respect that

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Chicago in the summer is 👌🏼 👌🏼 👌🏼 but NYC otherwise

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More options for everything in NYC, but quality over quantity in Chicago. As the 3rd largest city in the Us, it’s an amazing place. I will say the diversity in people is a lot greater in NyC

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A1 - totally agree. Sorry I misread your post. I didn’t read the last two words “in NYC” 🤦🏼‍♀️

Matttttttt

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Lived in both. New York is more exciting. But man, I love my apartment in Chicago.

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I’m in that range in Chi. It’s... nice.

I am from NYC and after living in the Midwest, I won’t move back. Everything is easier in Chicago and I have everything I need, relative to NYC. Great food scene, beautiful lake, reliable public transport, and I looove my apartment.

There will always be people who have something to prove, trying to make others feel inferior bc they’re not in NYC. Those are not true New Yorkers. New Yorkers dgaf

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Lived in both, now live in Chicago. Depends what you want out of your experience. Chicago has great bars, great people, plenty of events all year round, museums, good nighlife. Weather is not ideal, Winters are horrible, even Springs are cold. Comparable salaries but COL is lower. I currently live in Downtown, I've got a heated indoors pool, gym, washing machine/dryer in a 1bd and pay just under $2k/month bills included. Pre-COVID, fly mostly anywhere in continental US in less than 4.5 hrs.

The downsides with living in Chicago: pretty intense crime rates in South Chicago, not a lot of options for a weekend roadtrip (MI and WI maybe), protests going on almost every day these days, the mayor is not great, high taxes on alcohol/tobacco.

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Living in my River North 2bd penthouse has always been better than living in my old tiny 1bd in Hell’s Kitchen

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I did it and moved back to New York within a couple years. Less going on in Chicago and harder to stay plugged in with practice leadership. From a professional standpoint, it’s like running a race in a weighted vest.

On a more personal level, Chicago is inferior to New York in all reasonable metrics except for cleanliness, cost of living, and pleasantness of summer. The degree to which it’s inferior varies by dimension, and in some respects it’s close. But you’ll notice it. And if you love New York for the things that make it New York, you’ll likely always be disappointed with Chicago.

Do you guys recommend NYC as a life experience to everyone in general?

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