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Hi Chicago fish – I’m relocating from the UK next year. Would love any city tips/relocation advice/general advice please 😊 Thanks.

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Chicago is probably one of the best American cities. Very affordable, lots of culture, Food is great, good sports town and for a big city the people are mostly friendly and approachable. Finding work should not be a problem. Good luck on your new adventure!

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Welcome, you’re coming to a terrific city! But if you’re moving in January, you’ll spend a big chunk of time wondering how it could possibly be this cold. Are you looking for work or do you already have a job?

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Ha, thanks! Currently deciding which coat to get. I already have a job lined up – the agency I’m joining has sponsored me.

Are you familiar with the city and have any thoughts on where to go or are you coming in blind?

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I think I’m going for River North for the 1st year to get my bearings – then maybe live elsewhere?

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Invest in good winter boots. Also, I’d see if you can start with a month-to-month lease so that way you can spend some time getting to check out the different neighborhoods before locking yourself into a yearlong lease

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BUY A GOOD COAT.
That’s all the advice you need. Like any big city, you’ll have fun exploring, finding good restaurants, live music, art, diverse cultural events.....but you won’t want to do any of that in freeze-your-face-off weather with out a good coat.
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There’s lots of opinions about “Good Coats” and for me personally, the brand name isn’t crucial nor breaking the bank BUT a good 600 to 800 Down coat does the trick. My friend has a Canada Goose which cost him $1,200 and has 900 Down and I have an Eddie Bauer with 800 Down that cost me $350. You can’t tell the functional difference. Just different looks and the price tag. There’s tons of options like Columbia, Northface, Patagonia, etc.
For some context, I moved to Chicago from NYC in mid December and buying a good parka is the best advice I got.
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I’m sure other fishies can give you more coat recos. Good luck!

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Knowing what’s good and what’s not as far as coats can be overwhelming for an outsider. Also, everyone has an opinion about it. There’s Eddie Bauer, North Face and Columbia stores on Michigan Ave. Just walk in there and ask a salesperson. Just say, “Hey, I’m not familiar with this weather and I have no idea what I should get”. They’ll point you in the right direction and walk you through options.

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