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NYC vs Chicago - considering moving out of NYC (obvious reasons :-)), though we love the city and like diversity and energy for our kids to grow up (no suburbs). Any thoughts/experience on Chicago?

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Spent a couple of years in NYC. Live in Chicago with a kid. Love it. Check out Lincoln Park or Lakeview. Good diverse schools (and there are of course private options too), next to the lake with parks and trails and beaches, good restaurants, public transportation is decent (not NYC by good in the city), lots of activities - outside and cultural, so much cheaper, people are a bit more relaxed. Honestly the only thing I don’t like is 2 extra months of winter, but it’s not as crazy as upstate NY.

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Agree with everything above. Live in the same neighborhood with a 4.5 month old and loving it. Access to lake, several parks close by, grocery stories, local boutique, day cares, Personal care options all walkable or short drive or 5 to 10 minute Uber drive . There a free zoo as well. Don’t plan to move out anytime soon.

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Chicago is great. Cool city, lots to do, and way better cost of living. Only downside for me is that we really like hiking and this is not the part of the country for that (so flat)

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Thanks, this confirms our thinking. Now we just need to decide neighbourhood and buy or rent. Rent seems logical but we are craving to buy and build our own home (ideally large apt with lake view)

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OP would be happy to connect if you need recommendations!

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We have no family in either city, so we are ‘on our own’ using daycares and sitters etc. Just not very familiar with Chicago (apart from cold winters!) but seems could be more affordable and convenient option...

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