The Ultimate Moving to Chicago from New York Guide

April 25, 2020 | By Lauren Bozarth
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Moving from the Big Apple to the Windy City? 

While both large cities offer comparable living experiences, it’s useful to get a feel for Chicago before making a move. 

To help prepare for the transition, the Luxury Living team has compiled the ultimate moving to Chicago from New York Guide.

Best Places for Shopping in Chicago

New York may boast some world-renowned shopping, but so does Chi-Town.

People all over the world have come to appreciate the impressive shopping along the historic Magnificent Mile, ‘Mag Mile’ for short.’ This 13 mile stretch of Michigan Avenue houses nearly 500 stores. 

Michigan Avenue’s premier shopping district is comparable to New York’s Fifth Avenue. Some of the same notable brands have set up shop along this commercial strip. 

You can find some of the largest department stores in the world, including Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Nordstrom. Gucci, Giorgio Armani, and Hermes are just a few of the many designer label stores.

A few blocks north of the Mag Mile, you can find even more designer shops in the upscale Gold Coast neighborhood. Oak Street district is known as a haven for couture.

If you’re interested in shopping off the beaten path, check out some of the incredible neighborhood boutiques. 

The charming Lincoln Park neighborhood happens to be home to some of the most adorable local shops, many concentrated along Armitage avenue.

Best Places for Food and Coffee

When saying goodbye to New York, you can rest assured that you won’t have to give up good bites, quality coffee, and social activities in Chicago.

Over recent years, the trendy West Loop neighborhood has gained a notable reputation for its incredible eateries. 

Stroll along Randolph Street, known as ‘Restaurant Row’, to find some of the tastiest and top-rated spots to dine, including Michelin-rated Girl and the Goat and Au Cheval, known for the best burger in the city.

West Loop coffee shops have gained attention for their delicious drinks and funky vibes. Be sure to stop by Sawada and Limitless.

The Wicker Park neighborhood is also known as a hotspot for hip restaurants and unique coffee shops. We highly recommended enjoying tacos on the Big Star patio or sipping on a cup of joe at the Wormhole.

Best Places for Entertainment in Chicago

You’ll never have to worry about running out of entertainment in the Windy City.

Check out a live performance at one of the many venues, including the Chicago Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre, or House of Blues.

Break out your creative side at one of the impressive art galleries sprinkled throughout River North.

When the weather cooperates, make it a priority to take advantage of Millennium Park or Lincoln Park. Both outdoor spaces offer unique outdoor activities, including ice skating, golfing, and even a free public zoo.

If you’re a sports fan, and willing to cheer on a Chicago team, catch a ballgame at the infamous Wrigley Field or watch the Bears play at Soldier Field.

With the ultimate moving to Chicago from New York Guide, we hope that you feel more prepared and excited for the big change. If you have further questions or still need to secure a property, connect with one of our experienced brokers today!

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