Chicago is one of the most exciting cities to live in. There's plenty to do and see in your free time, but it helps to have an idea of what Chicago is like. The following resources aim to help you manage your life in Chicago, as well as exploring your city. As always, don't just rely on what people on the internet tell you, ask the people who know Chicago best! Reach out to the corps members who live here already, your coaches, and the locals. Chicagoans love talking about Chicago (like literally) so they'll be happy to tell you about their favorite things to do.
Living in Chicago
Finding a place to live
Chicago is full of vibrant communities and neighborhoods, each having its own identity. When thinking about where to live, there's so many to choose from! Check out this basic guide to many (but certainly not all) of Chicago's neighborhoods. When thinking about which neighborhood to live in, important questions to ask include "what's the access to public transportation?", "how will living here affect my travel to work?", "do I see myself enjoying this community and becoming an engaged citizen?"
Now how do you find a place to live in Chicago? Luckily the internet is here to help! It definitely helps to explore the city and places that interest you to determine areas you might want to live in. When you have a general idea of where you want to live, follow these handy tips on what the real estate game looks like in Chicago.
getting around chicago
Chicago is a massive city! Chicago Transit Authority is the 2nd largest public transportation system in the country! The are trains (known as the El for its elevated cars), buses, cabs, ride shares, biking, water taxis, so many! This is a quick guide on getting around Chicago in a variety of ways, including different parking apps you can use.
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what to do in chicago
There's literally so much to do it can never all be done. But that's not to say that people haven't tried. Timeout Chicago has put together a list of 31 Things to Do in Chicago that gives a wide range of activities throughout different neighborhoods in the city. There are of course your favorite tourist stops, but it also includes local gems that you should check out. For some more obscure things to do, check out Atlas Obscura's All Places in Chicago list. It's quirky and fun! Finally, you get to live in Chicago during the best time of the year...SUMMER! The weather is gorgeous and everyone is outside. Check out some of Chicago's summer festivals to get a true taste of the city.
Where to eat in chicago
Chicago has some of the best food in the world. Period. The best places to eat are where you get to check out local cuisines and specialties. If you're a foodie, you'll love checking out some of Chicago's most popular food guides, such as Infatuation and Eater Chicago.
Learn about chicago’s past & its traditions
Listen to local Chicago Podcast, Curious City, to learn more about Chicago’s past and some of its traditions. Episodes are 15 minutes or less and the perfect way to get to know the city!
Tools and tips for adulting- chicago edition