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Cross Country Moving Company’s Guide to Chicago

Are you thinking about moving cross country? Perhaps you already know where you want to move? Let us guess – Chicago? Even if we guessed wrong, by the time you finish reading this article, we bet you will be packing your bags and moving to the Windy City. Without further ado, here are some of the many reasons why you should consider relocating here.

The People of Chicago

The population of Chicago is very diverse. Around 45 per cent of Chicago’s residents are white, while one third of them are African Americans. People of Hispanic or Latino descent make up for a little less than thirty per cent of the population, while 5 per cent of them are Asian. Chicago also boasts the third largest LGBT population in the United States. Around 4 per cent of the city’s population identifies as belonging to the LGBT community.
When it comes to religion, around 71 per cent of the population identifies as Christian, while around twenty two per cent claim to belong to no religion. The other seven per cent belong to other religious groups, including Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, and Hindu.

No matter where you come from, what you believe in, who you love, or what your background story is, Chicago is a city that will welcome you with arms wide open. Keep that in mind while packing for your relocation.

The Weather in Chicago

The city of Chicago belongs to the humid continental climate zone. It has four distinct seasons. Its summers are quite warm and pretty humid. Average temperatures in July revolve around 75 degrees, with around twenty days experiencing temperatures over 90 degrees. Thunderstorms are relatively common during spring and summer months.
Chicago is known for having cold winters, and rightfully so. The average January high is still below freezing point. There is a lot of snow, so prepare to shovel once you move here. The official lowest temperature ever recorded in Chicago was -27 degrees back in 1985.
If you feel like the snow might be a good reason to reconsider moving to Chicago, don’t worry. The city offers numerous winter activities to help you fight the cold. Some of the most fun activities include:
- Chicago Holiday Sightseeing Tour. Each year during holiday season, the Big Bus offers a hop-on hop-off tour of the city that allows you to experience Christmas in Chicago in a whole new way.
- The Field Museum . This is one of the rare museums in the country that offers season-specific events, such as exploring how plants and animals prepare for winter temperatures. It can be a fun family activity, as both kids and adults are bound to enjoy it.
- Brookfield Zoo . The Chicago Zoological Society also offers holiday-specific events, such as the Polar Lights Show.
- The Maggie Daley Park . If you have never tried ice skating – now is the time and the place to do so! The ice skating rink also offers magnificent views of the city’s skyline, which makes it a unique experience and a romantic date-night option.
- Donut Fest . This might not be exactly a winter activity, but it is held during the winter and it’s absolutely delicious. If you have a sweet tooth, you don’t want to miss out on this festival.
To find more ideas for fun things to do in Chicago during the cold winter days, click here . However, don’t expect a day off of work just because it is snowing.

Chicago Neighborhoods

Now that you know a little bit more about Chicago, it is time to find the perfect neighborhood for yourself. In order to make that task a little easier, we at Cross Country Moving Company have decided to shortlist the best neighborhoods to live in. These neighborhoods include:
- Near North Side. Technically, this area is comprised of a number of smaller neighborhoods. However, the whole area is characterized by a high living standard. Probably even the highest in the city. While the prices are not exactly low, in the case of New North Side, you know exactly what you are paying for. The area is home to numerous museums, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater , and countless restaurants.
- Lincoln Park. Costs of living in this neighborhood are also pretty high, but the area is absolutely breathtaking. There is plenty of parks, opportunities for outdoor activities, as well a nature museum, and a zoo. It is also home to countless bars and nightclubs.
- Near South Side. A little more affordable, and also a little further from the downtown area of Chicago, this neighborhood offers countless condos for you to choose from. It has low crime rates as well as awesome outdoor venues.
- West Town. Perfect for artists and creative youth, this neighborhood’s real estate prices are growing, but at this point, it is still relatively affordable. It also has very low crime rates.
- North Center. This area is the perfect one for raising children. It is home to excellent schools, and it also has one of the highest graduation rates in the country. It has low crime rates and is home to a bunch of shops, restaurants, and bars. It also hosts Ribfest Chicago , a festival dedicated to ribs.
Are you ready to move to Chicago? If so, contact Cross Country Moving Company representatives today to get the best moving price estimates and ask for any additional moving tips. Do you need car shipping services or storage? Don’t worry, Cross Country Moving Company offers a variety of services, including regular and enclosed auto transport, professional packing services, providing moving boxes and other moving supplies, and storage. For more information, contact our representatives.

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Cross Country Long Distance Movers are one of the top rated moving companies in the United States. If you are relocating to or from Chicago and are looking for reliable relocation services, then Cross Country Movers will be glad to help. We have an exceptional reputation for providing the best services possible and aim to give you a stress-free, safe and impeccable move.
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We offer affordable cross country moving prices that depend on several factors. These include the size of your home or business, the number of items being moved, and the location of your destination. With Cross Country Movers, you won’t have to worry about any hidden fees and charges. We will provide you with a flat price estimate depending on your exact inventory.
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Areas Serviced by Cross Country Moving Company
Albany Park , Andersonville,  Avondale, Beverly, Boystown, Bridgeport, Bronzeville, Chinatown, Edgewater, Gold Coast,  Humboldt Park, Hyde Park, Irving Park, Jefferson Park, Kenwood, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Lincoln Square, Little Italy & University Village, Little Village, Logan Square Loop, Magnificent Mile, North Center,  North Park,  Old Town, Pilsen, Portage Park, Pullman, River North, Rogers Park, Roscoe Village,  South Loop, South Shore, Streeterville,  Uptown, West Loop, West Ridge, West Town, Wicker Park / Bucktown, Wrigleyville