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Best Place to Live (IL): Chicago

2014-05-16T00:00:00Z 2014-05-16T14:14:32Z Best Place to Live (IL): Chicago nwitimes.com
May 16, 2014 12:00 am

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The City of Chicago is a world-class city which is why so many people, both young and old, choose to call Chicago home. With beautiful parks, events and activities throughout the years like festivals and classes, architecture, affordable living opportunities, ample job opportunities, nightlife, entertainment, shopping, and museums and culture galore, Chicago is a spectacular city in which to live. From bungalow neighborhoods with a rich history, to modern high-rises on the lakeshore, there are homes that meet every desire, and every price range. The median home cost in Chicago is $156,100 and Chicago's cost of living is lower than leading cities including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Boston, and Philadelphia.

Chicago’s fantastic transportation system is another big draw for residents since it is easy to get from home to work. Neighborhoods and shopping areas are conveniently linked by a 3,700-square mile public transit system serving over 660 million passengers annually. And it is easy to welcome visitors with regional and national Amtrak train connections via Union Station and the national and international hubs at O’Hare.

Chicago’s parks are the second most visited in the country, second only to New York’s Central Park. Chicago’s Lincoln Park, which boasts the world-class Lincoln Park Zoo, welcomes 20 million visitors annually. Millennium Park welcomes 4 million visitors annually. Chicago is also home to 10 professional sports teams including the Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Bears, and Chicago Fire. There are 80 miles of public shoreline and 88 vacation beaches, over 200 miles of bikeways including the 18.5-mile public lakefront path, with an additional 500 miles planned in the next seven years, and 5,200 public marina boat slips in the city alone. Chicago is rated one of the top five most walkable cities.

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