Before relocating to Chicago it is worth doing some research. Chicago is gaining in popularity, with expats often preferring Chicago to Boston or New York. Chicago is the third largest city and very business-oriented. The city is well known for investing and improving its infrastructure and educational system. This is paying off with some of the worlds largest companies relocating their headquarters to the city. The cost of living in Chicago is higher than the national average but lower than cities such as New York.
Visa requirements when relocating to Chicago
Since 9/11 US policy changes have resulted in much more selective immigration regulations, getting a visa to work is now nowhere near as easy as it was. If you want to work in the US you can apply for several types of visa:
•A H1-B non-immigrant visa is for skilled, educated people working for a sponsoring employer in specific occupations such as maths, engineering, law or
•A H-2B is for temporary non-agricultural workers and is available for foreign workers doing seasonal work where there is a shortage of local workers.
•The J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program for people looking to study, teach or carry out research in the US.
•The green card – this will entitle you to become a permanent resident. You can obtain a green card through a job or job offer, provided there aren’t
enough US workers who can do the job.
•There is also the annual green card lottery; each year 55,000 people win permanent residence
Visa and work permit requirements may change at short notice; it is advisable to contact your respective embassy or consulate for the latest details.
Currency when relocating to Chicago
The US Dollar (USD) divided into 100 cents.
Time difference when relocating to Chicago
Chicago is 6 hour ahead of London
Useful facts when relocating to Chicago
Country: United States of America
Official Language: English, Spanish (south-western states)
Unit of measure: Imperial
Electricity supply: 20 volts, 60Hz. Standard plugs have two flat pins.
Emergency numbers: 911 – this covers police, ambulance and fire services
Travel connections when relocating to Chicago
Airports: Chicago O’Hare International Airport
Train stations: Millennium Station, Chicago Amtrak, Chicago Union Station
Main Road: Chicago Skyway, Dan Ryan Expressway, Kennedy Expressway, Jane Addams Memorial Tollway
Major cities close to Chicago
Property prices when relocating to Chicago
As a general guide you will find property prices are influenced by location and demand. Your choice of location will be influenced by your place of work. Local agents will be the best place to start. The process of buying any type of property or land is strictly regulated. The services of certain
professionals are usually required for the process. The local estate agent should be able to give an estimation of all fees and the property charges the buyer will be responsible for when they become the owner.
Typical property prices in Chicago
Price per square meter in city centre US$1979.59
Price per square meter outside city centre US$1308.42
Typical property rental prices in Chicago
Apartment (one bedroom) in city centre US$951.75 per month
Apartment (two bedrooms) in city centre US$1654.29 per month
Property agents when relocating to Chicago
Root Realty Inc
1710 W Belmont Ave
Owl Management, LLC
3047 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
Krenger Real Estate
644 W Surf St, Chicago, IL 60657 United States
Local government offices when relocating to Chicago
Office of the Mayor
121 N LaSalle Street
Chicago City Hall
Leisure & entertainment when relocating to Chicago
Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 N Clark St
T: +1 312-742-2000
1060 W Addison St
Chicago Art Institute
111 S Michigan Avenue
T: +1 312-443-3600
Restaurants when relocating to Chicago
Chicago Chop House
60 W Ontario St
T: +1 312-787-7100
5316 N Clark St
T: +1 773-506-9990
4662 N Broadway St
Home entertainment & communication when relocating to Chicago
Education when relocating to Chicago
UK Expats will often send their children to the British School of Chicago, which teach the sylabus in English.
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