Chicago, Illinois 

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Best Places to Live in Chicago, Illinois

National center - Northeastern Illinois along Lake Michigan
-Economic and cultural diversity
-Arts and culture
-Historic interest and preservation
-Harsh climate
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-Violent crime

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What Bert Has To Say About Chicago-Naperville-Elgin Metro Area

A world-class commercial, industrial and cultural city, Chicago functions as is a major national center and as the major regional center for America’s heartland. It originally emerged as a transport center for cargo headed west and agricultural products headed east by land and water. Although transportation technology has changed, the role has not. The city is the most important passenger and freight transport hub in the country with the largest number of air departures and the most rail traffic in the nation. The commercial and manufacturing economy stands out both for its size and diversity. Over 30 Fortune 500 companies in an assortment of industries have headquarters here. Factories and warehouses extend for miles from the downtown area. Chicago is also a major center for small manufacturing and business. There is probably no more diverse an economy in the country.


City: Chicago
Zip Codes: 60629, 60618, 60639, 60632, 60623, 60647, 60617, 60608, 60625, 60634, 56 total
Time zone: Central Standard Time (CST)
Elevation: 623 ft above sea level


The unemployment rate in Chicago is 6.8% (U.S. avg. is 5.2%). Recent job growth is Positive. Chicago jobs have increased by 1.39%. Learn More...
Compared to the rest of the country, Chicago's cost of living is 17.80% higher than the U.S. average. Learn More... or Compare Chicago's Cost of Living
Chicago's population is 2,720,550 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -2.27%. Learn More...
Average Commute time is 20 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes. Learn More...
The median home cost in Chicago is $225,500. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been 3.47%. Check out the homes in the area.
Chicago public schools spend $14,559 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 17 students per teacher in Chicago. Learn More...

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Housing Market in Chicago

It's a good time to buy in Chicago. Home Appreciation is up 3.5% in the last 12 months. Browse Chicago Real Estate.

The median home price in Chicago is $225,500. Browse Homes in this Range.

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Reviews for Chicago   251 Reviews
Low quality of life. City & state broken. - 10/10/2018
I was unfortunate enough to live in Chicago for several years. First of all the weather is horrible. People know the winter is bad but the summer is the worst season,... Read More

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Sweet home Chicago. - 8/11/2018
I’ve lived in several major cities and although Chicago is far from perfect, I will always love it there. I highly recommend living here/visiting here. Culture, history,... Read More

Most corrupt city in the USA - 6/22/2018
The city is loosing people everyday. The taxes will eat you up alive. The crime rate is out of control. It's safer in Iraq. Winters are long and dreary. Little if any... Read More

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60629, 60618, 60639, 60632, 60623, 60647, 60617, 60608, 60625, 60634, 56 total
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