A move to the Land of Lincoln puts you into the congenial, intelligent atmosphere of the Midwest. The winters may be cold, but they only serve to make the summers that much more enjoyable. Most of central and southern Illinois is home to quiet farmland, but world-class schools, such as the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, add excitement and a dynamic culture to small-town living. If culture is what you seek, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a city as fun as Chicago.
The Windy City
When you think of Illinois, your first thought is most likely Chicago. And why not? On the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago is the cultural center of the Midwest and home to top-quality dining, plentiful events, and unique landmarks. Life in Chicago is similar to the big-city living of New York City, but without the cutthroat attitude and sky-high prices.
Once you arrive, start taking in the sights: explore the Loop—the center of downtown Chicago, catch a Broadway show, ride the Ferris wheel at Navy Pier, admire the paintings at the Art Institute of Chicago, eat a hearty slice of Chicago-style pizza and then cap it all off enjoying the nightlife in bars that stay open until four in the morning.
What to Know Before You Move
When looking for houses for rent in Illinois, read your lease and inspect your potential home thoroughly. Understanding renter rights in Illinois can be a big help if you’re unsure about the regulations in a new state. In general, there is nothing particularly unique to the Illinois renting experience: you can expect to pay a deposit, likely equal to one month’s rent, and if there are any problems with your home, contact your landlord first.
Consider the climate of Illinois if you’re coming from a more temperate area. Be sure you have a heavy winter coat and boots. Especially if you live near Lake Michigan, you can count on a white Christmas. Inclement weather can cause problems flying in and out of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, but the state is well equipped to plow and salt roads quickly.
From young families looking for single family homes, to older couples looking for condos, to everyone in between, the suburbs surrounding Chicago are ideal communities to live in. Shopping in the large malls is easy and relaxing, all the big-city conveniences and stores are present, and you can be sure that there will be more than a few block parties and barbecues in the summer.
All in all, Illinois is a great place to live out the American Dream. Anyone with a true Midwestern attitude will be only too happy to help you out during your search for a studio, house, duplex, or condo to rent.