Expats moving to the Windy City are sure to have queries about their soon-to-be-home. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about Chicago.
I don’t want to send my child to a bad school, but I want to live in the city centre. I’m afraid private school will cost too much. What should I do?
Many schools in Chicago are great; parents just need to do some research to find the best ones and try to enrol their child in one of these. There are also programmes and public schools for gifted students, many of which are among the very best schools in Chicago. Also, some private schools offer financial aid or scholarships, so it's well worth researching.
Chicago is called the 'Windy City', but is it really that windy? Is it going to be cold?
Winter gets downright freezing, but to make up for it summer gets scorching hot. People tend to prefer the spring and autumn for milder climates. For all its reputation as a windy city, the Chicago winds are not too bad. It does stay breezy next to Lake Michigan though.
Am I going to need a car?
Probably – it's not imperative, but it can be inconvenient not to have one. There are great commuter rails from the suburbs to the city centre, and a good subway line in town. Chicago is a huge city and cars are still the easiest way to get around. Parking downtown can be difficult though. Many people drive to the commuter trains.