Chicago: Second City Becomes World-Class City in Entertainment, Dining and Real Estate

For the past 35 years, I’ve never felt more at home, and I here are a few ways that Chicago has moved from a small hometown to a world-class place to live.

Chicago Real Estate

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I have a bit of a confession to make: I am originally from New York.

I moved to Chicago for a job more than 35 years ago and haven’t looked back since. When I first hung my hat here in the Second City, it was clear that there was no other place in the world like it—not something you’ll hear many New Yorkers admit (though I contend they just haven’t properly experienced everything Chicago has to offer). In fact, I found other parts of the country to be substandard when compared to Chicago’s theater and art, architecture and design and restaurants—you can even find some of the best steaks around right here in Chicago.
For the past 35 years, I’ve never felt more at home, and I wanted to share a few ways that Chicago has moved from a small hometown to a world-class place to live:

Chicago real estate
It’s no surprise that I find real estate in Chicago to be one of the city’s assets. The cost per square foot to live in a Chicago condo or home is just a fraction of what you’d pay in New York City, San Francisco, D.C., and other major cities. Buyers can even get into the most prestigious luxury real estate buildings and the most anticipated Chicago new construction projects for $750 to $1,200 per square foot. Many business people, CEOs and executives around the world have caught on to Chicago’s allure, helping it to become a very international city.

The ease of relocating to Chicago
The internationality that makes up Chicago has made it a comfortable place to relocate to for anyone coming from across the globe, as well as those looking to relocate from other parts of the U.S. A walk down Michigan Avenue will reveal the numerous languages being spoken, and different sections and neighborhoods of Chicago offer a rich experience of many different cultures. Just this year, Chicago ranked #6 among other global cities London, Tokyo, Paris and Hong Kong, showing how much influence the city has beyond itself. The affordability compared to other U.S. cities makes it a viable option for executives looking for a large city, and our two accessible airports make life easy for those who travel often.

A new survey yesterday found Chicago to be one of the most walker friendly cities in the United States, ranking 5th behind San Francisco, Boston, New York and Philadelphia. Plus with bike-friendly areas, public transportation and many driver services, getting around town is never an issue for Chicago residents or visitors. Many Chicago condos are right in the heart of everything you need, such as groceries, dining, theater, and shopping. Neighborhoods like Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Lakeview (and others) offer Chicago real estate options that put these necessities practically right outside your front door.

Chicago’s fine entertainment, shopping and dining

Chicago Theatre

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Since you know there’s no problem getting there, there’s no excuse not to relish the entertainment scene Chicago offers—first-rate restaurants, high fashion, art, and home-grown theater talent that has gone far beyond they city itself. Second City has bred many talented comedians, from Bill Murray to Tina Fey and several new cast members on this season’s Saturday Night Live. The Steppenwolf Theatre Company has become the nation’s premiere theatre ensemble, with accolades that include 9 Tony Awards. For shopping, Michigan Avenue, Oak and Rush streets offer chic designer shopping from Chanel, David Yurman, Hermes, and Prada. And just about all Chicago neighborhoods put residents near at least one of the city’s upscale restaurants that have received national acclaim.

All of these factors made Chicago a very welcoming place for this New Yorker-turned-Chicagoan 35 long years ago. I have no doubt that the city will continue to thrive and greet new residents from all over the world. If you’d like to learn more about Chicago real estate and why the city is one of the best in the world, contact agent Sheldon Salnick at (312) 498-5080 or by email at