Last summer, I moved to Chicago after living in the suburbs of Connecticut for my entire life. The move was exciting and terrifying, easy and challenging at the same time…
‘The big move’ pretty much encompassed every emotion possible. While I thought it would be incredibly difficult to move away from my family, job, friends, hometown…pretty much everything I had known for my whole life…it was a much easier transition than I anticipated.
In the first few weeks of living here, I found myself surprised by how easy it was to fall into a routine in this new place. I could find my way around the city without issues (thank you, Google maps!) and go pretty much any place I wanted to go. I found new ‘go-to’ places like somewhere to get my hair cut, a nail salon, grocery store, mall, etc. While I had been skeptical about whether or not living in a city was really what was best for me, now I find it hard to imagine why I had been so nervous. Don’t get me wrong – there are things I miss about living in Connecticut – most notably my family and friends. But, I soon found that this place that seemed so vast, different, and new began to feel familiar and routine. Which was nice.
It also helps that living in a city has its own conveniences that, living in the suburbs, I missed out on. Here are, in my opinion, the best ones:
Mostly everything is open late – want to go grocery shopping at 10pm on a Sunday? No problem! Rather than everything closing down at 6pm on Sundays – things stay open late. Although I don’t always take advantage of this, when I do it reminds me how nice it is to have that option. It makes me feel like there are more hours in the day to get done what I need to do. In the suburbs, that is not so much an option – which is something I didn’t even realize I was missing out on until I moved here.
You can get any type of food delivered – while in the suburbs if you wanted take out you were sort of limited to the classic pizza or Chinese. Here, you can get mostly any kind of food delivered no problem. With apps like Door Dash, it is easy to order from almost any restaurant you can think of when you just do not feel like leaving the house.
You don’t have to drive – this one might just be my favorite convenience! While at home it was always a question of who would drive after a night out, here that is never an issue. It is so easy to walk places and to take public transit that there is never a need to drive anywhere.
Walking! – it’s crazy how much more I walk here than in Connecticut. I love being able to walk places – home from work, to the grocery store, to the lake, etc. Of course, given it’s currently winter it’s not the most ideal time for long strolls, I still feel as though I walk way more than I used to. I am obsessed with my FitBit and love finding ways to walk even more.