City Living: Chicago, IL

Chicago bean

Planning a move to Chicago? Prepare to be blown away by everything the Windy City has to offer. The third-largest city in the United States boasts an enormous selection of live shows, thrilling nightlife and – of course – jaw-dropping views.

Sports fans, fashionistas, foodies and art enthusiasts alike are guaranteed to be impressed and inspired by Chicago’s myriad attractions and entertainment destinations. Whether you’re taking up residence at Xavier, Eight O Five LaSalle, 1225 Old Town or any other Greystar community in Chicago, you’ll see why this thriving metropolis so undeniably unique!

A hub of art, history and science

No matter what makes you tick, Chicago has a museum or gallery that will keep you entertained for hours on end. Creative minds (and fans of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) can marvel at world-famous masterpieces at the Art Institute of Chicago, and classical music devotees will enjoy a performance at the renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Science geeks will be scintillated by the Museum of Science and Industry, and history buffs will fall in love with the sprawling Field Museum. If you’re a certified animal lover, look no further than Shedd Aquarium and the free Lincoln Park Zoo.

Inspiring views, intriguing shops

There’s nothing more exhilarating than taking in the bright lights and towering skyscrapers of a big city. Chicago’s Millennium Park, home of the famous Cloud Gate sculpture, is an absolute must-see, and the 360 CHICAGO observation deck and Willis Tower Skydeck are fantastic vantage points for panoramic cityscape views. Residents who prefer to stay on solid ground can explore the scenic Chicago Lakefront Trail, which spans 18 miles along the coast of Lake Michigan.

In the mood for some retail therapy while you’re out and about? You’re in luck! Chicago is brimming with eclectic boutiques and designer shops. The Magnificent Mile, an upscale section of Michigan Avenue, features everything from luxury department stores to specialty jewelry purveyors. Visit Oak Street for swanky apparel and lavish spa treatments, and stop by the Daley Plaza Farmers Market for everything you need to make a mouthwatering dinner from scratch.

A sports fan’s utopia

Regardless of which sport you’ve got a passion for, Chicago is no stranger to the love of the game. See a Cubs game at the illustrious Wrigley Field, or cheer for the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. United Center is home to the Bulls and Blackhawks, and the Bears play at Soldier Field, the oldest NFL stadium in history. If you’re a soccer fan, swing by Toyota Park to see the Chicago Fire, which boasts one of the most fervent fan bases in Major League Soccer.

Irresistible dining and nightlife

It’s easy to work up an appetite exploring Chicago’s countless cultural destinations. Make a reservation at Girl & the Goat for stellar seafood creations crafted by Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard, or savor superb Spanish tapas at The Purple Pig. The deep-dish pies at Pequod’s Pizzeria cannot be beat, and the Chicago-style hot dogs at Gene & Jude’s are simply scrumptious. After hours, grab a seat at Gather for fine wine and shareable plates, or check out The Violet Hour for artisanal cocktails made with top-shelf spirits.

Experience the Windy City for yourself

Don’t be fooled. Chicago might be a major city, but we’re just as warm and welcoming as any other Midwestern town. Reach out to a Greystar representative today to find your dream home in this awe-inspiring urban paradise.