A new job, a new city, and all that jazz!
That’s right folks… I’m moving to CHICAGO! In the next few weeks I’ll be moving to the Windy City, where I’ll start a new position in medical communications within the pharmaceutical industry. I am thrilled about this new job opportunity as it combines both my love of science and my love of writing. I’m also excited about the prospect of exploring a fabulous new city!
Although I’ve lived in several different towns and cities, they’ve all been in the Mid-Atlantic east coast region. And I’ve always lived within driving distance to Philadelphia and my parents’ home. Living in the Midwest (a plane ride away!), will be quite a departure for me. It’s also a place I’m not very familiar with. Aside from the interview, I’ve only been to Chicago twice; first to visit my friend Jenni when she was in graduate school, and later to attend a wedding. Despite those trips being many years ago, I had a great time during both visits, and I can definitely see myself enjoying life in Chicago.
Now, the hard part; deciding where to live! My new company is located in the suburbs, and initially I wasn’t sure if I wanted to deal with the commute (again). After much deliberation, however, I’ve decided to live downtown. I really am a city mouse! I definitely gravitate towards cities, and all of the energy, culture, and diversity that they bring. Now, if I could only figure out which neighborhood to choose! So many great options.
It’s definitely strange to move so far away from such familiar places, where I know all of the ins and outs. Although I’ve done it before, it’s always a bit difficult to move to a completely new place, make friends from scratch, and slowly learn where all of the local hotspots are. But in a way, I think that’s what makes it fun; the anticipation, the possibilities, and not knowing what’s around the corner. Needless to say, I’m beyond excited, and looking forward to this next chapter of my life.
So, tell me: What do I need to know about moving to Chicago? I’m guessing there’s more to Chi-town than deep-dish pizza, John Hughes movies, and Oprah (though, I’m a huge fan of all of the above!). Any advice and tips you have would be greatly appreciated!