Can you believe I have been living in Chicago for eight months now? That’s a crazy thought to me because it feels like I just moved and have lived here for ten years simultaneously. Seriously sometimes I feel like I’ve done so much and than other times it feels like I’ve done nothing at all. It’s almost like I’m in this weird time warp type thing and I can’t figure out where I am or how I got here.
Of course, I do know how I got here and I’ve been enjoying my time here since. I have had two jobs, taken multiple classes, met TONS of new people, and have gotten to know the city. And I have to say, I really do like it here. It’s big (sometimes TOO big, but that’s another story) and there’s so much to do, especially now that the weather has warmed up.
When I moved here I was worried about how I would like it or adapt. I have always wanted to live in New York and it’s my favorite city plus I love the East Coast, so Chicago had a lot to live up to. Cities are my thing so I didn’t think it would be too bad, but I was worried that it wouldn’t measure up and I’d be disappointed. But I came here to act and hone my skills in acting, writing, comedy, etc. so windy city I’m here to stay!
On that same turn, I have visited Chicago at least once a year since I was born. I’m from the St. Louis area, so it’s a quick drive, plane, or train to get up here and visit for a few days. Growing up coming into the city so often really got me acclimated with this city and so when I moved here it was a bit of an easy jump. Literally and figuratively. Plus my family is still close so my parents visit often and my sister goes to school here in the city, so it wasn’t like I could get that homesick. Except for my dog, of course.
Since I was already familiar with the city and had a sense of what I wanted to do once I got here I wasn’t too worried about moving, and I have grown to love Chicago more and more each day. It has so many things going for it and I can see why people come here for a few years and end up never leaving. Chicago has the best of everything. It’s got beaches, parks, great food, fantastic theatre (main reason I’m here), and tons of things to do and see. It’s actually feasible to have a car. I mean I don’t because I hate driving and haven’t done so in eight months, but it’s WAY easier to have one here than in New York. Plus the air seems cleaner and it’s not quite and rough and tumble as New York.
That said, New York is still where I want to end up long term. However, moving to Chicago first was the absolute best decision for me. I am glad that I decided to move here first, then make the NYC jump in a couple of years. Chicago is the city of big shoulders and big dreams, and I am proud to call it home. I just don’t know how many more Chicago winters my body can withstand…