Chicago

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Community in Chicago

Connect with fellow expats in Chicago
Join exciting events and groups
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Friedrich Schloßberg

"At first, I tried to google all information on Chicago. Then I found InterNations and some of its local scouts gave me a personal tour."

Kristina Serou

"It is great to live in the Windy City and to enjoy the American way of life. However, I am also glad to attend InterNations events to meet other expats."

Welcome to Our Expat Community in Chicago!

Hello and a warm welcome to our expat community in Chicago! We at InterNations are here to help you get over the hurdles of relocating to another country. You can get to know others who have already made the move and found our advice invaluable in doing so, and share your own experiences too. Once you've joined InterNations, you can get all the answers to your questions about expat life in Chicago, such as, "which areas of Chicago are best for me to live in?" and "how do I access medical care in the US?" or "which international schools are available in Chicago?", answered by our experienced expats in the USA.

With InterNations, you never stand alone. Whether you move to another city or go on a business trip somewhere — our communities are there to make you feel at home wherever you are in the world. Feel free to also check out our other vibrant InterNations Communities like the ones in Shanghai or Brussels.

Join Our Exciting Events in Chicago

Attend our monthly events and activities for Chicago expatriates to get to know like-minded expatriates in real life.

Find More Information in Our Chicago Expat Guides

  • Moving to Chicago

    If you’re planning on moving to Chicago, you may enjoy this tidbit of information: it is said that its name is derived from the Native American “shikaakwa”, meaning “smelly onion”. If this does not persuade you to move to Chicago, read our InterNations Guide for information on neighborhoods, health, visas, and transportation!
  • Living in Chicago

    Interested in living in Chicago? On the bank of Lake Michigan, the Windy City is the third-largest metropolis in the United States, and being an expat there can be both thrilling and confusing. Our InterNations Guide to Chicago provides you with information on contemporary life, climate, housing, and education.
  • Working in Chicago

    If you are looking for big city flair with a small town feel and excellent job opportunities, you may want to consider Chicago. For a better overview of employment opportunities, read our Expat Guide on working in Chicago with information on the job market, social security, and taxes.

Exchange Tips about living in Chicago

Get trustworthy advice and local insights from fellow members in our Chicago expat forums.

Find Out More about Chicago and What It Offers for Expats

The "Windy City" of Chicago has countless attractions on offer to its inhabitants. Cultural highlights like the Art Institute of Chicago, one of the biggest and best art museums in America, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, are held dear in the hearts of native Chicagoans and expats alike. The city is located on the shores of Lake Michigan, one of America's five Great Lakes and great for anyone who loves water sports or fishing. The famous Michigan Avenue, known as the Magnificent Mile, is a huge strip of shops and restaurants running north-south of the city center. Plus, with its excellent healthcare facilities, great universities, and being home to some of the biggest companies in the world, Chicago can offer expats a great standard of living.

InterNations is the largest global network for expatriates, with communities in 390 cities across the globe. Get to know fellow internationals in your city, before you're moving, or when traveling somewhere and never feel like a stranger. InterNations makes it easy for you to stay in touch with your expat friends, both online and offline, so you can grow your network of friends and contacts from all over the world. Whether they live in Jeddah or Singapore, InterNations allows you to be close to them even if they are miles away.

Connect to Other Expats in Chicago with InterNations!

At InterNations we pride ourselves on providing a safe, secure place for all expats to engage with each other and learn more about their expat destinations. Our members adhere to our values of respectful, honest interaction, which mean you can feel free to ask any questions you may have related to living in Chicago. Whether you want to know the answer to simple questions like where to find services in town, or have a more complicated issue over legal paperwork, such as obtaining a work permit, you will find our members are more than happy to help. Make sure you keep up your hobbies while in your new city by finding InterNations members in Chicago who share the same interests. This is a great way to smooth your transition into your new life. Whether you decide to live in the Old Town, Dearborn Park, or Printer's Row, and enjoy cooking, sports, or learning Spanish, you'll find an offline group to match your interests. Lastly, remember to attend some of InterNations bigger social events — there you'll encounter some fascinating long-term expats with plenty of interesting experiences to share.