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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."

Make the most of living and working in Chicago

Expat living in Chicago raises plenty of questions, for instance: ʺWhat are the requirements from American authorities to get a residence permit?”, ʺCan you help me find a language partner to improve my business English and knowledge of American corporate culture?ʺ, or ”Who can recommend international schools in town?”

Finding all this expat information about living and working in Chicago takes a lot of time. Our Chicago expat guide is there to make your relocation to Chicago as easy as possible. Starting with culture and sights to information about education & children, the guide covers all the different aspects of expat life in Chicago.

However, InterNations does not only address expats in Chicago. We have brief overview guides for various locations around the world - from living in Tokyo to living in Zurich.

Top Articles in the Chicago Expat Guide

  • 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.
  • Demographics of the US

    The United States, home to people with origins in all corners of the globe, is the third most populous country in the world. Only India and China have larger populations. In this overview, we briefly touch upon noteworthy facts about the demographic makeup of the United States.
  • Buying Property in the USA

    While buying property in the USA is rather common, it also comes with a lot more red tape than renting. In addition, the language may make it even harder for expats to deal with the paperwork. We give you some pointers on how to navigate the process of purchasing your dream home.
  • Visiting a US Dentist

    Whether it is a cavity or a regular check-up, sooner or later a visit to the dentist becomes inevitable. After their move to the United States, expats often don’t know where to turn when they get a toothache. We tell you how to find a US dentist and how to finance the treatment.
  • Tourist Attractions in the US

    As is known all over the world, the United States is not only one of the most popular countries for expatriates, but also a leading tourist destination. In their report for 2012, the World Tourism Organization ranked the US second worldwide in the number of international tourists.
  • Crime in the United States

    Thousands of crimes are committed in the US every day. These include violent criminal felonies, but to a much larger extent are made up of property crime and white collar crime. In this article, we’ll discuss common types of crime, capital punishment, and law enforcement in the US.
  • Childcare in the US

    Are you moving to the US with young children? Do both you and your spouse work? Then you will probably need to find childcare in the US. Our article guides you through the different available options, enabling you to make the best choice for your family.
  • Banks in the US

    What types of banks and bank accounts exist in the US? How do you choose the right bank for you? Find out about different types of bank accounts, building up your credit history, and making money transfers in this InterNations guide on US banks.
  • Nonimmigrant US Visa

    There are many different types of nonimmigrant US visa and every individual case can further differ. The following article therefore does not claim to be fully comprehensive. It does, however, give you a first overview as well as some pointers on where you can find more information and help.
  • US Income Tax for Expats

    Paying income tax in the US is complicated. Tax is due on several levels: You need to pay US income tax to the federal government as well as the individual state. Sometimes, local income tax is also due. This overview helps expats to navigate such tax issues, providing guidance for filing your tax returns.
  • Applying for Jobs in the US

    So, you want to live and work in the United States? You have already found a few jobs that you’d like to apply for – what next? Our brief overview of the job application process in the US will guide you through the search for jobs, from the resume to the official interview.
  • Buying a Car in the US

    Having your own four wheels can make life in the USA much easier. However, since importing a car can be quite a hassle, buying a car in the US is often the simpler choice. InterNations tells you what to look out for when choosing a vehicle and tells you about the change of ownership process.

Information on the Expat Life in Chicago

Are you looking specifically for foreign chambers of commerce in town or a doctor speaking your native language in the USA? In addition to our expat guide, the expat directory for Chicago provides you with listings of all expatriate-relevant locations and relocation services in Chicago. Furthermore, you might want to also consider our Chicago expats forum to receive first hand information from your fellow expats.

Simply become a member of InterNations Chicago and you’ll be warmly received with a friendly Hello among our expats living and working in Chicago.

Are you curious about expatriate living outside Chicago? Then read more about our various expat guides, such as living in Jersey City or living in Paris!