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Old Oct 29th 2013, 11:36 am
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I will be lending in Chicago shortly (within a month). I need some guidance like things to do to make the transition as smooth as possible.

- place for initial few days
- tips to rent an apartment
- anything else I need to take care of during the first few days that newbies haven't thought of?

I will be working in downtown so please recommend ways to rent a place near that area while I am still in Sydney Australia.
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Old Oct 29th 2013, 12:05 pm
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Bring the thickest coat you have, and be prepared to buy a thicker one when you arrive ( try http://LLBean) because it is about to colder in Chicago than you could ever imagine possible!
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Stay downtown, or close in. Hotels may be more expensive than out at the airport etc., but at least you'll be in walking distance or handy for bus or subway to downtown, your workplace, and the places you need to investigate for rental.

Marriott Residence Inn is a good option, comfortable room with FULL kitchen (rather than just a teeny fridge and microwave.). There are at least two of those in the River North area, walking distance from downtown.

Buses and subways are easy in Chicago. You can buy a card for unlimited travel at the airport subway station, $33 for a week. Then later you keep the card and have various recharge options ...
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Stay downtown, or close in. Hotels may be more expensive than out at the airport etc., but at least you'll be in walking distance or handy for bus or subway to downtown, your workplace, and the places you need to investigate for rental.

Marriott Residence Inn is a good option, comfortable room with FULL kitchen (rather than just a teeny fridge and microwave.). There are at least two of those in the River North area, walking distance from downtown.

Buses and subways are easy in Chicago. You can buy a card for unlimited travel at the airport subway station, $33 for a week. Then later you keep the card and have various recharge options ...
What do you say about extended stay America? I see that is quite cheap as compared to something by Marriott?
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I will be lending in Chicago shortly (within a month). I need some guidance like things to do to make the transition as smooth as possible.
What visa do you have? If this is your only plan, I wouldn't be making too many arrangements yet.
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What do you say about extended stay America? I see that is quite cheap as compared to something by Marriott?
They are very comfortable too, with kitchens, and a laundromat in the building. Cheaper than Marriott Residence Inn or similar. My impression is (I could be wrong) there are several in Chicago, but they are all further out so not so good for downtown.

I've stayed in Extended Stay America in other cities, they are comfortable and good value but typically not centrally located ....
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What visa do you have? If this is your only plan, I wouldn't be making too many arrangements yet.
Good observation. I've been over there to give him a little advice and a few pointers.
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What visa do you have? If this is your only plan, I wouldn't be making too many arrangements yet.
His username, "e3geek", may give us a clue?
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- tips to rent an apartment
- anything else I need to take care of during the first few days that newbies haven't thought of?
Big wedge of cash for deposits to make up for lack of credit history.

See who's responsible for snow removal and when.

See how much it costs to park a car in and around home/work and the snow situation.

Get whatever they call the commuter travel card is.
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