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Old Dec 30th 2015, 12:34 pm
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Hi

My wife and I are moving to Chicago with work in February

Does anyone have any good tips on where I can live for a month on my own downtown until my wife gets out there?

Are there any other tips you have for us moving and settling in? Like rental communities downtown etc?

Many thanks
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Old Dec 30th 2015, 4:12 pm
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Where is your office based? Downtown, The Loop? What is your expectation for the commute? Car, El, walk? The weather will be brutal in February so if you're looking for short term accommodation then think about distance to the office.
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My office is in the Aon tower so downtown and that is where I am wanting to live I think.

I have heard it will be brutal, but am after a short term let. Any ideas?
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My office is in the Aon tower so downtown and that is where I am wanting to live I think.

I have heard it will be brutal, but am after a short term let. Any ideas?
Perhaps HR or your new colleagues can give you some informed suggestions.
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Default Re: Moving to chicago

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Hi

My wife and I are moving to Chicago with work in February

Does anyone have any good tips on where I can live for a month on my own downtown until my wife gets out there?

Are there any other tips you have for us moving and settling in? Like rental communities downtown etc?

Many thanks
A short term corporate lease maybe?

A hotel?

Not many places will rent short term, especially in downtown where they don't need to.
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I found this site that list some monthly rentals. Hotels in Chicago With Short- or Long-Term Leases | USA Today
My son lived in Presidential Towers on a monthly basis when he was between the end of a lease and buying a place. It's a bit of a hike from there to AON, about 20 minutes on a bus. Don't under estimate the winter weather, it really can be brutal. Check out the underground walking route "the Pedway"
City of Chicago :: Pedway--Downtown Pedestrian Walkway System
there's a route that comes out at the AON building.
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I also stayed in the Presidential Towers; but my company was paying for the forst month and it was 25 years ago. These days I'd look on Airbnb and suggest you look at the South Loop.
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The good news: there's a glut of for rent housing on the Chicago market. It's a good time to be looking. I have no idea about short term leases, it probably varies by building.

There are many, many new buildings in the immediate vicinity of the Aon building and many more within a five mile radius. The neighborhood is called Streeterville. It's not particularly cheap, though. You need to specify a budget.

I lived in Presidential Towers briefly as well, it's fine. It's a bit of a hike from the Aon building. You might as well live a bit further afield if you're looking at PT. If you can afford it, Lincoln Park is a very nice neighborhood and relatively close.

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South Loop is a good idea. Cheaper than Lincoln Park and still not far from Aon.
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Old Jan 4th 2016, 8:32 pm
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South Loop is a definitely a good idea and you can look at Sky55 an apartment building with short leases to start you off. Aon Tower is on the north edge of grant park, and Sky55 is near the south edge of grant park so pretty close. I think the minimum short lease is 3 months though.Apartments For Rent in Chicago | Sky55 ApartmentsWe moved to Chicago in May and we live in the South Loop. I can see the Aon Tower from my living room so it's quite close.You can also look at Lakeshore East which is right behind the Aon Tower if you want to be really close, but I am not sure if there are short lease apartments there.Let me know if you have any other questions around settling down in Chicago.

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