Quality of Life

Chicago's affordable cost of living combines with seemingly endless cultural & recreational options to make for an unrivaled value for the city's world-class workforce.

The nation’s only livable big city is all about choices

Lots of choices

Are you a fan of opera, blues, house, or indie-rock? Do you want a tree-lined yard & house, a funky loft, or a wow skyline-view condo you can walk to from work? Do you want the cutting edges of American cuisine?

How about ice skating at the feet of skyscrapers, nodding off on a blanket under the stars at all-summer free concerts, chilling in the hush and splash of a sailboat off downtown, or checking out globe-touring museum shows?

Maybe you’d prefer great non-stop airfares on last-minute weekend packages to just about anywhere? Or are you staying close to home so you can finish your executive MBA, or trying to make (almost) all your kids’ soccer games?

Chicago is built for the pursuit of happiness – mind, body and soul. At one-fifth the density of New York, Chicago is manageable. It works.

Chicago’s a big business town, where employers figured out a century ago that a good life is the foundation of better work; and that life should be good on every rung of the career ladder.

The many faces of quality of life have made Chicago a magnet for an abundant diversity of great talent. It is they who are driving Chicago’s economy forward.

Chicago is “the quintessential American city”NY Times

Lower Cost of Living Compared to Other Major U.S. Cities

Cutting-Edge Cuisine

Chicago has thousands of culinary delights, including 4 AAA five-diamond restaurants, 14 James Beard award winners in the last 5 years, and more than 40 farmers markets.


25 Michelin Restaurants (two 3-star; five 2-star; nineteen 1-star).


best global city.

Good Times Roll

Chicago's hundreds of festivals include Lollapalooza, Pitchfork, Riot Fest, Spring Awakening, North Coast, Blues Fest, Taste of Chicago, and free concerts all summer long in Millennium Park.

Sports Galore

Chicago has been named as the Best Sports City by Sporting News three times, and is one of the few U.S. cities to have teams from all five major American professional team sports, including the 2016 World Series champion Chicago Cubs, 2015 Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, Bears, Whitesox, Bulls, Fire, and Sky.


Chicago is a top 5 city in the U.S. for sports.


best urban transportation system globally; third best job connectivity by transit; #1 connected U.S. airport.

Connected City

Chicago connects you to the U.S. and the world.