Next Chapter: Chicago.
You may have noticed that I’ve been doing some interviewing and struggling with a few job decisions. I love a lot of things about my current job, but location sadly isn’t one of them, and it obviously isn’t something that can be fixed. I want to live in a city during this time in my life, and I really can’t do that from this northern-suburb job (without going back to the hour commute I used to have). I started job hunting pretty casually a few months ago, and this past week things finally fell into place. I had two offers to choose from—one that would’ve led me back to Milwaukee, and one that would lead to Chicago.
I went for the Chicagoland option, and I’m really excited about it. Even though I’m a Chicago suburb kid, I love Milwaukee, and I was tempted. But, in the end, it just seemed wiser to start over elsewhere, and Chicago life has been calling to me for quite awhile. This job is with my favorite age group (early childhood!) and with a program I am inspired by. It feels like things are coming together!
My current lease isn’t up for awhile, sadly, and I’m a bit undecided right now—may try to sublease my place, may hold out until November/December. In any case, I’m obviously spending every free moment browsing Chicago apartments online. Ah, fantasy real estate searches. Would love to hear from Chicagoans current/former: how did you find your place? Sites you recommend/would avoid? Did you prefer to walk around and look for signs? Neighborhoods you love/hate? I have friends in Lakeview/Lincoln Park and have always liked both neighborhoods…am intrigued by Bucktown/Wicker Park/Logan Square. Would be nice to be closer to the expressway/north for my commute, want to be near an eL stop. Anywho, any and all bits o’ wisdom would be appreciated!
Here’s to the next chapter: a new job, a new city. I can’t wait to be able to walk and take the L everywhere, to discover new favorite coffee shops, restaurants, bars. To be mere minutes away from friends from childhood, undergrad, graduate school. Things are looking up.