moving to the city

From places to eat to tips on moving, we've got you covered.

A new city comes with endless possibilities! Chicago is a great place to explore new foods, attend a wide variety of events, meet new people, and discover an assortment of entertainment. Check out what some of our newest team members have been doing since they got here, and their advice on moving to the city!


Hayden Thomas - Associate Developer, Purdue University '16

Tips for moving to the city:

  • Learn the neighborhoods, and find out which is best for you. Each of Chicago's neighborhoods offers something different - beach access, local restaurants, upbeat bar scene - so take the time to do some research and figure out which you think would fit you best. Keeping in mind travel time to the office is always a smart thing, too!
  • Find a good moving company! If you're moving into a high rise, it's best to have a moving company. If something you own doesn't fit in an elevator, it's best that you don't have to worry about how to get up 10+ flights of stairs.

Top 3 favorite places to get a drink after work: 
Miller's Pub, Rudy's Bar & Grill, or wherever the happy hour is!


Michael Koscak - Associate Developer, University of Iowa '15

Tip for moving to the city:

  • Go do activities on Saturdays in the winter despite the cold.

  • Find cheap cubs/sox tickets on weeknights early in the season.

  • Explore bars/restaurants in new neighborhoods to learn more of the city!

    Top 3 favorite places to get lunch near work:
    Blackwood BBQ, Panda Express, Blaze Pizza

Dave Hammarstedt - Associate Developer, Iowa State University '16

Tip for moving to the city:

  • I'd suggest not trying to live in the loop because it's mega expensive and everything shuts down at night. It's probably tempting to do if you aren't at all familiar with the city, but I wouldn't recommend it. Look for something further north along the redline train - you'll more than likely find something cheaper and can still get downtown very easily on the train.

Top 3 favorite bars in the city:
Lost Lake in Logan Square, Jefferson Tap & Grille at Jefferson & Van Buren, and Revolution in Logan Square


Cole Baughn - Associate Developer,
Purdue '16

Tip for moving to the city:

  • Check how close a location is to grocery stores, pharmacies, hardware stores, etc.

  • Try and get a feel for a few different areas in Chicago since there are a lot of different places to live.

  • Check the proximity of public transportation if you aren't going to have a car.

Top 3 favorite places to get lunch near work:
Naansense, I Dream of Falaffel, and Venice Cafe.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

If you ever have any questions about moving to the city, feel free to reach out to Sonoma Recruiter Kelly Seago at