Packing up and moving to Chicago alone is an intimidating undertaking. In such a big city, it’s easy to get turned around or feel overwhelmed from time to time. Many people who take on this adventure find it’s easier by preparing and researching ways to connect with the community beforehand. As luck would have it, the Windy City has so much for residents to do — even those flying solo — and offers social outlets of all kinds.
If you’re planning a move to Chicago, here are a few words of advice on engaging in your new community and embracing a solo lifestyle.
Be Open to New Experiences
Being on your own can be daunting. That’s especially true if you don’t know anyone in the area. In Chicago, however, there are over 2.5 million people and lots of ways to meet them, as long as you’re willing to branch out. A few ways to expand your interests and engage with potential new friends along the way include:
Join a Club
Chicago is home to all types of social organizations. For instance, if you like sports, a great way to connect with others who share your passion is joining a sports club. One such place is the Chicago Sport & Social Club. With a variety of competitive team sports to join in on as well as e-sports, corn hole and more, there are plenty of ways to watch your favorite teams and enjoy being around people at this social establishment.
Enroll in a Class
If you want to exercise your body and mind as well as your social skills, consider taking a class. From cooking to comedy, the city has a wide range of classes for adults to pique your interest and help you socialize. There are programs for dancing, kickboxing, self-defense and even axe-throwing. While these activities may be unfamiliar to you, as long as you have an interest, you could have fun and bond with others at the same time.
Another idea is to explore the city on your own terms. Great for those with too little free time for a class or club, going on solo adventures is an excellent way to learn more about your surroundings and the history of your new home. Begin by looking up neighborhoods and points of interest you feel comfortable exploring alone. Then, embrace the challenge of navigating and touring these exciting places. You could find a restaurant you love, discover a bookstore filled with like-minded people or stumble across a pursuit you never knew you’d adore until you tried.
Lastly, one way to connect to the community is to give back to it through volunteer opportunities. The city of Chicago is full of people who want to lead active, social lives and many find themselves helping those in need. Whether you want to help out at an animal rescue, such as One Tail At A Time Dog Rescue, or lend a hand at a soup kitchen, there are hundreds of ways to get involved in this great city. Who knows? You may make long-lasting friends while showing your support for the less fortunate.
Get Your Next Adventure Started Today
Moving to Chicago alone may call for some help from the professionals. Mo2 Properties is here to support your move by assisting in your search for the perfect apartment. Check out our available rentals in Chicago’s most desirable neighborhoods or contact us today to learn more!