I drove back into the city this morning at 8am. All lanes were clear, Lake Michigan was calm and the sun was gleaming off of the buildings. Breathtaking. How could I give this up? Maybe I shouldn’t!?
To move or not to move, that is the question.
After a three year battle, I think the answer is, to move…maybe. Lakeview (Chicago) to the suburbs has been my commute for the past few years. I can fly out to work, but the commute back is a dreadful one. I coach an after school sport from November – June, which puts me at the heart of rush hour for a majority of the year. Come to think of it, “rush hour” is actually not an hour, but could better be called, “rush evening”. I swear, traffic starts at 3pm and does not end until 7pm. Not to mention the construction on a ramp I use! Also, TRAFFIC! (Sorry, things got a little heated there)
Back to the debate…
Moving to the suburbs: Buy, rent, move home with my parents for a bit?? That’s already 3 decisions I have to make just by leaving the city! I watch too much HGTV. I want my place to look like the flip, but really, I can only afford the flop. Aside from all of that, I would be closer to work, and that would make everything much more convenient. I could get a coffee without paying to park! I wouldn’t have to worry about traffic! I would gain at least 2.5 hours per day without a commute. I wouldn’t have to circle my building and the surrounding area 200 times to find a parking spot.
Staying in the city: I live on the lake. I have an amazing pool and patio in my building. Most of my friends are here. I live a mile from Wrigley Field. GO CUBS!!!!!! I love the freedom of being able to walk out of my apartment and wander aimlessly. So much to do out here, so much!
Every time I feel like I have made my decision, Chicago goes and does something to convince me to stay.
Thank you for the beautiful drive this morning, Chicago.
Life choices. Ugh!