3. Chicago is a great biking city
I was hesitant to start bicycling around Chicago, but as soon as I did there was no going back. Chicago is a huge flat grid, with tons of bike lanes. If biking on streets congested with cars and pedestrians makes you nervous, there are tons of quiet side streets to take alternate routes. When traffic is congested, biking is often as fast or a faster way to get around than driving or transit. Use proper hand signals, wear a helmet, and embrace showing up to work really sweaty.
4. Every one of your new friends is leaving for LA or New York
Sorry in advance.
5. There is a severe lack of quality bagels
In a city with nearly three million residents, you'd think the streets would be overflowing with bagels. And sure, they technically do exist in Chicago, but finding a true bagel, however, in my humble opinion, is way too complicated a task. Chicago just simply isn’t the bagel paradise you might find in say, New York City, where a perfect bagel is available on nearly every corner (that’s the only time I’ll trumpet NYC over Chicago, promise). Don’t despair, though, Chicago is overflowing with other pastry, breakfast, and bread shops. We will get through this together.