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Assorted questions about moving to Chicago (from NYC)

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Assorted questions about moving to Chicago (from NYC)

Bone Thug n Hominy | May 17, 2010 08:05 AM

So, after having spent roughly 24 hours of my life in Chicago, I will be taking the plunge and moving out there (into the Loop, likely).

In my whirlwind visit, I was able to enjoy a few touristy Chicago staples (deep dish, italian beef, intelligentsia coffee), but now it's time to start thinking about branching out.

Firstly, I'd love to find a go-to Polish restaurant to hold me over between trips back home. I'm sure they're plentiful somewhere in Chicagoland.

Intelligentsia is one of my favorite coffee places ever, and while I'd love for all of my coffee to come out of a clover machine or cold-brew vat, are there any mini-chains worth going to in a pinch? I'm no coffee snob, but I can't stand SBUX.

In NYC, grocery prices are generally better in convenience stores than in supermarkets. That's usually not the case, but I just wanted to see what the general strategy is in Chicago. Also, is there a supermarket worth going out of your way for, or are they roughly interchangeable?

I don't want to burden you all with a dozen requests for specific restaurant recs (that I can use "search" for), but perhaps you have some general tips on making the move.

Do any NY expats care to opine?

Thanks a lot

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