Love at first sight. I'm moving to Chicago...

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    Jun 27, 2011 4:10 PM GMT
    Well, not really, for now at least.

    I just got back to Michigan last night after having spent 3 days in Chi-town for the pride festival this weekend. Everything about Chicago was amazing; the city lights, the the people walking around, the public transport. I'm so amazed at how much I love the city after only being there for 72 hours.

    Pride was an excellent weekend. I had so much fun walking around and just soaking in everything Chicago has to offer. It was so much fun walking around with friends, watching other gays stare at people they were checking out, walking around with my shirt off icon_smile.gif and just looking at all the eye candy.

    I made some good friends, found a guy (although, I'll probably never see him again icon_sad.gif ) and now I am planning on moving there within the next couple of years once I have gotten some things figured out and have gotten money and a job.

    Anyone else feel like they've stepped into a city and knew that instant that they wanted to move there?
  • rnch

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    Jun 27, 2011 4:12 PM GMT
    more than one gay man has "visited" New Orleans and either never left or soon returned with all their possessions!



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    Jun 27, 2011 4:14 PM GMT
    I know exactly what you mean! The moment I went to Orlando for the first (and only time) I wanted to move there. The atmosphere, the beach, everything about it was awesome! I'm hoping my future job will be there, but you never know where life will take you. If I can't live there I am hoping to go a lot more in the future because I think I'd die of depression if I can't!
  • rnch

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    Jun 27, 2011 4:18 PM GMT
    Allathlete saidWell, not really, for now at least.

    I just got back to Michigan last night after having spent 3 days in Chi-town for the pride festival this weekend. Everything about Chicago was amazing; the city lights, the the people walking around, the public transport. I'm so amazed at how much I love the city after only being there for 72 hours.

    Pride was an excellent weekend. I had so much fun walking around and just soaking in everything Chicago has to offer. It was so much fun walking around with friends, watching other gays stare at people they were checking out, walking around with my shirt off icon_smile.gif and just looking at all the eye candy.

    I made some good friends, found a guy (although, I'll probably never see him again icon_sad.gif ) and now I am planning on moving there within the next couple of years once I have gotten some things figured out and have gotten money and a job.

    Anyone else feel like they've stepped into a city and knew that instant that they wanted to move there?




    AA, i supect that you will be "well received" no matter which city you move to!

    why you want to stay/move to somewhere that's c-c-c-cold 6 months of the year is beyond me.....


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    Jun 27, 2011 4:19 PM GMT
    I just got back from chicago pride too!!!!

    I can't even tell you how much I want to move there now! The weekend was epic! Esp the parade--I wasnt prepared for it lol Luckily I met friends so I was able to watch it from a place above Cocktail. Awesome view from the roof! I will totaly be going again and Im hell bent on moving within the year. For anyone who hasn't been to Halstead street in chicago --- GO THERE!
  • mizu5

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    Jun 27, 2011 4:21 PM GMT
    Vancouver. SO i moved there.

    And tokyo, so I will move there.
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    Jun 27, 2011 4:29 PM GMT
    LA/Santa Monica.

    Visited there before my senior year of college to interview at USC and have a small vacation. Went for a run on the Santa Monica beach/pier and literally could not stop running, which is a rare event for me.

    After I left I knew I had to move there. Been nearly a year since I have been here and have to say I don't belong anywhere else.
  • ohioguy12

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    Jun 27, 2011 4:35 PM GMT
    Minneapolis for me. I went there a couple weeks ago, and if I wasn't headed to Boston for grad school, I'd definently would like to move there. I loved the friendliness of the people there, the cleanliness, the nightlife, the transportation, and more. Hopefully I will move there when I'm done with school.
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    Jun 27, 2011 4:36 PM GMT
    mscfrk saidI know exactly what you mean! The moment I went to Orlando for the first (and only time) I wanted to move there. The atmosphere, the beach, everything about it was awesome! I'm hoping my future job will be there, but you never know where life will take you. If I can't live there I am hoping to go a lot more in the future because I think I'd die of depression if I can't!
    I was in your shoes at age 19. It took me till age 34 before I could afford to move to Orlando, but opted for Miami instead. Best.Move.Ever. icon_biggrin.gif

    PS. Oh yeah, and I also moved from Arkanshit.
  • shoelessj

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    Jun 27, 2011 4:39 PM GMT
    So glad you (and you, and you) enjoyed your time in my fair city. I'll warn you, though, the weather this past weekend was uncharacteristically perfect!

    It's funny in a way, last week my boyfriend and i went to see this play, "Twist of Water," in Chicago, (which just closed this past weekend, unfortunately) which got raves, and which was set in Chicago and used the story of the city to provide a backdrop for the tale of the characters in the play. Afterward we got to talking about the city and how people love it and I said I don't know if I love it and he -- who is from Penn. -- said maybe my perspective is different because I've lived here my whole life. It tends that people who come here from other places do pretty much fall in love with Chicago -- the love decreases a bit in January and February, though, but there's just so much about the city and about the people that welcomes anyone that even if you don't love it you'll feel welcomed here.

    (And i hear you about meeting a great guy and figuring you won't ever hear again from him -- i've been there a couple times. But you live, you love again.)

    And if you or anyone who has fallen for Chicago wants to know more or is even just looking to chat with or know someone who already lives here, feel free to e-mail me or whatever. Have a great summer, too!

    P.S. If you loved Pride weekend, you'll really love Halsted Street Marketdays, in August. It's more or less a two-day pride fest in the heart of the gayborhood.
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    Jun 27, 2011 4:43 PM GMT
    New York City. The only city I've ever really felt at home. AND I love performing in Central Park. icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 27, 2011 4:59 PM GMT
    rnch said
    Allathlete saidWell, not really, for now at least.

    I just got back to Michigan last night after having spent 3 days in Chi-town for the pride festival this weekend. Everything about Chicago was amazing; the city lights, the the people walking around, the public transport. I'm so amazed at how much I love the city after only being there for 72 hours.

    Pride was an excellent weekend. I had so much fun walking around and just soaking in everything Chicago has to offer. It was so much fun walking around with friends, watching other gays stare at people they were checking out, walking around with my shirt off icon_smile.gif and just looking at all the eye candy.

    I made some good friends, found a guy (although, I'll probably never see him again icon_sad.gif ) and now I am planning on moving there within the next couple of years once I have gotten some things figured out and have gotten money and a job.

    Anyone else feel like they've stepped into a city and knew that instant that they wanted to move there?




    AA, i supect that you will be "well received" no matter which city you move to!

    why you want to stay/move to somewhere that's c-c-c-cold 6 months of the year is beyond me.....


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    You've obviously never lived in Michigan...
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    Jun 27, 2011 5:00 PM GMT
    Bucky159 saidI just got back from chicago pride too!!!!

    I can't even tell you how much I want to move there now! The weekend was epic! Esp the parade--I wasnt prepared for it lol Luckily I met friends so I was able to watch it from a place above Cocktail. Awesome view from the roof! I will totaly be going again and Im hell bent on moving within the year. For anyone who hasn't been to Halstead street in chicago --- GO THERE!


    I was right by universal gear for the parade. Was that close?
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    Jun 27, 2011 5:01 PM GMT
    Allathlete saidAnyone else feel like they've stepped into a city and knew that instant that they wanted to move there?


    Absolutely! Took a trip to San Diego in 1998 to visit a friend for two weeks and like you there was also interest in a guy involved. Loved it here so much I never used the return plane ticket and just made arrangements to move. The guy on the other hand didn't turn out so great but hey, wouldn't have met my partner of 8 years if I hadn't stayed, right? icon_smile.gif

    Life is way too short to not be doing what makes you happy.
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    Jun 27, 2011 5:02 PM GMT
    elgringo77 saidLA/Santa Monica.

    Visited there before my senior year of college to interview at USC and have a small vacation. Went for a run on the Santa Monica beach/pier and literally could not stop running, which is a rare event for me.

    After I left I knew I had to move there. Been nearly a year since I have been here and have to say I don't belong anywhere else.


    I've always wanted to go to California. I know my place is in a big city... and well, Chicago kinda did it for me. (plus it's cheaper living than Cali...)
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    Jun 27, 2011 5:40 PM GMT
    I am so glad that you liked the Chi. It really is an amazing city that has a lot to offer. There are so many good restaurants, attractions, and we have some great parks that are fun to be in in the summer. If you have any questions about the city, just email me. Even though I live in the suburbs, I grow up in the city so I know it like the back of my hand.
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    Allathlete said
    elgringo77 saidLA/Santa Monica.

    Visited there before my senior year of college to interview at USC and have a small vacation. Went for a run on the Santa Monica beach/pier and literally could not stop running, which is a rare event for me.

    After I left I knew I had to move there. Been nearly a year since I have been here and have to say I don't belong anywhere else.


    I've always wanted to go to California. I know my place is in a big city... and well, Chicago kinda did it for me. (plus it's cheaper living than Cali...)

    Try to visit here before making any firm decisions. The outdoor activities year-round, athletics, especially the water sports, might prove irresistible.
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    Jun 27, 2011 6:11 PM GMT
    Chicago is great. Just remember that every city's experience is a bit skewed during pride weekend.
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    Jun 27, 2011 6:19 PM GMT

    Come back for Market Days in August...its like Pride 2.0 but more local.
    I have friends that lived in an apartment above Cocktail....the view is epic icon_smile.gif My first place in Chicago was the corner of Broadway/Halstead/Grace...right across from IHOP...noisey as hell but good times.
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    Jun 27, 2011 6:31 PM GMT
    Miami! 2 years from now. icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 27, 2011 6:38 PM GMT
    If I have the time/money to come back for a visit... I'm there.
  • darryaz

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    Jun 27, 2011 6:40 PM GMT
    I felt that way about Phoenix. I traveled there on a business trip and knew I wanted to live there. A year later I moved there and lived there for 9 years.

    I left 3 years ago and I still miss it.
  • wild_sky360

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    Jun 27, 2011 7:01 PM GMT
    I felt the same way about Chicago, so I moved there for 15 years. I enjoyed that energy every day. Never thought I'd leave until I saw Seattle and the surrounding mountains. We moved there within a year of the visit, and stayed for 13.
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    Jun 27, 2011 7:52 PM GMT
    Great go for it.

    Vancouver did it for me.

    I live in the white tall building facing the ocean.
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  • Lincsbear

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    Jun 28, 2011 12:09 AM GMT
    Hi there,Allathlete,
    Not so much a city as a county in England,Cornwall.I went on holiday there as a boy and felt it immediately:something special.I want to stay here.Why?I can`t really tell you.The atmosphere,rugged landscape,the rain(yes,the rain!),the people,history,the beaches,its isolation from the rest of England-all have something to do with it.Maybe I went there at an impressionable age,but others I`ve spoken to have agreed with me,and they were there as adults.
    I`ve been back many times,but never managed to settle there somehow.The attraction grows stronger and I will finish there for sure.