Why Should You Move To Southernmost Illinois?

Illinois isn’t for everyone. But our communities, cities, and unique sense of culture are a step above the rest. Living in Illinois means fun for the whole family. Here are a few reasons why you might just be living in the wrong state!

We know food. Wondering what Illinois foods you might enjoy? Some of our favorites are poutine, pierogies, Chicago-style hot dogs, gyros, Chicago-style pizza, Italian beef sandwiches, horseshoes, or any meal from Frontera Grill! You don’t need to venture into the city to have a great meal. Some of the best hole-in-the-wall dining experiences are located in rural areas.

We have small towns. Let’s face the facts: the coronavirus pandemic might end based on the definitions set forth by the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but realistically COVID will always be with us. And although many experts expect that future variants of coronavirus will not be as virulent, there’s no guarantee. Want to feel safe? 

Many of our small towns provide the perfect atmosphere for community. They’re quaint, fun, near many outdoor locations, and best of all — they allow you to stay away from people whenever you choose. Either way, we recommend you get vaccinated or receive your booster shot!

We love sports. Whether you’re into college athletics or professional, you can always find a game to watch in Illinois. We have a number of college towns. And many of our residents love their weekend trips to Chicago to watch the Cubs or the Bulls.

We love history. Are you interested in living somewhere culturally rich with its own distinct history? This might be the place for you. You can visit the Ronald Reagan Birthplace and Museum, the Mendota Museum and Historical Society, the Swedish American Museum, or the Illinois Military Museum. Many Illinois state parks are steeped in history as well. Or maybe you study history as a treasure hunter. You won’t find a better state for shipwreck diving!

It’s cheaper than living in a big city. Even after the mass exodus from NYC, prices for rentals or real estate are sky high — for most of us. Moving to a smaller community doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t be able to find a job. This is especially true for artists, freelancers, or contractors. We have a strong economy and our GDP ranks number five for U.S. states. Dozens of Fortune 500 companies are based here. And the minimum wage will soon be $15 an hour.

It’s a great hub for road trips. Most Illinois residents don’t stop at Chicago. Our road trips extend to Detroit, Indianapolis, Nashville, St. Louis, or Toronto. Looking for new scenery? Take a ride around the Great Lakes, or go up into Canada to experience life on the other side. Southernmost Illinois is also a great place to live for driving west. You can be in Denver, Colorado in a day. Or drive south to Tallahassee, Florida.

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