So, sometime last summer, I posted something along the lines of, “Hey, we’re thinking of moving to Chicago!” Well, that’s still a possibility. Actually, it’s likely certain, although I’m not one to count her chickens before they leap, or something like that. Basically, when I start job hunting next year, that’s where I’m looking. Scott already has some leads and is making connections with friends there who could give him some good recommendations.

We’ve been scouting out some properties, and last week we put down a reservation deposit on a pre-construction condo (in Logan Square, for those of you who might know Chicago). We’re going up there at the end of next month to look at the model unit, talk to the developer in person, and look at a few other properties in case this one doesn’t suit us. If it does work out, we’ll pay the rest of the deposit, and then put down our down payment early next year. So, the rest of this year is going to involve a hell of a lot of saving money. This place is going to be awesome, though. Green construction, high-end applicances, granite or Silestone countertops, super high-end bathrooms, balcony, and 1 block from an El stop. On a below-zero morning, that alone will make what we pay well worth it!!! The neighborhood itself is pretty cool; lots of great restaurants, diversity, mostly safe, and not too far from other cool places.

There’s a lot that needs to happen between now and two years from now (when we’d presumably be moving), but it’s going to be an exciting (and hectic) time. One complication is that we have our house here, which we’d of course try to close on as near to our Chicago closing date as we can, and our current income isn’t too swell (yay research assistant salaries), so what we qualify for now isn’t a whole hell of a lot, especially in a market like Chicago. There are things that can be done (which I won’t bore you with), so for now we’re doing our very best to boost our savings and stay the course with our budget as we’ve been doing for the past year.

If you’re the praying type, please send one up for us. If you’re not, that’s cool, too.