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Why We Started the Chicago to Denver Blog

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I moved my family from Chicago to Denver in the summer of 2016.

You can read why we made the move from Chicago to Denver here. It was a major transition for all four of us! My wife and I are both from the Midwest, and lived in Chicago for fourteen years before uprooting and moving west. Needless to say, it was a HUGE decision for our family, one we put a lot of thought into before making it a reality.

Chicago to Denver

Subaru, U-Haul Trailer, Bikes, and my Family before leaving my mom’s place for the 1600-mile trip west.


We spent the better part of eighteen months planning our move from Chicago to Denver.

We read everything we could get our hands on, studied up on neighborhoods, schools, crime statistics, economic data, etc… Talked to realtors. Called school districts and asked questions. We wanted to get everything right the first time around, and not have to move again after we arrived in Denver!

And we mostly did get things right. We had a short-term rental in Golden, and then purchased a home in Lakewood a few months later. The reason things went smoothly for us was because we sunk a lot of time into research. We knew the key facts about all the neighborhoods within striking distance of our jobs before we ever crossed the Colorado state line.

One of the main reasons I created the Chicago to Denver blog was that I could share everything we learned about moving from one great city to another.

While I could have started a blog based solely on my family’s experiences, I wanted to get insight from others who made the move from Chicago to Denver, and from those who’ve lived in Colorado for most decades. That’s why I’ve partnered with Lisa Reich and Aimee Skul. Lisa works a realtor in the Denver market. She lived in Chicago for years before moving to Denver, and while I have more recent experience in moving from Chicago to Denver, she’s been “on the ground” here a lot longer. She has a tremendous amount of experience living and working in Denver.

Aimee and her husband Tommy have worked as Farmers Insurance agents in the Denver market for almost a decade. As insurance agents, they’re very familiar with Denver-area neighborhoods and communities, and some of the unique rewards and challenges of living at the foot of the Rockies.

Between the three of us, we offer our readers a unique blend of experience, knowledge, and insight into the Denver area.

As professionals working in the Denver market, we offer our readers a single stop where they can find information on neighborhoods, traffic, school districts, public transportation, outdoor activities, economic data and comparisons, etc.… Everything I wanted to know before I moved my family to Denver, but often had a hard time finding.

Consider Chicago to Denver a clearinghouse of information and useful advice on how you can move your family from Chicago to Denver with as little difficulty and as few headaches as possible.

We’re here to serve you. All of the information we’ve gathered here is free, and it always will be. We’re also here to answer specific questions about moving from Chicago to Denver. If there’s something you’d like to know that you can’t find in our index of blog posts, just drop a comment below, or e-mail us. We’d love to help.