I'm currently in the middle of my relocation from Hong Kong to Chicago and have spent about a month and a week living in Central/Soho. I view Chicago as my home and have been thinking about the pros/cons of moving to Hong Kong! Obviously, I've been reading the other posts but I also want to know if there's been any other Chicagoans that have made the move and agree with me? I'm considering an opportunity in Singapore as well.
I'll start a PROS/CONS LIST:
Food's better in Chicago (Cantonese food is bland and all the western and other "ethnic" food is blanded down for local taste)
Chicago has less pollution and is a more green City, bike friendly, if you're home is a green home you can receive grants,etc. (I'm an urban environmentalist)
Chicago has an underground/anti-establishment/hipster vibe about it.
Chicago has a great night life anytime of the week, going out is very diverse. There's no preferential treatment of anyone of a particular ethnic group,it's based only on attractiveness, unlike in HK where frankly there's a racist vibe.
Chicago has friendly, confident people. Hongkers just seem fearful of anyone outside of their family.
Chicago is deadly cold in the winter
Chicago has a third world public transportation system
Chicago is spread out as a city.
Chicago sales tax is 9%!