Moving to a new city can be overwhelming for anyone, but just imagine what it’s like for someone from another country and an entirely different culture to make such a big leap. For Koreans and Korean-Americans relocating to the Chicago area, here are some important things to know as you make your way through the city and your new home!
Korean Organizations: Chicago is the nation’s third most populated city with nearly 10 million residents. There are multiple other nationalities and ethnicities in the area including Italian, Puerto Rican, Mexican, Greek, Polish, Indian/Pakistani, Chinese and Vietnamese, among others. For Koreans in the metropolitan Chicago area, the Korean American Coalition (KAC) has a Chicago chapter – KAC-Chicago (KACC) – which is a leading organization for people of Korean heritage who reside in the U.S.
Information About Crime: In any large city, crime can be more prevalent, and Chicago is no exception. Currently, the murder rate has increased from prior years, but it has also experienced significant decreases in the past 10 years, too. To help protect your family, visit the city’s police and fire department websites for information on public safety and how to stay safe in “the Windy City.” Some precautions to take at your residence include home security (visit
www.besthomesecurity.com for ideas on how to get started), implementing a fire safety plan and connecting with others in your neighborhood to find out about how to get involved in improving the community’s safety.
Schools and Libraries: Public and private schools and institutions are offered from elementary school to college, with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) overseeing the public sector and both secular and non-secular networks operating the private education institutions. Chicago’s Public Library system consists of 79 local public libraries including the central library in downtown Chicago and two regional branches.
Posted July 8, 2013 by admin under Uncategorized