Not always black and white

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

It’s a good thing I have a backlog of photos to post. Why? Because my husband started a new job on Monday and I have a feeling that his new schedule and commute, combined with the slowly decreasing daylight hours, means outfit photos won’t happen nearly as often.

And, yes, for those of you keeping track, this is his third job since he graduated with his chemistry degree less than two years ago. The first one was not a good fit and the second one was a contract job with a corporate policy of A. not hiring people with “only” Bachelor’s degrees and B. not keeping contractors for more than a year.

This new job is at least contract-to-hire but, unfortunately, his commute is going to be horrid. Which is why we’re thinking of moving to the suburbs when our lease is up.

Which breaks my heart.


Blazer – The Limited (same) | Dress – Le Tote (same) | Shoes – J. Crew Factory (similar) |Necklace – gift (similar

There are lots of reasons that it makes sense to move to the ‘burbs. It’s easier for me to commute downtown than it is for Jason to commute out there.  We could get a place with a garage where Jason can work on his car and still save money for retirement (which needs to be happening at a much faster pace).  And I’m sure there are other benefits that I can’t think of right now. Relationships are about compromise, right?

Nicole at Cedar & Rush recently made a similar move and she blogged about how sometimes we have to “give up things we LIKE, to get the things we LOVE.”

Does moving to the ‘burbs get me closer to something I love? I honestly don’t know right now. But, hey, even 5 years ago I didn’t want to move into the actual city of Chicago! Life isn’t always so black and white, you know?


18 replies on “Not always black and white

  1. Anne

    Life is rarely black and white! 5 years ago, living in the ‘burbs was one of MANY things I never thought would happen. But here I am, suburban and with someone I love. It’s definitely different than the city, but you’ll still be just a train ride away!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I can’t decide if it’s better or worse that I’ll still be working in the city. I mean, ugh, commute but at least I’ll still be here if there are things I want to do after work or people I want to meet up with.

  2. Sarah @ Windy City Wanderlust

    Let me make a plug for the Northwest Suburbs: I live within walking distance to a Metra line and commute into the city in 35 minutes (less than some friends who live in the city), I own my house (with a garage!), and I get to experience the best of the burbs AND the city. It’s not all bad, and hey, you’ve got a friend out here if you ever need one!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      May I ask which suburb you live in? If you don’t want to put it in the comments you can email me at looplooks at gmail dot com. It looks like my husband will be working in Niles so we’re thinking somewhere in that area.

      1. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

        Popping back in here to say that I have coworkers in the Jefferson Park/Forest Glen/Edgebrook area, which is still officially Chicago, though admittedly a different sort of Chicago than the West Loop. But that different sort of Chicago comes with garages! Also, if you’re looking for a happy medium between Niles and downtown, North Center/Ravenswood/Lincoln Square fits that bill quite nicely (and also has garages, though I imagine at a bit higher price than what you’d find farther northwest) – though the trip to Brooklyn Boulders would be a bit longer for you than it is now 😉

  3. Alexandra @ My Urban Family

    Best of luck to you if you do decide to move! Don’t go too far out though! I’m about 40 minutes west (without traffic) and I cannot wait to move into the city. It’s way too far with traffic. But I could see myself in a closer suburb later in life.

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Sigh. I know. Although, we tried taking him to my in-laws house (which is in a typical suburban neighborhood, just outside Indy instead of Chicago) and he didn’t seem to care for the yard or, you know, people working in their yards. So, who knows?

  4. Carrie

    We’re moving to the suburbs in a few days time. We’re going to be another Northwest suburban set with the Metra walking distance from our new subdivision with an hour commute in (express). I’m nervous and excited about it. I’m nervous about suburban life for our family as whole, changing daycares, leaving the familiarity of the city, etc. I’m excited for our new house, new neighborhood, and giving my kids the best we can for them. We’re giving up stuff for sure, but am excited for this next phase.

  5. Kelly @ Running Kellometers

    Sometimes, I think living outside of the city makes me appreciate it so much more. I love that I still get to work downtown so I have access to great restaurants, delicious non-chain coffee, food trucks, and lots of other things that the loop has to offer. In the suburbs, it is nice that the traffic is usually lighter, the people are usually friendlier, and the taxes are lower. (My first grocery trip outside the city limits literally blew my mind.) If you’re not looking to buy a house right away but maybe rent to see how it works out, its nice that you can test to see if it works. As much of a pain as moving can be, its nice to know you can always change your mind if things need to be adjusted. Best of luck with your decision!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Thanks, Kelly! Part of my fear is that I haven’t had a commute longer than 45 minutes since we moved to the Chicago area and I don’t know how I’d feel if my commute were longer than that! But, yes, still working downtown would mean that I could stay in the city after work or at least still see people who live in the city!

  6. Alyssa

    The suburbs aren’t so bad! Actually since we moved all the way out to Huntley I miss my old suburbs Arlington Heights and Glen Ellyn. Now riding the train into the city takes 1.5 hours. And yep, sometimes life is all about compromise.

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Thanks. Yeah, I’m thinking I’ll have to add a “North of the” to the “Loop Looks” logo since I don’t technically work in the Loop any more, either. (I work in the “River North” area, literally just north of the Loop!) 🙂

  7. Nicole Regan

    Congrats Erin on your new adventure! You and your husband are going to have so much fun exploring something new together. I know change and new jobs aren’t always the easiest transition, but I am confident down the road you’ll see it was the best decision ever. As always, thanks for the mention. xoxo

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