Tired of the Cold? Phoenix Lures With Sun, Baseball
By Mary Boone
As more moderate temperatures begin to emerge, it’s only natural that Chicagoans’ thoughts turn to the boys of summer.
Will Adam Dunn continue to belt it over the fence for the Sox? Will Arodys Vizcaino make it into the Cubs’ starting rotation? Does either team have a chance – however slight – of winning its division?
Major League Baseball’s Opening Day isn’t until April 1, but devoted White Sox and Cubs fans have been making the journey down to Phoenix, to watch their teams get in shape for the season.
While the White Sox play spring training ball at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, northwest of downtown Phoenix, the Cubs do their pre-season workouts at Hohokam Stadium near Mesa, in the East Valley section of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area.
Baseball may draw Illinoisans to the desert, but it’s the area’s sun, rugged landscape and plentiful golf courses that often persuade them to stay beyond the six weeks of spring training.
Comparing Chicago and Phoenix
Think you might enjoy living in warmer climes – at least part of the year? Consider this comparison of the Sox’ and Cubs’ spring training and regular season homes:
Chicago is the nation’s third largest city with a population of 2.7 million. Phoenix is about half that size with a population of 1.5 million people; it is the nation’s sixth-most populated U.S. city.
Jackets are the norm in Chicago in March, where the average high temperature is 45 degrees; spring days in Phoenix are considerably warmer, with an average high of 77 degrees.
Hungry? Both cities boast culinary delicacies that should whet any appetite. Chicagoans are understandably proud of their deep-dish pizza, bagels and hot dogs. Many of Phoenix’s signature dishes take inspiration from Native American or Mexican cuisine.
When it comes to real estate, Chicago’s median home value, reported by online real estate database Zillow, is $165,700 – up 2.8 percent from a year ago. Phoenix median home value is considerably more affordable at $129,300, a year-over-year increase of 30.3 percent.
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