Finding Your Feet in Chicago

the essential guide for expat families

By Véronique Martin-Place


Just published – vital guide for those new to Chicago

MAY 2012, CHICAGO, ILLINOISThe Chicago Tribune reports that 400,000 of its residents have roots in the UK alone. Clearly The Windy City is a growing expatriate enclave.

Incredibly helpful and informative guide for expat parents who find themselves relocating to Chicago. How I wish that even I, an American from birth, had been able to find a book like this before I moved to Chicago with my family!”

Wendy Widom, partner at

You won’t get lost in newcomer’s fog with this down-to-earth guide in your pocket. Now you can relax in the knowledge that everything you need to help you settle into the USA’s third largest city with your family is here. Written by an expat wife and mother, Véronique Martin-Place, you can be sure no corner of the area known fondly as The Loop has been unexplored.

Topics include:

  • How to find the right school for your child
  • How to find the right place to live
  • How to make friends and have fun
  • How to make the most of your host city

“The education culture shock I encountered when my daughters started school in the local system in Chicago was so earth-shattering that I resolved on the spot to write this book,” explains the author, who comes from France. “Everything was different here and I discovered that all the other arriving families felt the same, whether they spoke the language or not.”


Publication date September 2012

Price $17.99 print $7.97 kindle

Summertime Publishing

ISBN 978-1-904881-68-1 (print); ISBN 978-1-904881-69-8 (kindle)

272 pp, paperback



For interviews with the author and to arrange review copies, extracts and articles, please contact the author at For publisher queries, contact Jo Parfitt at

The author is based in Shanghai. The publisher is based in the Netherlands.


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