I'm considering moving out of state after I graduate from college. I live in Chicago now and love that I don't have to drive. I can walk to anything necessary (grocery stores, Target, hardware stores are a mile or less away) and take public transit anywhere I can't walk to anytime of the day or night. Is it unrealistic to expect to find another city like this? I haven't traveled outside of Illinois so I have no idea what anywhere else is like.
Any opinions on Portland, OR? My mom would like to live there, so it's in the consideration pile.