Carmelo Anthony is researching the city of Chicago as he approaches his anticipated free agency.

Anthony has spoken to at least one high-profile person who lives in Chicago about what it is like to live in the city.

The Bulls have also been doing their due diligence on Anthony in recent days, with Tom Thibodeau reaching out some of his former coaches.

Anthony is also expected to consider the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks, while the Miami Heat are another option.

Anthony can sign a maximum contract worth $129 million over five years with the Knicks. He can ink a maximum deal worth $96 million over four years with another team.