You've only been looking for 2 months (I don't count the months pre license number because most places don't consider applicants without a license) so I would keep applying and hoping. A lucky few get interviews/jobs within 3 months of applying but most take several months before landing a spot. It took me 6 months. Chicago is a hard area =/ Lots of schools
and very limited spots. You're probably not scoring full time non nursing jobs
because HR sees that nursing degree on your resume, and they assume you'll quit as soon as a nursing job presents itself. Let's face it, it's a safe assumption lol
Widen your search grid. I realize you want to stay with your boyfriend, but.....is it he can't move, or he won't move? Big difference between those two. At this point, you need to do what's best for your career. Move for a job. It'll suck, sure.....but the beauty of working in a hospital, you'll have lots of off days where you can visit your hometown again. Between that and skype/FB/msn/iChat/insert whatever IM you use, it wouldn't be that bad. Don't assume you'll hate wherever you end up! Go into it with a positive attitude. You said yourself you're more likely to find a job outside of the Chicago metro area. Do it. The sooner you start applying, the sooner you can start.
And a note about your loans.....be proactive. If you haven't found anything by May, call and tell them your situation. You can get hardship deferments with just a phone call. It takes all of 5 minutes. The Dept of Education would much rather have people contact them before their loans get in trouble.
Good luck! Like someone said, we've all been there. Keep the faith.