Solistus wrote:Thanks for the info. How do the LSD and red line buses compare for commuting time/convenience? There are a *ton* of listings near LSD, so that opens up a lot more options.
Padmapper shows some decent looking studios for ~1k/month around Clark/Division. I think that's what I found earlier that was labeled as 'Gold Coast'. The other approach would be to find something farther north in LP/LV, where I could choose between getting a bigger 1br instead of a studio or going a good bit under budget on a studio. I'm just not sure which cheap listings are good deals and which ones are just in undesirable locations. Are there any specific areas between campus and Buena Park that I should definitely avoid?
Someone else who knows Chicago even better than I do might be able to chime in here (i'm familiar, I've just never lived there) but here's my two cents:
When I was looking I set Boystown, which is basically North lakeview, as my northernmost limit. Two reasons for this: It takes about 25 minutes on the express bus to get down to school which is pretty much the longest commute i wanted to put up with. The second reason is that I just find the neighborhoods north of there to be less fun/desirable. Not dangerous or anything like that. I've actually never been in Buena Park but I just looked it up and it seems totally fine. The difference between it and boystown/wrigleyville seems sort of negligible. It looks like there's less shops etc in the immediate vicinity, but they are not far away. I imagine itll be a little bit sleepier/quieter which could be a good or bad thing. Again probably splitting hairs even really considering it all that separate from my own northern limit of Boystown.
As far as everywhere else between there and school? If you find a place I say go for it. There's differences between lake view and lincoln park but i'm not sure they're significant enough to offset finding a good place at a good price. Lakeview will probably be cheaper though in general.
I found my place on padmapper or craigslist (can't remember). One of the things I did when I was looking at places was google the landlords/property management companies and look for reviews. Many of them will have some. This is tricky because the people who are going to be inclined to leave reviews about their landlord are generally not going to happy campers. So you need to take it with a grain of salt. But after looking at a number of these you'll get a feel for which ones might have legitimate issues. This can also tip you off if a building that looks really nice in the photos actually has problems (like bedbugs).