ncterp wrote:How do you like West Town/Noble Square? Doing research on apartments from afar, it seems like a much more affordable area than Streeterville with an easy? commute on the 66. What has been your experience there and would you recommend the area to a 1L moving to Chicago with a S/O that will be looking for work/does not know yet where that work will be? Thank you!
I think it's a GREAT neighborhood. It's just south of yuppie-ville (Wicker Park), and it has a good mix of income levels and backgrounds of people (which I like). If you will be bothered by bodegas that hang signs in Spanish, it might not be for you. If you love cheap tacos, you'll be in heaven. I'm seven minutes or two quick bus stops from a Dominick's, and 10 minutes/4 stops from a Jewel and the blue line. Access to transportation is great, and it's a fun place to explore. There's nothing about the area that I really dislike, and I love paying half the price for twice the space compared to places I've seen in Streeterville.
As for your SO, it's pretty easy to get downtown via the blue line, and it's generally easy to get to other transport lines/hubs via bus. Since you have no idea where he/she will be working, it's hard to say, but unless it's really far, commute shouldn't be too bad for him/her.