Rampage1 wrote: Desert Fox wrote: Holly Golightly wrote:
Rampage1 wrote:Does anyone have any suggestions for family oriented neighborhoods? I've never been to Chicago so I am sort of shopping in the dark.
How close to school are you looking? River West, Bucktown, Andersonville, Uptown, and parts of Lincoln Park all have areas in them that are fairly family-oriented.
I'd add Ravenswood and Lincoln Square. They are fairly pricey, but family friendly. Commuting via the brown line (transfer to Red) wouldn't be that bad. I think around 30 min. I'd take out Uptown, it's got a crime problem. I wouldn't avoid it because it's not that bad, but it's not a family neighborhood.
Thanks for the input. Anything within a reasonable distance to school will work. I know it will be a pain in the ass to commute during 1L, but my main concerns are safety and $$$. I've had my eye on Lincoln Park for awhile and will check out Ravenswood and Lincoln Square, too. How are the job prospects looking for everyone?
Its dependent on the space you need and budget, but places like Wicker Park have changed a lot and are actually very safe, have a bunch of parks, and a few good schools- and its chicago anyway so good chance someone will have to drive a kid to school somewhere else regardless of where you live.
I love lincoln park but its too expensive. There are some great spots in Lakeview, especially western lakeview and the areas that border lincoln park like sheffield etc. I really recommend hiring a renters agent - the truth is they get a ton of listings that don't go out on craigslist etc. or any of the trades and pubs online or otherwise. And in the end, you don't pay them, and you will get the same rate.
If you want to talk more about Bucktown, Wicker Park or Ukranian villiage, let me know. I live in WP and its a 2 minute blue line, 20 minute bus to school. But its also chicago so that 25 minute commute can become 50 minutes if there is a lot of waiting.