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Old 12-02-2006, 08:37 AM   #1
 
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I was offered a job there, so I am curious about Chicago area living. Thanks.
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I live an hour and a half away so I'm no help, unless you want to commute. But you should come visit me when you get here.
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I live in the city. What do you want to know?
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what are the neighborhoods
what each is like
how much it costs to live in each

anything within a 30 minute commute, i guess.

tantrum: if i move, sure. no decision yet.
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You're talking about a huge area. Where was your job offer? What are you looking for? For instance, are you looking for family friendly area or more of a hopping nightlife type of area? Also do you want to buy a place or rent? Do you have a car or do you need to be near public transportation? Can you drive in the snow? If you give me a little more information, I'll be happy to help you out.
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You're talking about a huge area. Where was your job offer? What are you looking for? For instance, are you looking for family friendly area or more of a hopping nightlife type of area? Also do you want to buy a place or rent? Do you have a car or do you need to be near public transportation? Can you drive in the snow? If you give me a little more information, I'll be happy to help you out.
ok, i'll try again.

what are neighborhoods within the city limits like (cost, quality).
what are suburbs on the outskirts like (cost, quality).

One offer in Westchester which sounds like a suburb; another offer in the city east of I-90 and north of 290, I think. A place to rent. Don't care if it's family friendly or hopping nightlife type of area. I have a car, but can use public transportation. I don't know.

Hope that helps.
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Old 12-02-2006, 03:08 PM   #7
 
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Curlyarca--

I'm from Chicago (the city). You'll love it (I think).

If you were offered a job in Westchester (yes, it's a Western suburb 10 minutes from Chicago), you may want to check out Oak Park. It's a very artsy, diverse suburb located, literally, across the street from Chicago. You see a lot of biracial, multicultural and diverse people over all. I lived in Oak Park for several years and it's probably the only suburb I would live in. Several of my friends live in Oak Park now.

Westchester is right off of I-290, so you'd have an easy drive to the city. Oak Park is also located right next to 290. When I lived in OP, it took me 10 minutes (less when there wasn't a lot of traffic) to get downtown. The CTA L-trains also run through Oak Park. It takes about 15-20 minutes to get downtown by train. There's good public transportation in Oak Park that you really don't feel like you are in the suburbs.

Other suburbs close to Westchester are LaGrange, Bellwood, Riverside, North Riverside, Brookfield. They are nice but quite "boring" in terms of things to do and diversity. LaGrange might be a place to consider as it is next to Weschester and does seem to have a bit more culture. But, again, I think you will love Oak Park.

If you are interested in living in the city, I would recommend Printer's Row or the South Loop (which run into each other): everything south of Harrison Street to about 22nd street from Dearborn to Lake Shore Drive. They are located on the edge of the downtown area. Printer's Row and the South Loop are known for there lofts, but you can also find all types of apartments, condos, etc. I hang out in these areas also when I go home to visit. There are lots of coffee shops and other cultural places in these areas. I also recommend these neighborhoods because it would be easy for you to get to work in Westchester.

I'm from Lakeview and my family still lives there. But it is so overcrowded with people. Lakeview and Lincoln Park are the "trendy" areas.

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Old 12-02-2006, 03:22 PM   #8
 
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chicago is great and has many great neighborhoods

rent varries greatly depending on the neighborhoods you choose to live in .


i have lived here all my life and know it pretty well.
You can p.m for info on specific areas if you want .
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I agree with Costenya that you'll love living here. I don't really know a lot about the western suburbs, but I have heard good things about Oak Park. I live in the northwest part of the city. One thing you can do is call up a service like Chicago Apartment Finders, and they can help you find an area that you might want to live in and an apartment in your price range.
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Old 12-03-2006, 01:42 PM   #10
 
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This is just the sort of info i was looking for. Thanks for the feedback, and I'll probably be pming some of you soon if I take one of the jobs. I'm kind of excited since my current job is B-O-R-I-N-G right now.
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I'm from Lakeview and my family still lives there. But it is so overcrowded with people. Lakeview and Lincoln Park are the "trendy" areas.
You're not kidding. I work in Lincoln Park, and can't understand why anyone would want to live here... overcrowded, expensive, and boring. Everyone looks the same here... it just seems kind of plastic.

Lakeview is a little more fun, but still way too overcrowded.

I like the Northwest neighborhoods: Albany Park, Irving Park, Lincoln Square. Logan Square is nice, too. Way more affordable, diverse areas.

Oak Park is nice as suburbs go. I wouldn't go much farther out than that, though. I grew up in the suburbs and I'm in no hurry to go back.
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Old 12-04-2006, 09:53 AM   #12
 
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I'm relativley new to Chicago and so I don't have very much to offer. I am living in Bucktown/Wicker Park. I really like the shopping and restaurants (tons of sushi places around here), the nighlife is decent if your into that, and it is supposedly the up & coming area of Chicago.

What I HATE about this area are all of the RATS. Anytime I go for a stroll, no matter how long or short, no matter what part of the neighborhood I am in, I find myself dodging monster sized rats.
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Old 12-09-2006, 01:25 PM   #13
 
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What about Schaumburg?

My company has a branch there, and a position is available that I actually qualify for. According to this Google map, it seems to be in the Chicago area.

What is living like there?
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Old 12-09-2006, 04:53 PM   #14
 
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Schaumburg is a suburb. It is definitely not city living, if that's what you're looking for. But there is excellent shopping and good places to eat. There are also comedy clubs and bars and stuff like that. I think apartments are pretty reasonable there too (as compared to someplace like Lincoln Park).
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