I'm an RN currently working in the OR in NYC and I am planning on moving to Chicago in July. According to the research I've been doing it seems these are the top 3 hospitals to work in Chicago and I was curious if anyone knew what the salaries were like. I have 4 years experience and in NYC I make a little over $40/hr. I realize the cost of living is a lot less (I'm hoping) in Chicago, but I still want to have a ball park salary figure so I can start looking for apartments that will fit my income. As a side note if anyone would volunteer any info on average cost of a 2bdrm apartment in Chicago? Thanks!!
In NYC I lived in Greenpoint but this was before the great migration east and definitely before the era of new construction and renovation. Ah, those were the days (2000-ish).
Based on your current area you may really enjoy Humboldt Park or Pilsen.
Pilsen is on the near south side and is mainly Mexican and very affordable rent-wise. It runs along 18th street and you can get there on the pink line el.
Logan Square and Avondale are a mix between families and young professionals. Same for Humboldt Park, which is also the Puerto Rican neighborhood. These are very near the hipster-artsy-bohemian areas of Wicker Park, Bucktown and Ukrainian Village and along the blue line el.
If I could afford to live in Lincoln Square I would love that. German, Polish, Korean and Thai food abounds, and everything in between too. A mix of young professionals and families but I am priced out (it's very nice up there). It is along the brown line el.
Hyde Park is gorgeous and has some nice restaurants and shops. It's near UC.
The areas you mention are affordable. Where you live might depend on where your job is, since you'll probably want to live on the el line that goes nearest to work.
As an aside, Chicago is very divided geographically along racial lines. The north side is very homogenously white. West and northwest are white and hispanic. Near south is black and hispanic, and farther south is mainly black. There are exceptions of course, but that's the basic breakdown. I mention this not to get into some big discussion about this aspect of the city, but for some reference points and food for thought for you since you enjoy living in Spanish Harlem and enjoy the multicultural aspects of a diverse neighborhood (me too).
Last edit by PrayToTheUnicorn on Mar 14, '12
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