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- Mar 20, '12 by PrayToTheUnicornUltimately, the options are endless and only you can visit and determine.
My short-list suggestions are Logan Square (blue line), Ukrainian Village, Wicker Park (blue line), Lincoln Square (brown line) and Andersonville because all of these areas have their own mini urban centers of shopping and eating/nightlife streets, are relatively safe but still have some affordability if you look closely. How could I have forgotten Andersonville in earlier discussions? It's super cute and has lots to see and do, tons of antique and refab/thrift shops, great restaurants, quiet pretty side streets. Has some culture as it's the main lesbian neighborhood. Andersonville and Ukrainian Village both are a bit off the train lines but not completely undoable.
- Apr 23, '12 by ashfostAnyone have any info on Wrigleyville or Lincoln Park? Relocating from ATL in another year and those were the areas we were told to look into.
- Apr 23, '12 by JuliwithoutaneQuote from ashfostWhat kind of info?Anyone have any info on Wrigleyville or Lincoln Park? Relocating from ATL in another year and those were the areas we were told to look into.
- Apr 24, '12 by ashfostThe "vibe" of each neighborhood. We are in our mid and late twenties and are looking for a safe yet fun and trendy neighborhood. A little diversity would be awesome too. Also, I love public transit so I'd like to be able to utilize that too!
- Apr 24, '12 by JuliwithoutaneQuote from ashfostThere is little to no diversity or culture in either of those neighborhoods. That's actually true for most of Chicago, except like, albany park. Both neighborhoods are as safe as any place in Chicago. I wouldn't call either of them trendy though. I think for trendy you'd look in Ukrainian village...but don't quote me on that. Trendy is not something I'm knowledgeable on. .The "vibe" of each neighborhood. We are in our mid and late twenties and are looking for a safe yet fun and trendy neighborhood. A little diversity would be awesome too. Also, I love public transit so I'd like to be able to utilize that too!
Wrigleyville is a great place to be if you like baseball, bro-dudes, and partying. Lincoln Park is good if you like fancy shopping and brunch...and also bro-dudes. These are GROSS generalizations but I can't really think of a better way to describe it. If you want something a bit less...white bread, I'd look in bucktown/wicker park/Logan square/Ukrainian village. BUT Lincoln Park is a very good 'starter' neighborhood for Chicago. It's the first place I lived when I moved here. Really, exploring is the only way you will know what is right for you. And there are so many other factors...transportation, parking, etc. Take all of this with a grain of salt as I'm in my early 30s and have outgrown both of the neighborhoods you mention. If you have any other questions I'd be happy to answer them! I love people moving here
- Apr 24, '12 by UpliftingRNI have a question.... Is 56,000 a decent salary to live on in Chicago? I'm moving there from NYC where I'm making 84,000! I expected a lower salary considering the lower cost of living but it still seems quite low. Any thoughts?
- Apr 28, '12 by ashfostThanks for the info. I agree, exploring is probably the best way but with so many neighborhoods available, I'd like to have a few narrowed down :-D Thanks!
- Apr 28, '12 by PrayToTheUnicornAt 56 k your take home pay with claiming 0 dependents would still be around or close to say $3000 per month. I would hope you can live on that. Find affordable rent. Make a budget. For the first time in my life I have a subsatntial savings. I never started saving until I moved to Chicago. In New York I spent every penny and then some.