Quote from Addy_NICU
Hey Little Cat!
I do believe the nursing is somewhat different. more resources, more autonomy. Mt. Sinai is in a "gray" area of town and you probably want to live northeast of it. Yes, it will cost more, but you will live in a safer area. When looking for apartments/houses PLEASE AVOID the following areas:
Humbolt Park, Hyde Park, Cicero, Garfield, anything SOUTH of the Eisenhower, Logan Square....
Nicer areas include: Wicker Park, Ukranian Village ($$), Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Gold Coast...I just moved here myself, and although I have a little bit longer of a commute to work, living in a safer area is well worth it.
It is risky telling someone to avoid an area, not everyone enjoys the same.
I personlly would indeed avoid Cicero, (it is a nearby suburb and I used to live near there).
I would also not tell someone to Hyde Park or blanket "anything south of the I-55 expressway, (yet there is a dividing line pretty much based on socioecenomic status but...with gentrification so many are blurred now, you really must see it or know someone to find your place).
Just to help with different names for same expressways:
Interstate, (I) 55 is also known as the Eisenhower or the Ike
I-94 south of I-55 is known as the Dan Ryan
I-90 and I-290 I am not sure of but, they both have "Names" also
The University of Chicago is in Hyde Park and while there are areas near there that may have lots of car break ins, I know a couple of people who are very happily residing in that neighborhood. I would also NEVER avoid Logan Square but, would be careful to visit the potential apartment at several times of the day/days of the week before moving.
Gen-good luck and welcome!