Hey! I loved Loyola as an undergrad student--hence why I am going back! I really felt a good connection with all of my professors and it was a very hand-on, personal experience, plus Loyola had a TON to offer (study abroad, recreation, location, etc). I think the experience at the Maywood campus will be quite a bit different since we are so far away from the main campus, but I am hoping there will still be activities and groups to join! I am attending the Nov 12th info session so I am hoping to get answers about that.
I just went out to Oak Park with my boyfriend this weekend to check out the neighborhoods and apartments. It seemed very fun and safe, and there are a surprising amount of good bars/cafes/restaurants/shops! I'm looking in the avenue shops area and the downtown area (near the green line) and I think I will be able to find a nice 1 bedroom or even 2 bed place for under $1200! There are a lot that are even cheaper (under $1000) but I have a dog and a car so that limits my options :)
One tip I would suggest for when you start looking is don't live too far east in Oak Park--the next neighborbood east is Austin which is fairly sketchy and has much higher crime rates than Oak Park!